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Ripe for the picking: Expertise sought to grow “next gen” emerging rural industries

Investment in rural industries tipped to be the next big thing such as coffee, sesame, industrial hemp and hazelnuts is at the forefront of the AgriFutures Emerging Industries Program and individuals and organisations being invited to share their exp...


AgriFutures Thoroughbred Horses Program Researcher Spotlight: Aleona Swegen

Driven by industry experience and an appreciation for the thoroughbred horses industry Dr Aleona Swegen, conjoint fellow at the Priority Research Centre for Reproductive Science University of Newcastle, is on the hunt to develop a new blood-based ear...


Chemical residues, heavy metals and mycotoxins are in the spotlight thanks to a new Australian export hay project

Funded by AgriFutures Australia through its Export Fodder Program the project provides advice to the Australian export fodder industry about regulations and changing market requirements for chemicals, heavy metals and mycotoxins.



There are many ways to be a part of the livestock industry and for former Horizon Scholar 26-year-old Kirsty McCormack she loves nothing more than people, and talking about cows. Branding herself and her social media as a “CowNerdGirl”.


AgriFutures Rural Women’s Award Book

The AgriFutures Rural Women’s Award is celebrating its 21st year of acknowledging and supporting the essential role women play in rural industries, businesses and communities.


From hero to zero and back again

After five years of sleepless nights, ten thousand hours of volunteering, and risking ‘pretty much everything’ to establish her charity “Sober in the Country;” founder, recovered alcoholic and former Rural Women’s Award Finalist, Shanna Wha...


The eternal optimist

Twenty years ago Mary Nenke won the then RIRDC Rural Women of the Year Award for Western Australia and today she’s busier than ever, looking for opportunities and passion in everything she does.


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 on reflect on a challenging but prosperous five years for the industry.


Who went carbon neutral first: chicken or the egg?

The more than 20 million Australians who regularly eat chicken and eggs will soon lower their dietary carbon footprint thanks to a new carbon neutral project from Australia’s poultry industries.


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 ...


Report finds the future of the Australian rice industry depends on making every drop of water count

Australian rice growers can justifiably call themselves some of the world’s most efficient producers. As an industry, it grows more top quality rice with less water than anywhere else in the world but to thrive into the future, an urgent step-chang...


NFF’s Diversity in Agriculture Leadership Program 2020 cohort announced

Twelve outstanding women with skills and a vision for agriculture have been selected for the National Farmers' Federation's 2020 Diversity in Agriculture Leadership Program. And we are proud as punch because out of the twelve women selected, six are ...


Racing to improve jockey health and safety

The only profession more dangerous than professional horseracing is off-shore fishing, with jockeys five times more likely to sustain a workplace concussion than AFL footballers. La Trobe University researcher Dr Brad Wright is using virtual-reality ...


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 (also known as vegetatively) as the propagules (new plants) have poor rooting and form, as well as reduced vigour. Gail Lowe, PhD at Southern Cross ...


AgriFutures Chicken Meat Program researcher spotlight: Dr Gareth Forde

This month we’re shining the research torch on Dr Gareth Forde, Adjunct Associate Professor at the Queensland University of Technology and Managing Director and Principal Engineer of All Energy Pty Ltd and


AgriFutures Australia expands its Chicken Meat Program and its world-class research

AgriFutures Australia is expanding its Chicken Meat Program with the appointment of new staff to complement its investment in our largest levied industry.