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Have you got a spare moment?

Because we have got some research, reports and resources you may be interested in reading. Despite the national lockdown, it has been busy across our industries and at AgriFutures Australia. 
 
Researchers and industry continue to work behind the scenes on a number of
projects, studies and publications including an investigation into the use of emu oil as a potential treatment for a type of inflammatory bowel disease. This month we have also released a series of reports and publications which have already generated significant attention from our primary producers, researchers, media, corporates and more. 

One of these is our
provenance toolkit for rural business storytelling. The toolkit has been created to help Australian producers build provenance narratives for their businesses. 

We’ve also got some additional resources for our honey bee and truffle producers which you can read more about below. 

It has also been an exciting month for leadership programs, all of our AgriFutures Rural Women’s Award 2020 finalists have now been announced with the NSW/ACT winner crowned this week. Our Horizon Scholarship program has also attracted its latest cohort, find out who will be joining this cohort of future leaders below. 

Stay tuned as we showcase their stories and ideas on how they plan to make our rural, remote and regional communities even stronger throughout the year. 

If you haven’t already done so, make sure you subscribe to our evokeAG. podcast channel 'The Best of evokeAG.' and
catch our latest episode via the evokeAG. website

Please keep in touch by following our social media channels and we will catch you again in May.

 
Key dates
 
 
Fall armyworm
Biosecurity alert: fall armyworm
In mid-February 2020, fall armyworm was detected for the first time on Australia’s mainland. Since then, the pest has travelled more than 700km from the original detection. View our latest update for information on chemical options for the pest and answers to common questions. 
 
Black truffle
New biosecurity resources to help Australian truffle growers combat pests and diseases
“The field guide makes it easy to identify the possible culprits, then look in the management manual for ways to control the pest in a way that’s safe for my orchard.”
Lauren Chartier
Researcher in the spotlight: Lauren Chartier
Emu oil has traditionally been used to ease pain and promote healing of wounds, burns, rashes and scars. University of Adelaide PhD student, Lauren Chartier, is now investigating how orally-administered emu oil can help in oncological applications.
Lauren Chartier
Bee nutrition after drought and fires
A new factsheet gives beekeepers operating in drought and fire affected areas throughout the country important advice on bee nutrition. It may be necessary to explore supplementary feeding which can be expensive but necessary to support populations when pollen is scarce. 
 
Latest news and events
Forklift carrying sugar
New study reveals the true cost of trade barriers to Australian agriculture
Australian farmers are losing 15 per cent of their farm income and missing out on almost 30 per cent more export opportunities due to agricultural subsidies and trade barriers.

A new AgriFutures Australia-funded study fills a knowledge gap in the current cost of trade subsidies, arming our rural industries and governments with evidence to inform trade negotiations and policy discussions going forward.
Bringing innovation to the classroom. Applications for the startup.business program opening soon
Applications for the 2020 startup.business program open on Monday, 11 May 2020 for schools looking to apply for funding to deliver this exciting and dynamic program. The program provides students with a number of agricultural challenges, such as water supply and animal traceability, and encourages them to brainstorm and pitch solutions.
Horizon Scholars participating in the 2019 workshop
2020 AgriFutures Horizon Scholarship announced
We are thrilled to announce the 14 recipients of the 2020 Horizon Scholarship, a program designed to kick start the next generation’s careers in agriculture.

The Scholarship provides its scholars with $10,000, thanks to ongoing support from industry sponsors, which provides assistance with study and living expenses for the final two years of the students’ agricultural related degree. 
Ann Ross from Hive Haven
Supporting Australian primary producers to be more than just technology consumers 
We need to continue to keep our primary producers informed about the technology available and how to make it work effectively. That's why we've partnered with Farmers2Founders who've been working on developing entrepreneurship for primary producers. Two agribusinesses who’ve benefited from the program share their learnings.