AgriFutures Australia Newsletter - May 2020
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Seedlings emerging

Fresh insights for the AgriFutures Australia newsletter

Still packed with program news and updates, our newsletter now includes two brand new sections highlighting our funding opportunities and the latest news which is catching our attention. 

In this May 2020 edition, we are excited to shine a light on the billion dollar seaweed industry and how Australia is getting involved through a new blueprint which is set to create new coastal jobs and help regenerate our waterways.

We also showcase our Thoroughbred Horses and Pasture Seeds Programs with some exciting new research which you can read more about below. 

As always, we welcome your feedback on our latest newsletter and we encourage you to stay up-to-date with our latest news as it comes to hand by following us on social media. 

Stay safe and well during these challenging times. 

 
Lucerne
Plan to protect Australian lucerne industry from exotic disease
Despite there being no evidence of Alfalfa Dwarf Disease (ADD) in Australia, the risk of accidental introduction remains. Researchers are further investigating ADD to determine the potential risk it could pose to the industry.
Using Virtual Reality to analyse jockey performance
Racing to improve jockey health and safety
While concussion is the most common head injury sustained by professional athletes, there is currently no objective test for it. Dr Brad Wright is working with Racing Victoria to identify reliable blood biomarkers of concussion in Australian professional jockeys.
Chicken Meat Program team
AgriFutures Australia expands Chicken Meat Program and its world-class research
The chicken meat industry continues to grow from strength to strength and has an estimated retail value of around $6.6 billion. AgriFutures Australia is investing in resources to ensure they match this growth. 
Mark Groat
Report finds the future of the Australian rice industry depends on making every drop of water count
Increasing water use efficiency is the key driver to sustained production of Australian rice says AgriFutures Australia-supported Nuffield Scholar Mark Groat. We showcase some of Mark's key rice industry insights. 
 
Latest news and events
Sheep in paddock
Provenance toolkit to help rural businesses stand out from the crowd
Sharing your product’s origin story, history or journey to market is a powerful way to connect with your consumers and differentiate brands in the market.

Created by marketing experts, the provenance toolkit offers a suite of practical resources available for download via the AgriFutures Australia website. The toolkit is aimed at Australian producers who want to build an impactful provenance narrative for their food and fibre business and share it with current and prospective clients.
Seaweed
Blueprint for a $billion Australian seaweed industry
The current global market for seaweed products such as food, cosmetics, nutraceuticals, animal feed and fertiliser is estimated at over US$11 billion and is expected to double in value by 2025. 

AgriFutures Australia has announced a new project with the Australian Seaweed Institute to develop the blueprint for the emerging seaweed industry in Australia. The industry is forecast to create new coastal jobs, help to protect and regenerate waterways and contribute to greenhouse gas reduction.
Planting a seedling
AgriFutures Rural Women’s Award National Announcement postponed
We've made the difficult decision to postpone the 2020 Rural Women’s Award Gala Dinner and National Announcement that was due to be held at Parliament House on 15 September 2020. This decision was made in line with the ongoing social distancing protocols. 

The 2020 AgriFutures Rural Women’s Award State/Territory Winners, will remain as their State/Territory Winner until September 2021 and we encourage you to
discover the inspiring projects that they will be working on throughout the year
Jessica Fealy
NFF Diversity in Agriculture Leadership Program cohort announced 
Twelve outstanding women with skills and a vision for agriculture have been selected for the National Farmers' Federation's 2020 Diversity in Agriculture Leadership Program.

And we are proud as punch because out of the twelve women selected, six are members of the AgriFutures Rural Women’s Award Alumni.

We spoke with one of the successful candidates, Jessica Fealy, to find out what this Program means to her.