FARM INSTITUTE INSIGHTS

Vol. 15 | No. 1 | February 2018


Opening the GATE: Moving R&D into the future

The Global Ag-Tech Ecosystem (GATE) is a collaborative research and technology site specifically designed to cultivate and develop agtech ideas. The GATE is a NSW Department of Primary Industries (DPI) initiative to fast-track the development of agtech to increase productivity. It provides a unique opportunity for agricultural technology developers to access DPI Research and Development (R&D) expertise or bring their own, and to collaborate with technology providers, business services and investors to create commercialised products for the NSW, Australian and global agricultural sector. (more)


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IN MY VIEW

With a change of political leadership in the sector at the end of last year, the Institute approached the Agriculture Minister, David Littleproud, and the Shadow Minister, Joel Fitzgibbon, to outline their views on some key topics facing the industry. (more)


IN THE PIPELINE

Agriculture is the fourth most energy-intensive industry in Australia, yet exclusive to environmental impact assessments, there has been minimal investigation into energy use, and even less on cost impacts related to projected energy price increases. (more)


DISCOVERIES

Since its inception, the Australian Farm Institute has convened the Australian Agriculture Roundtable conference to discuss topical agricultural policy issues. The 2017 Roundtable addressed decentralisation, the future agricultural workforce, energy and corporate investment in agriculture. (more)


FARM POLICY NEWS

Australian and international farm policy news, in this edition: New Minister for Agriculture; Basin Plan review backs upwater targets; genetic modification laws under review; and national crop estimate variations sow doubts. (more)


CROSSING THE DIVIDE

The debate over the safety of foods derived from non-conventional breeding methods is once again hitting the headlines, thanks to the proposed deregulation of a range of new breeding techniques. (more)


INSTITUTE ACTIVITIES

On social media, the Institute’s profile skyrocketed, going from 8200 Twitter ‘impressions’ in September to 75,300 impressions in January. The Institute welcomed several new staff to the team in 2017. Save the date: 13/14th June 2018, Digital Farmers: Bringing AgTech to Life, Sydney. (more)