AgriFutures Australia Newsletter - August 2020
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Pasture Seeds Advisory Panel

An industry-led approach to rural innovation

Our industry-led Advisory Panels play a crucial role in advising AgriFutures Australia on the current state of the industry, and its Research, Development and Extension (RD&E) requirements. In addition to this, they provide recommendations on short-listed research applications and they help us with the dissemination, adoption and commercialisation of new research. 

They are such an integral part to the success of our organisation and we welcome the opportunity to shine a spotlight on some of our Advisory Panel members in this month's newsletter. We are also excited to announce that we are on the search for new members for our Pasture Seeds and Ginger Advisory Panels. 

This month our industries participated in a joint-RDC Community Trust in Rural Industries webinar discussing insights and strategies to build and maintain community trust. This is a whole-of-sector challenge and there has been strong recognition across the board that we, as industry and producers, need to take a consistent, proactive approach to engaging the community around the drivers of trust. Get in touch to learn more about this important work. 

In this August edition, we also showcase some of our recent research from our goat fibre, honey bee and thoroughbred horses industries and encourage you to
visit the Publications and News sections of our website to learn more about the latest research to help you make your industry more profitable, sustainable and efficient. 

Lastly, we are seeking feedback from our stakeholders 
on how we can improve our services. We invite you to have your say by 1 September 2020.

 
Community Trust project video on YouTube
Community trust webinar
We recently shared project insights with our rural industries about how they can address the three drivers of trust; environmental responsibility, responsiveness to community concerns and importance of products. Missed the webinar? Contact us for a copy of the recording
 
John Hornbuckle
AgriFutures Rice Program researcher spotlight: John Hornbuckle
John Hornbuckle from Deakin University’s Centre for Regional and Rural Futures is looking to technology to make rice growing easier. His latest project will assist in reducing labour requirements and making more precise water management decisions. 
Mare and foal
Improving diagnosis and preventing pregnancy loss in Australian thoroughbreds
Current estimates indicate that more than five per cent of thoroughbred foals are lost pre-term in Australia and little is understood about what causes these pregnancy losses. New research seeks to better understand the risk factors. 
Goats
Sustainable goat handling guidelines to prepare producers for market expectations
New guidelines on sustainable goat fibre production aim to help goat fibre producers meet customer expectations around animal health and welfare, social welfare and environmental stewardship.
 
Latest news and events
Pasture Seeds Advisory Panel members
Keeping your head in a curious space
“The members on our Advisory Panel are a diverse bunch who use their skill set to ensure levy monies are best spent so that growers can make a difference to productivity and profitability.”

With applications for new members now open, the Pasture Seeds Advisory Panel members share their reasons for joining the Advisory Panel and their personal highlights surrounding their involvement.
Dr Matt Hall and Ms Lucinda Hogan
Visionary panel members to support growth of emerging industries
Reimagining agricultural opportunities is a key driver for two newly appointed Emerging Industries Advisory Panel members, Dr Matt Hall and Ms Lucinda Hogan.

Selected as part of a competitive application process focussed on finding creative and open-minded people, the duo bring a wealth of experience, new perspectives and a passion for agricultural innovation to the AgriFutures Emerging Industries Advisory Panel.
Scholars from our Horizon Program brainstorming ideas
Annual Stakeholder Survey
Are you a farmer and a levy payer to AgriFutures Australia? Are you a researcher involved with a current research project? Or are you involved in one of our emerging industries? 

Our Stakeholder Survey is now open and we are seeking your opinions on how we do business so that we can continue to improve our services. Have your say by Tuesday, 1 September 2020.
Amy Kirke
Amy Kirke - 2020 AgriFutures Rural Women's Award NT Winner
Part mermaid, part human, Amy Kirke’s dedication to the ocean and its inhabitants has seen her develop an interactive outreach program focused on education about sustainable fishing.

The Darwin-based PhD student and marine biologist is passionate about drawing more women into the world of Science, Technology, Math and Engineering (STEM) – her commitment earning her the title of 2020 AgriFutures Rural Women's Award NT Winner.