A new software platform, Ag360, has been launched by a University of New England (UNE) subsidiary, offering predictive capability to producers anywhere. Some aspects of Ag360 will be familiar to producers. The platform is an expanded version of ASKBILL, the application developed by the Sheep CRC. When the CRC finished its last cycle, the Centre’s … Continue reading New platform predicts farm productivity
The Minister for Agriculture, David Littleproud has welcomed the news that Indonesia has completed the domestic ratification process for the free trade deal with Australia. Littleproud said this bilateral agreement has been an objective of the Australian Government for a long time and the benefits will begin to flow from the 5th July. “This is … Continue reading Free trade agreement good for agriculture
Increased use of precision agriculture practices and other workarounds can play a key role in softening the impact of potential agricultural input shortages due to COVID-19, agribusiness specialist Rabobank said in recent research. As the nation’s grain growers begin sowing the winter crop – in some of the most favourable seasonal conditions experienced in recent … Continue reading Softening the COVID-19 disruption risk
For cane and broadacre farmers, maximising crop yield is a constant challenge. To confront this challenge, farmers can turn to a number of different solutions, such as soil testing, changing chemical treatments, and better utilising fertilisers. A commonly under-utilised method, however, is to treat harvesters with better-quality lubricants. “Essentially, you want to get the same … Continue reading Harvesting the benefits of lubricants in farm equipment
Australian dairy farmers now have a tough and fair rule book to help them negotiate a fair price for their product with a mandatory Dairy Code of Conduct taking effect from 1 January 2020. Agriculture Minister Bridget McKenzie said Australia’s dairy farming organisations had worked hard to develop a Code that would support dairy farmers right … Continue reading Dairy code of conduct essential to help dairy farmers get a fair price
In times past, farmers were at the mercy of the elements to determine a successful yield of crops. As the global population grows and consumer preferences evolve, today’s modern farmer must also consider the scarcity of natural resources, the threat of climate change and the growing problem of food waste. The oldest human industry has … Continue reading Powering the future of farming
Progressive digitisation is increasingly important in the farming industry: data-supported targeted application of fertiliser and crop protection products, soil analysis sensors and autonomous operation are just a few of the buzz words in the current discussion around Farming 4.0 and smart farming. “Smart Farming can support more productive and sustainable farming via an accurate and … Continue reading Digitisation makes for more productive and sustainable farming
Fish is a nourishing, healthy food that is popular throughout the world. However, as the planet’s population grows, fish stocks in some oceans are dwindling. One way to address this shortage is fish farms. Popular in Europe, especially Nordic countries, aquaculture also occurs throughout Australia – from the tropical north to the more temperate climes … Continue reading Why industrial gases are important in fish farming
One of Australia’s largest and oldest cattle producers has launched one of Australia’s first carbon-neutral beefs. Five Founders is the first branded beef product to be launched by the North Australian Pastoral Company (NAPCo) and has been officially accredited as carbon neutral after meeting the Australian Federal Government’s strict criteria. NAPCo, which was founded in … Continue reading Cattle company serves up carbon neutral beef
A series of Agriculture Victoria workshops will be held in March, targeted at supporting producers recovering from the December flash flooding and ongoing dry conditions. Two workshops will be held in March in collaboration with the North East Catchment Management Authority (NECMA). In addition, farmers can contact Agriculture Victoria if they would like to engage … Continue reading Support workshops to help with flash flood recovery for Victorian farms
Equinom, a seed tech start-up, is combining natural breeding techniques with proprietary algorithms to produce high-functioning, non-genetically modified organism (non-GMO) seeds that have a superior nutritional profile while also boosting crop yield. The cutting-edge technology creates a next-step ecosystem directly connecting food companies to the supply chain, in turn bringing greater transparency and paving the … Continue reading Planting a smarter seed
When it comes to putting this season into perspective, Riverina grower Roy Hamilton has 128 years of rainfall records to show that, for his family’s property, this year is one of the driest since 1890. The Australian government’s Grains Research and Development Corporation explains that research is important in fighting climate change – something that … Continue reading Australian government: Research vital for farming in a challenging climate
A Brisbane-based ethical food business, which helps connect local farmers with local buyers, plans to be Australia’s first community-owned food hub. Food Connect, based at Salisbury in Brisbane’s south, is one of the first companies in Queensland to sign up to crowdfunding platform PledgeMe. It joins a growing number of companies around the world giving … Continue reading Equity crowdfunding business will help farming community in Queensland
The NSW government has released a $500 million emergency drought relief package as 99 per cent of NSW is in drought. This takes the total support to more than $1 billion, as farmers struggle with the worsening drought. Premier Gladys Berejiklian said farmers were facing one of the driest winters on record, resulting in failing crops, drastic water shortages … Continue reading NSW government offers more funding for drought-stricken farmers
Oyster farmers are hoping for greater investment with the release of a new financial strategy. The strategy, supported by the government’s farming together program, was endorsed by Ocean Watch and the NSW Farmers Oyster Committee. It is made up of five documents including, industry factsheets and templates, to help address industry priorities. The aim is … Continue reading Oyster farmers anticipate boost in business with new finance plan
Australia’s garlic industry has developed a new framework to push the quality and amount of garlic grown on Australian soil. Only about 20 per cent of garlic sold in Australia is grown domestically. With the Farming Together program, growers aim to expand production of late-season garlic to meet market demand from April to November – … Continue reading Plans in place to grow garlic produced on Australian soil
The Wimmera Mallee’s agriculture sector will soon be transporting produce to market with the Victorian state government’s Local Roads to Market program. Victorian Minister for Agriculture Jaala Pulford had announced the $5.54 million through round two of the program to widen a dangerously narrow 1.5 kilometre-section of Minyip-Banyena Road in the Yarriambiack Shire to improve access … Continue reading Wimmera Mallee road upgrades boost agribusiness in Vic
The specification will help clear up discrepancies in the regulatory framework, especially in developing countries facilitating public-private partnerships for animal welfare policy.
Industrialisation has left much of the urban environment contaminated with a variety of heavy metals, chemicals and pesticide residue.
Mondelēz International has published the first progress report on its Cocoa Life sustainability program, which highlights the wide-ranging impact and efforts to date across its six cocoa-growing origins.