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AgriFutures Australia Annual Report 2018-19
Welcome to our November 2019 Newsletter and we are proud to present to you the AgriFutures Australia Annual Report 2018-19 which has just been tabled this week in Federal Parliament.

Within the report, you'll see how diverse our levied industries such as chicken meat, rice, export fodder, thoroughbred horses, honey bee and pollination, ginger, tea tree oil, pasture seeds, buffalo, kangaroo, goat fibre, deer and their bodies, panels and stakeholders guide our research, development decisions and expenditure.

In the words of our Chair Kay Hull AM, "despite the ongoing drought wreaking havoc and devastation across all of agriculture, our industries have stayed positive and have worked cooperatively with us to ensure a productive future for our nation."

In 2018-19, AgriFutures Australia managed 105 new projects across all four arenas. The total investment of the new projects is more than $15 million. Our number of current projects stands at 331 and the total allocated expenses for all current projects over the life of the projects is $43 million.

For more information go to:
Annual Report 2018-19

Key dates
Minister McKenzie making a buzz about bees
The Australian honey bee industry including AgriFutures Australia has welcomed a $1.5 million grant to raise awareness and ensure bee health and longevity. More here
SunRice Grower of the Year operation opens for visitors
Rice growers will see up close exactly what impressed the SunRice Grower of the Year award judges when they visit Peter and Renee Burke’s operation on Thursday, 12 December 2019 at Jerilderie, NSW. More here
No horsing around when it comes to equine fertility
Thanks to the ground breaking work of University of Newcastle postdoctoral researcher Dr Zamira Gibb, a small device can predict stallion sperm quality at the time of breeding. More here
Latest news and events
The future of agriculture is autonomous and it’s robotic. Addressing this opportunity is SwarmFarm Robotics who develop high-accuracy fleets of robots and to date, have sold $1.1 million worth of machines and are committed to another $5.5million in orders. They are just one of 38 innovative startups who have been selected to showcase their agricultural technologies at evokeAG. February 2020.

The Climate Research Strategy for Primary Industries (CRSPI) is pleased to announce the Climate and Carbon in Agriculture Conference 2020. Being held at the Adelaide Convention Centre on 31 March and 1 April 2020, CRSPI will bring together people from across a wide range of commodity sectors, primary producers, government, investors and researchers to arm attendees with the latest climate and carbon related information and strategies for the agricultural sector.

Australia’s agricultural industries have the opportunity to harness the benefits of big data and digital technology, and it’s a case of working together at all levels, according to the Australian Farm Institute’s Executive Director Mick Keogh. Research has shown that digital innovation could lift the GVP of the Australian agricultural sector by $20.3 billion.

Since 2010 the AgriFutures™ Horizon Scholarship has been providing learning opportunities to the people who will drive the future prosperity of Australian rural industries and regional communities. Now as we approach the 10-year anniversary of the program, we’re looking back on the decade that was and exploring what’s on the horizon for this transformative program. One person who has been there from the very beginning is Bryce Ives, who has facilitated the annual workshop.