AgriFutures Australia Newsletter - June 2020
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A showcase of diversity and overcoming adversity 

This month we share how we are living up to our vision to grow the long-term prosperity of Australia’s rural industries - through targeted research and by equipping our aspiring rural leaders with the skills they need to propel their industries forward. 

We share highlights from the past five years of the honeybee industry including the elevation of Australian honey as a superfood. It hasn't always been a smooth road for registered beekeepers, and the next 12 months will continue to challenge the industry. However, as one of the most adaptive and resilient industries in Australia, RD&E as well as innovation and perseverance from the industry will continue to contribute to the growth and success of the industry. 

We also share some updates from our Rural Women's Award Alumni who continue to elevate our rural industries and shine a positive light on all things agriculture. 

Make sure you check out our funding opportunities and key dates section at the end of this newsletter. There are plenty of new research open calls and opportunities to join our Advisory Panels to make a positive impact on our rural industries and communities.  

 
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Changing market requirements for the Australian export fodder industry 
“The onus is on exporters." A recently funded AgriFutures Export Fodder Program project provides advice to the industry about regulations and changing market requirements for chemicals, heavy metals and mycotoxins.
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Five from the hive: Highlights from the past five years of the honey bee industry 
As the sun sets on the 2014-15 to 2018-19 Five Year Research, Development & Extension Plan, the Honey Bee & Pollination Program has taken a moment to pause and reflect on a challenging but prosperous five years for the industry.
Gail Lowe
AgriFutures Tea Tree Oil Program researcher spotlight: Gail Lowe
As tea tree matures, like other woody plants, it becomes more difficult to propagate through cuttings. Gail Lowe is using her studies to overcome the difficulties of vegetatively propagating from mature tea tree plants.
 
Latest news and events
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Expertise sought to grow “next gen” emerging rural industries
The AgriFutures Emerging Industries Program is hitting its stride, calling for new applications for projects that can support the emergence of rural industries that can reach or exceed $10 million revenue by 2022.

The fourth round of applications is focused on project investment that can deliver clear commercial growth strategies.

The program aims to support projects that will unlock key challenges for industries and help them grow. 
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AgriFutures Rural Women’s Award Book
To celebrate 21 years of the AgriFutures Rural Women’s Award, AgriFutures Australia is creating a book showcasing the inspiring women who have participated in the Award since its inception.

The aim of the book is to demonstrate the impactful voice of all our State/Territory Winners by giving them a platform to share their message and help unlock the potential of all rural women. The book will be available digitally in September 2020.
So why yabbies? A showcase of why it pays off to be agile and diverse 
Winning the inaugural RIRDC Rural Woman of the Year award in 2000 opened many doors and opportunities for Mary Nenke and allowed her to pursue her commitment to growing opportunities for regional businesses and communities. 

She chats with us about how she turned her shearing shed into a unique Wheatbelt function centre, how she launched into a sophisticated and integrated yabby production business and why she is passionate about raising awareness of our farming families. 
Mary Nenke
evokeAG sign at the 2020 event
The Western Australia city of Perth will host evokeAG. on 15-16 February 2022
AgriFutures Australia in partnership with the Western Australian Government have postponed the evokeAG. 2021 event to 15-16 February 2022, in recognition of the unprecedented impact COVID-19 has had on the economy, particularly on those businesses and participants who have invested in evokeAG..

Keeping connected globally during a time of ‘no global travel’ is a priority. Through high quality online engagement we intend to keep these connections growing.