AgriFutures Australia Newsletter - July 2020
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Horizon Scholars at the Murrumbidgee River in Wagga Wagga

Our focus on our people and leadership 

No one is born a leader. True leadership is a skill which needs to be learnt, developed, nurtured and encouraged. Skilled leadership is one of the most crucial elements in the health and prosperity of any rural industry. This month we shine a light on just some of the leadership and capacity building programs we are proud to partner with and support including the Farmers2Founders Ideas Program and the Australian Rural Leadership Program. 

We are excited to offer opportunities which invest in our stakeholder’s skills and passion for rural industries and we encourage you to keep an eye out for future opportunities by following our
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Essential oils
A new study into the effects of commercial essential oils on the human endocrine system
A research project which investigates the impact of commercial essential oils, including tea tree oil, on the human endocrine system has potential implications for many industries including agriculture, medicine and the cosmetics industry.
Beekeepers tending to their hives
Bee quick: honey bee and pollination development grants to boost the industry
Individuals and organisations with a project or idea which can benefit the Australian honey bee and pollination industry are invited to apply for a grant valued at up to $5,000. Applications close 13 August 2020.
Aleona Swegen
AgriFutures Thoroughbred Horses Program researcher spotlight: Aleona Swegen
Driven by industry experience and an appreciation for the thoroughbred horses industry, Dr Aleona Swegen is on the hunt to develop a new blood-based early pregnancy test for mares. 
 
Latest news and events
Edible insects on a plate
Roadmap to march Australia’s insect industry to $10 million
Australia’s insect industry has a practical plan to reach a five year, $10 million per annum industry target thanks to a new roadmap. 
Three key recommendations outlined in the roadmap include:

- Get insect industry members to share ideas and knowledge for the benefit of all involved.
Develop practical industry guidelines to provide the building blocks for a strong industry.
- Leverage these to invest in foundational research. 
Two farmers standing in a paddock with a drone and laptop
Farmers encouraged to apply for the Farmers2Founders Ideas Program
We are excited to be sponsoring the third Farmers2Founders Ideas Program and are encouraging anyone involved in our levied and emerging industries to apply for the opportunity before 21 August 2020.

The Ideas Program, set to kick-off in September, is designed to help primary producers test the potential of their idea, and determine how far they want to take it.

The Program takes participants on a practical journey to turn an idea into a feasible business.
Windmills
Showcasing our sustainability credentials on the international stage
A new study, Telling Australia’s rural industries story, is a snapshot of sustainability in the Australian agricultural, fisheries and forestry sector and how it tracks against the United Nations' Sustainable Development Goals.

“Paying closer attention to world trends when it comes to sustainability can pay real dividends for Australia’s food and fibre products and access to markets," says Jennifer Medway, Senior Manager Business Development, AgriFutures Australia. 
Mary Nenke
Farmer with his daughters in a paddock
Australian Rural Leadership Program applications open
AgriFutures Australia is encouraging individuals working in our levied and emerging industries to apply for the Australian Rural Leadership Program (ARLP). Applications for Course 28 are now open and close on Sunday, 16 August 2020.

In each cohort, approximately 30 leaders are engaged in a series of unique, immersive experiences to develop the adaptive skills to confidently overcome future challenges and act for the ‘greater good’ of rural and regional Australia.