Long-term view key to $100 billion agriculture target

March 5, 2020 | 3 min read
Reaching the target of $100 billion in agricultural output will require industry to take a long term view, and continue to take hard choices that lift farm productivity and keep Australian exports competitive against rivals, ABARES executive director Dr Steve Hatfield-Dodds told the 2020 ABARES Outlook Conference in Canberra recently.

Independent science based regulation needs defending from activist attacks and community ignorance

Feb. 19, 2020 | 3 min read
In an address to the inaugural international conference on the regulation of agvet chemicals and technologies at the University of New England, Chief Executive Officer of the peak industry organisation for the plant science sector, Matthew Cossey, declared that Independent science-based regulation needs defending from activist attacks and community ignorance.

Granular legume inoculant revolutionises sowing

Feb. 17, 2020 | 2 min read
Alosca Technologies’ bentonite clay-based granular inoculant, developed for Australian conditions, has revolutionised the way pasture and cropping legumes are sown.

Fall armyworm found in Torres Strait, prompting biosecurity alert amid fears for Australian crops

Feb. 14, 2020 | 2 min read
A moth that has decimated crops across the world has been detected in Australia for the first time.

FMC Corporation Commits AU$150,000 to Support Australian Bushfire Relief Efforts

Feb. 14, 2020 | 2 min read
FMC Corporation has announced a commitment of AU$150,000 to support local farmers, communities, and businesses that have been devastated by recent Australian bushfires.

First release of genetically engineered moth could herald new era of crop protection

Feb. 13, 2020 | 2 min read
A newly published study reports a successful, first-ever open-field release of a self-limiting, genetically engineered diamondback moth, stating that it paves the way for an effective and sustainable approach to pest control.

How will the coronavirus affect agriculture in Australia?

Feb. 12, 2020 | 5 min read
The coronavirus outbreak is already having a severe impact on China’s foodservice and on-trade channels and this could become “more serious and longer-lasting” if the virus is not contained in the next six to eight weeks, leading agribusiness banking specialist Rabobank has warned.

Emerging market for alternative proteins an opportunity for Australian agriculture

Feb. 10, 2020 | 2 min read
Research into the changing landscape of protein production in Australia estimates that there will be an additional opportunity of $19.9 billion for the sector by 2030, of which $3.1 billion is attributed to alternative protein categories.

Crop assessment trials prove drone accuracy

Feb. 4, 2020 | 3 min read
Drones have proven be just as accurate at taking plant measurements as more hands-on traditional methods, paving the way for a range of agricultural applications. A two-year University of Adelaide project funded by the South Australian Grain Industry Trust used drone imagery to measure biomass, growth rate and greenness at trial sites in the wheat belt of South Australia.

20 Mega Trends for 2020 and Beyond

Feb. 3, 2020 | 6 min read
Following a decade with the introduction of societal shifters such as the smartphone and the adoption of robotic milkers, 2020 could be the starting block for the fastest technological race in farming history. The combination of big data with cutting-edge science, artificial intelligence and cloud-connected technology has the potential to revolutionise our industry. We asked three farm futurists to share 20 of their predictions for the next decade.

New tool for sugarcane farmers

Feb. 2, 2020 | 3 min read
Sugarcane farmers in far north Queensland have a new app by Australia’s national science agency, CSIRO, that will help them manage fertiliser use and reduce nitrogen runoff onto the Great Barrier Reef.

Scientists seek landholder help to combat toxic fireweed

Jan. 30, 2020 | 2 min read
Fireweed is one of eastern Australia’s worst invasive species, and scientists are asking landholders for on-the-ground information about where it is growing and how they deal with it.

Powdery scab fix for potatoes getting closer through Australian research

Jan. 14, 2020 | 2 min read
Research undertaken by the Tasmanian Institute of Agriculture (TIA) is trying to develop new ways to control the pathogen for powdery scab, a potato disease. It wants to get a better understanding of why it survives in the soil, how it wakes up and how it affects the potato.


Jan. 10, 2020 | 2 min read
Australia is currently facing the worst bushfires in its history, with officials noting the crisis is unlike anything the country has ever seen and could have long-lasting impacts. The impact to livestock, pets and wildlife has been devastating. According to the Wall Street Journal, thousands of livestock have already been killed – additional hits on a farm sector that was already suffering from a three-year drought – and millions more animals have been impacted. As always in the face of disaster, Zoetis colleagues are stepping up to support customers and communities by providing emergency veterinary services and consultations, organising product donations, and supporting the mental health of those affected through our relationship with Beyond Blue.

APVMA Stakeholder Engagement Framework

Jan. 7, 2020 | 1 min read
The APVMA invites our clients and stakeholders to provide feedback on our draft Stakeholder Engagement Framework. The Framework, and accompanying Stakeholder Engagement Activities document, outlines the APVMA’s stakeholder engagement strategy for the 2020–23 period.