Agriculture

  • agricultural waste

    AGRICULTURE NEWS

    A smarter way of dealing with agricultural waste

    A new method from researchers at RMIT University can produce high-value products from plastic – carbon nanotubes and clean liquid fuel – while simultaneously upcycling agricultural waste. The team’s tw... more

  • Circular economy program turns feral olives into vineyard biochar

    AGRICULTURE NEWS

    Circular economy program turns feral olives into vineyard biochar

    A group of wine industry environmentalists are turning feral olive trees removed from Fleurieu Peninsula national parks into a biochar product to boost the health of McLaren Vale vineyards. The carbon recycl... more

  • Australian innovator serves up lower emission steak

    AGRICULTURE NEWS

    Australian innovator serves up lower emission steak

    Australian innovator FutureFeed is serving a world first this National Science Week, dishing up sustainable seaweed-fed steak with celebrity chef Matt Moran. The powerhouse seaweed behind the lower emission ... more

  • How farms can reduce energy costs through smart energy management

    AGRICULTURE NEWS

    How farms can reduce energy costs through smart energy management

    The National Farmers’ Federation (NFF), the peak body representing farmers across Australia, has partnered with the Energy Efficiency Council (EEC), the peak body for experts in smart energy management, to la... more

  • A smarter way of dealing with agricultural waste
  • Circular economy program turns feral olives into vineyard biochar
  • Australian innovator serves up lower emission steak
  • How farms can reduce energy costs through smart energy management
Study on infrared light paves way to improved crop protection

Study on infrared light paves way to improved crop protection

Australian researchers have discovered a way to assess plant disease development using infrared light, opening up new research avenues on the path to improving disease resistance in crops. A research team from Curtin’s School of Molecular and Life Sciences, Curtin’s Centre for Crop and Disease Management (CCDM) and the Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation (ANSTO) have developed a new imaging approach that enables scientists to visualise the wax layer on the surface of plant leaves and monitor changes associated with the development of fungal disease. Lead researcher and ARC-Future Fel... more
The waste product which could help mitigate climate change

The waste product which could help mitigate climate change

A product made from urban, agriculture and forestry waste has the added benefit of reducing the carbon footprint of modern farming, an international review involving UNSW Sydney has found. Visiting Professor in the School of Materials Science and Engineering at UNSW Science, Stephen Joseph, said the study published in the journal GCB Bioenergy provides strong evidence that biochar can contribute to climate change mitigation. “Biochar can draw down carbon from the atmosphere into the soil and store it for hundreds to thousands of years,” the lead author shared. “This study also found that biochar ... more
Study evaluates biodiversity impacts of alternative energy strategies

Study evaluates biodiversity impacts of alternative energy strategies

Climate change mitigation efforts have led to shifts from fossil-fuel dependence to large-scale renewable energy. However, renewable energy sources require significant land and could come at a cost to ecosystems. A new study led by Ryan McManamay, Ph.D., assistant professor of environmental science at Baylor University, evaluates potential conflicts between alternative energy strategies and biodiversity conservation. The study, published in the journal Biological Conservation, evaluates potential trade-offs between climate benefits and energy costs, especially any negative impacts on biodiversity. While ... more
Greening Australia and WWF-Australia announce new partnership

Greening Australia and WWF-Australia announce new partnership

Leading environmental organisations, Greening Australia and World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) – Australia, have announced a strategic partnership. The primary goal is to mainstream innovative, nature-based and scalable solutions that will build nature’s resilience in a changing climate [1]. The partnership will experimentally test, validate and scale practical climate-ready restoration approaches nationally, designed by eminent scientists across Australia. In an example of just one of the series of innovative projects within the partnership, Greening Australia and WWF-Australia will employ eco-evolution... more
Funding for Australian producers trialling low emissions feed technologies

Funding for Australian producers trialling low emissions feed technologies

The Australian Government will support trials of new livestock feed technologies that may increase productivity and reduce emissions from cattle and sheep. The Methane Emissions Reduction in Livestock (MERiL) grants program will provide grants of between $500,000 and $1.5 million to engage producers to assess the productivity and emissions benefits these technologies may deliver in the real world. Minister for Energy and Emissions Reduction, Angus Taylor, said the Government wants to see the agriculture industry achieve its goal of growing to $100 billion by 2030. “Our approach to emissions reduction ... more
Victorian farmers

Support for the next generation of Victorian farmers

The Victorian Budget 2020-21 allocated $50 million for the Agricultural College Modernisation Program – to help create more Victorian farmers. Today Minister for Agriculture, Mary-Anne Thomas, visited Marcus Oldham College in Waurn Ponds – the first of three agricultural colleges to benefit from the funding boost. Marcus Oldham College, Longerenong College in the Wimmera and the University of Melbourne’s Dookie campus in the Goulburn Valley will share $20 million of program funding over the next four years to improve accommodation and teaching facilities. Marcus Oldham College will receive $2.5 m... more
climate-smart agriculture

Calls for Government to bring forward funding for climate smart agriculture

The Australian Government must spend far more on emissions reduction and climate smart agriculture, or risk being left behind, Farmers for Climate Action said today. Farmers for Climate Action Interim CEO, Fiona Davis, said: “The [2021-22 Federal] Budget included funding for a number of worthy initiatives, including a national soils strategy and an expansion of the biodiversity stewardship program.” “This is a start but we need much more if the Federal Government wants to prove that it's serious about tackling climate change in the lead up to UN climate talks in Glasgow in November,” Dr Davis said.... more