New and emerging animal and plant industries play an important part in the Australian agricultural landscape. In addition to contributing to the national economy, they provide alternative enterprises to rural and regional communities, and some will be tomorrow’s major industries.

After detailed review of individual industries, we conduct many RD&E projects for new, emerging and other core funded plant and animal industries to assist them to become profitable, sustainable and productive.

About the industry

‘New’ refers to small industries that have achieved limited growth. ‘Emerging’ industries have accelerating growth and can be small to medium in size. ‘Core funded’ refers to AgriFutures Australia investment in industries that do not have a levy mechanism in place to contribute matching funds for RD&E. Instead, these industries rely mainly on budget allocated to AgriFutures Australia by the Australian Government.

The AgriFutures Australia new and emerging plant industries include consideration of many native plants such as wattle seed, Kakadu plum, seaweeds and native pepper as well as many newer additions to the Australian agricultural flora such as quinoa, hazelnuts and coffee.

The AgriFutures Australia new, developing and maturing animal industries cover around 40 animal species. It includes industries that are relatively new – such as sea urchin roe and camel milk, and some industries that are more established – such as game birds, working dogs, alpaca and crocodile.


Research funding is provided in the context of clear commercial growth strategies for developing these industries. Research funding for the New and Emerging Plant Industries program is provided by AgriFutures Australia core funds and matching industry voluntary contributions.


Duncan Farquhar
Program Manager, Research & Innovation
02 6923 2912
0429 495 499

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