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Annual Operation Plan 2019-2020: Research and innovation for rural prosperity

Our 2019-2020 Annual Operational Plan sets out AgriFutures Australia’s research and investment plan for the third year of our Strategic R&D Plan 2017-2022.

In 2017, we launched the AgriFutures Australia Strategic R&D Plan 2017-2022. It is built on four distinct arenas and goals. It also represents the organisation’s broad commitments in delivering on the priorities of the Australian Government, its stakeholders and our clear mandate to grow the long-term prosperity of our levied industries, people and communities through research, capacity building and innovation.

As we enter the half way mark of our current Strategic Plan, it is a great time for our organisation to reflect on our mandate and most importantly reinforce our commitment to our thousands of levy payers across the 13 industries that we serve.

This 2019-2020 Annual Operational Plan profiles each arena including the strategic priorities, programs and outcome focused key performance indicators that all point to one theme – growing the long-term prosperity of Australian rural industries. We have set KPIs that will deliberately enable and enhance the delivery of results for our levied industries, emerging industries and the people involved in Australian agriculture.

We believe in delivering tangible, practical and productive outcomes – until our research leads to practice change on-farm, the return on investment is zero.

Key dates
Honey Bees
Study shows promise in detecting and treating disease in honeybees
Preliminary trials have shown there's a direct correlation between gut bacteria numbers in honeybees and the overall health of hives, according to the latest research from the University of Canberra funded by AgriFutures Australia. Read more here
Lucerne trials reveal water stress response
Twenty-nine commercial and pre-release lucerne varieties have been tested under modified irrigation management systems.
The trials funded by AgriFutures Australia and Lucerne Australia showed a significant boost in seed yield when a delay in irrigation increased plant stress.
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Freight costs drive global performance for Australia's agricultural commodities
Freight costs continue to dampen Australia’s competitiveness on the international commodities market with logistics the largest single cost item for many agricultural products. AgriFutures Australia commissioned Deloitte Access Economics to investigate farm transport costs from paddock to port.
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Latest news and events
2018 National Winner Krista Watkins and Ruinner-up Darrylin Gordon
Tickets now on sale for the 2019 AgriFuturesTM Rural Women's Award Gala Dinner & National Announcement
The National Winner and Runner-Up of AgriFutures™ Rural Women’s Award will be announced on Wednesday, 11 September at a Gala Dinner at Parliament House in Canberra. Tickets to the black tie event are limited and are now on sale.
The seven inspiring women recently announced as 2019 AgriFutures™ Rural Women’s Award state and territory winners will gather in the Great Hall, Parliament House for the announcement.
2018 Winner Krista Watkins and Runner-Up Daryl
evokeAG. early bird tickets on sale
evokeAG. 2020 early bird tickets on sale
AgriFutures Australia is proud to announce that it will once again host Asia Pacific’s largest agrifood tech event, evokeAG. Join innovators from across the region and around the world on an aligned conversation on food and farming, which will allow our agricultural sector to move beyond today and be ready for tomorrow. Early bird tickets are on sale now. In 2020 there are also new ticket types for primary producers and students.
Future Young Leaders
evokeAG. 2020 Future Young Leaders applications now open
Are you a young Aussie or New Zealander with an informed opinion on how we need to shape our agriculture sector? You could be an evokeAG. 2020 Future Young Leader. The Future Young Leaders Program will identify eight emerging thought-leaders within agriculture to attend evokeAG. in Melbourne, February 2020 and present their key passion and research relating to one of the event themes – Food, Farm, Future – to an international audience. 
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Farmers harvesting at sunset
Farmers2Founders - Wagga Workshop

AgriFutures Australia is excited to be hosting the next Farmers2Founders' (F2F) workshop in Wagga Wagga, NSW connecting primary producers to global innovation and technology experts. The free workshop on Tuesday, 23 July 2019 gives producers tools to solve real industry issues, capitalise on and commercialise new technologies, and bring novel, high-value producsts to markets.

Farmers harvesting at sunset