The AgriFutures Rice Program aims to improve the profitability and sustainability of the Australian rice industry with a key focus on water use efficiency and varieties that deliver increased yield and improved eating quality.

Key components of the program

A key component of this program is rice variety breeding to further reduce demand for irrigation water and adapt to a climate that is hotter, drier and more variable.

About the industry

The Australian rice industry is a world leader in production efficiency, water use efficiency and environmental management.

Australia’s climate makes it ideal for the production of high quality medium grain rice and Australian growers produce more rice per hectare than anywhere else in the world. Australian rice achieves premium prices in world markets thanks to our research outcomes.

From paddock to plate, Australian grown rice uses 50% less water than the global average. Water use per hectare continues to decline because of the industry’s commitment to developing high yielding rice varieties that use less water, and the use of world’s best management practices.

 

Industry Advisory Panel

AgriFutures Australia is committed to working with industry to deliver research and development outcomes. We work in partnership with advisory panels to decide on research priorities and to make investment decisions each year.

RD&E plan

The Rice Industry R&D Plan 2016/17-2021/22 builds on previous five-year investment programs. A significant share of the RD&E that underpins the rice industry success has been managed by AgriFutures Australia since 1991. The Australian rice industry is strongly supportive of the RD&E program and its management by AgriFutures Australia.

The plan identifies four key objectives for RD&E:

  • Cross-sectorial research required to achieve the Dry Rice 1.5 t/ML water use efficiency target by 2030.
  • Rice breeding – varieties and quality improvement
  • Farm productivity – crop inputs, crop protection and the farming system
  • Extension, sustainability and human capital.

Program news

Contact

Lucinda Staley
Manager, Research – Rice, Export Fodder, Ginger
02 69 236 914 |0448 401 717
Lucinda.Staley@agrifutures.com.au

Industry Association

About your levy

Australian primary industries that choose to invest in the levies system prescribe the amount of levy or charge applied to a commodity under the Primary Industries (Customs) Charges Act 1999Primary Industries (Excise) Levies Act 1999, National Residue Survey (Customs) Levy Act 1998 and the National Residue Survey (Excise) Levy Act 1998.

Levy and charge revenue can be directed to biosecurity preparedness and emergency plant pest and animal disease responses, residue testing, marketing and research and development. It is the decision of a primary industry to determine the proportion of how a levy or charge is directed to each of these activities. 

The Levy is collected and distributed via the Department of Agriculture. For more information, visit the Department of Agriculture Water and the Environment website. AgriFutures Australia receives the research and development (R&D) levy allocation to invest in line with the industry objectives of the respective program’s Strategic Plan.

AgriFutures Australia also receives Commonwealth matching funding based on 0.5% of the aggregate GVP of all AgriFutures Australia’s levied industries (Arena 3) or half of AgriFutures Australia’s eligible expenditure – whichever is the lesser. This includes expenditure in non-levied industries Arenas 1, 2 and 4 irrespective of their funding source.

AgriFutures Australia’s Board allocates the Commonwealth matching funding to each levied industry program. The respective programs will receive 50c per dollar of eligible expenditure (subject to availability of Commonwealth matching funding).

The total program budget comprises of the R&D levy allocation, Commonwealth matching funding (allocated by the AgriFutures Australia Board) and third party contributions (where appropriate).

View the AgriFutures Rice Program income and expenditure for 2019-20 statement.

Related Publications

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Impact assessment of investment in the AgriFutures Rice Program – Appendix 1

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Impact assessment of investment in the AgriFutures Rice Program – Appendix 2

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Impact assessment of investment in the AgriFutures Rice Program – Appendix 4

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Impact assessment of investment in the AgriFutures Rice Program – Appendix 3

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AgriFutures Rice Program Industry Update Vol.2 No.1

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AgriFutures Rice Program Industry Update Vol.1 No.5

Project updates from our AgriFutures Rice Program.

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AgriFutures™ Rice Program Industry Update Vol.1 No.4

Project updates from our AgriFutures Rice Program.

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AgriFutures Rice Program Industry Update April 2019

Project updates from our AgriFutures™ Rice Program.

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AgriFutures Rice Program Industry Update January 2019

Project updates from our AgriFutures™ Rice Program.

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AgriFutures Rice Program Industry Update November 2018

Project updates from our AgriFutures™ Rice Program.

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Rice Program Five Year RD&E Plan 2016/17 to 2021/22

This Five Year Plan has been developed by AgriFutures Australia and industry stakeholders to outline the AgriFutures Rice Program research, development and extension (RD&E) goals and objectives until 2021/22.

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Rice Extension

Rice Extension is funded by rice growers and the Australian Government through AgriFutures Australia. Rice Extension supports the adoption of innovation and research and development outcomes in the Australian rice industry.

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Rice Extension videos

The Rice Extension team connects rice growers with key R&D information for rice-based farming systems. They offer a wealth of resources to improve the adoption of new research findings and lead to improved grower productivity, profitability and sustainability.

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2018 Rice R&D Update

This publication highlights the current rice research and development projects funded by rice growers and the Australian Government through AgriFutures Australia.

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Grower case studies

To support research and development in the rice industry, Rice Extension have developed a series of grower case studies focused on grower innovation, agronomic advice, natural resource management information, farm business systems and growing guidelines.

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Latest News and Events

13.07.21

Collaboration opens doors to “big picture” research

Adding value to the thousands of levy payers across our industries is a key driver for research, development and extension (RD&E) at AgriFutures Australia. Now more than ever, collaboration will drive the way we deliver research outcomes for farmers and producers, who often face similar issues across related industries and in their own-mixed farming enterprises. By John Smith, AgriFutures Australia, General Manager Research

13.05.21

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 the University of Queensland to complete his PhD under the supervision of Dr Jaquie Mitchell focusing on aerobic rice production systems (AP).