Global benefits from farm innovation

Global benefits from farm innovation

The Queensland Government will invest more than $1.9 million in Advance Queensland funding for agricultural innovation over the next three years to help farmers and graziers achieve better yields and compete globally. Queenslands Minister for Innovation, Science and the Digital Economy Leeanne Enoch announced the successful first round recipients of Advance Queensland Research Fellowships and…

Poultry industry catching next wave of growth

Poultry industry catching next wave of growth

Australia’s poultry industry is poised to “catch the next wave of growth”, but needs to focus on alternative strategies to capture new opportunities, rather than relying on increasing per capita consumption, according to a report by agribusiness specialist Rabobank. In the report, Catching the next wave of growth, Rabobank says strong growth – in both…

Student invention shining example of sun safety

Student invention shining example of sun safety

Two out of three Australians will develop skin cancer before turning 70, with research showing the majority of sun damage occurs during childhood and adolescence. Student Alana Clover has decided to do something about it. The Bachelor of Engineering (Software) and Bachelor of Business Management (E-Business) student is designing and building a wrist-band that monitors…

Improving winegrape profitability through digital technologies

Improving winegrape profitability through digital technologies

Wine Australia welcomes the announcement by Deputy Prime Minister the Hon. Barnaby Joyce of a project to develop innovative processes for grape and cotton growers using advanced technology. The four-year project – a collaboration between Wine Australia, Cotton Research and Development Corporation and Horticulture Innovation Australia – will integrate systems capable of simultaneous measurement and…

Sweet cherries could alleviate obesity-related inflammation

Sweet cherries could alleviate obesity-related inflammation

Clinical trials to investigate the anti-inflammatory capacity of sweet cherries, in a bid to prevent and treat obesity-related inflammation, are due to start in 2016. Melanie Blackhall, from the University of Tasmania’s Faculty of Health, is collaborating with industry partners Reid Fruits and Essential Oils Tasmania to determine whether cherries offer anti-inflammatory health benefits. “Anecdotal…

Cane growers score century for Reef

Cane growers score century for Reef

Queensland’s sugarcane growers are ensuring their industry’s long term environmental sustainability and profitability by flocking to the industry’s best management practice program, Smartcane, and reaching an important milestone. 102 businesses have been independently accredited as farming at or above industry best practice standards in the three core modules – Drainage and Irrigation Management, Soil Health…