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AgriFutures Rice Program researcher spotlight: Ricky Vinarao

PhD candidate Ricky Vinarao has almost a decade's experience working in rice research from biotic stress resistance, abiotic stress tolerance, and molecular characterisation of elite genotypes. In 2019 Ricky successfully applied for a scholarship at ...


Help us shape the future of Australian agriculture

We're inviting stakeholders across all our rural industries, programs and projects to participate in our Annual Stakeholder Survey.


The Honey Bee & Pollination Advisory Panel farewells highly regarded colleagues

In 2020-21 the AgriFutures Honey Bee & Pollination Advisory Panel farewelled Dr Doug Somerville, Danny Le Feuvre and Tiffane Bates. Doug, Danny and Tiffane all served on the Advisory Panel at a pivotal time for the Program and the industry. While the...


Applications Open: AgriFutures Australia Honey Bee & Pollination Advisory Panel Chair

AgriFutures Australia is seeking applications from suitably qualified individuals for the position of Chair of the Honey Bee & Pollination Program Advisory Panel. Applications are now open and close on Tuesday, 8 June 2021.


New research to explore potential of pongamia as renewable fuel

Native to northern parts of Queensland and the Northern Territory, pongamia offers an opportunity for production as a sustainable, lower emission alternative to non-renewable transport fuels.


Innovation and applicability central to new Manager, Research Emma Hand

AgriFutures Australia's John Smith, General Manager Research has welcomed the appointment of Emma Hand in her new role as Manager, Research for AgriFutures Export Fodder, Ginger and Pasture Seeds Programs.


New Era for Oat Breeding: Significant investment over the next five years to accelerate the National Oat Breeding Program

The National Oat Breeding Program, backed by joint $5.4 million investment from AgriFutures Australia and the Grains Research and Development Corporation (GRDC) over five years, will be propelled into a new era under the leadership of commercial bree...


Plan Bee researcher profile: Dr Nadine Chapman

Plan Bee is a national genetic improvement program using innovative breeding technologies to transform the performance of honey bees in Australia. The project team are located throughout the country and are experts on everything from genetics, entomo...


Unlocking emerging potential at Northern Australia Food Futures Conference 2021

AgriFutures Emerging Industries Program investment in a range of diverse and burgeoning projects spanning new crop variety trials, development of research, development and extension (RD&E) plans, native foods, feasibility studies and agr...


New frontiers: agriculture sets sights on space technologies

Agriculture is the next frontier for space tech, with billion-dollar opportunities to super-charge technology adoption for farmers, fishers and foresters over the next five to ten years.


GRDC’s investment in the next generation of leaders

Grains Research Development Corporation (GRDC) has been a long-time sponsor of the program, with many future young leaders being provided with incredible opportunities thanks to their support, and commitment to the future of Australian agriculture....


How Simone Kain’s ‘George’ is teaching kids about the earth, food and farm

Simone Kain is the co-creator of the inspirational and educational character, George the Farmer. Growing up on a mixed sheep and cropping farm, she became passionate about rural Australia at an early age. Now her strongest desire is to educate kids a...


Barb Madden: Opportunity knows no colour

Barb Madden saw that culture and cattle could go hand in hand, which is what led her to devise an initiative called the Beef Industry Indigenous Alliance (BIIA)


From ‘Worm Woman’ to science educator. Milada Safarik on aquaculture and encouraging more girls into science

Milada Safarik's love for marine biology has now taken her to the other side of the country and led her to become a dedicated science teacher, with the hopes of encouraging more women to pursue a career in science.


Rozzie O’Reilly has what it takes to be a livestock leader

Rozzie O'Reilly has had her sights set on the livestock industry since she was just a young girl living on a sheep and cattle property in Southern NSW. Little did she know she would go on to be awarded an AgriFutures Horizon Scholarship and the pre...


20 New Scholars Join the Horizon Scholarship Program

20 scholars have been awarded the 2021 Horizon Scholarship, an initiative supported by six Research and Development Corporations (RDC's), along with Cooperative Research Centre for Developing Northern Australia and FMC Australasia to develop the ne...