Australian Agriculture
205 views | +0 today
Australian Agriculture
Australian agriculture for senior school students
Your new post is loading...
Your new post is loading...
Scooped by Angela Brady, Teacher Librarian
Scoop.it!

Farm to palate, Bellata to Beijing, beef's digital future

Farm to palate, Bellata to Beijing, beef's digital future | Australian Agriculture | Scoop.it

A radical new digital project for Chinese beef consumers to "own" cattle on an Australian farm and watch it grow up in the paddock, was launched in Sydney. It sounds pie-in-the-sky stuff. A Chinese consumer buys a cow in an Australian paddock and uses technology to trace it all the way to their plate. But a group says it has the technology to turn a technical dream into a reality, with Australian farmers to benefit, as a new digital way of “farm to palate” production.

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Angela Brady, Teacher Librarian
Scoop.it!

Virtual fencing gains commercial backing

Virtual fencing gains commercial backing | Australian Agriculture | Scoop.it

VIRTUAL fencing for cattle is set to be commercially available later this year, following Melbourne-based agri-tech company Agersens’ success in raising $2 million. Agersens’ eShepherd product enables farmers to ‘fence’, move, muster and monitor their livestock remotely via smart phone, and builds on patented technology originally developed by the CSIRO. With eShepherd, farmers create a virtual fence on an app that communicates with a collar worn by each animal. Animals are trained to respond to prompts provided by the collar, which can also collect data to help farmers improve animal health and make better farm management decisions.

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Angela Brady, Teacher Librarian
Scoop.it!

Groundbreaking, farm-loving robots could change the future of agriculture

Groundbreaking, farm-loving robots could change the future of agriculture | Australian Agriculture | Scoop.it

The University of Sydney's Australian Centre for Field Robotics are pioneers when it comes to robotic farming. Having developed a series of driverless tractors, they give us a sneak peek of how future farms and orchards will operate in the era of mass automation. These robots can line themselves up and drive over crops, get data that they send to the farmer's computer and even perform tasks like spraying, weeding, trimming branches, and harvesting fruits.

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Angela Brady, Teacher Librarian
Scoop.it!

Researchers grow crop using only automation

Researchers grow crop using only automation | Australian Agriculture | Scoop.it

A farm in the United Kingdom is the first in the world to successfully plant, tend and harvest a crop without a single person ever setting foot in the field, according to researchers and developers involved in the project.

http://www.handsfreehectare.com/


more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Angela Brady, Teacher Librarian
Scoop.it!

Australian dairy industry undergoing a supply chain revolution, says Rabobank

Australian dairy industry undergoing a supply chain revolution, says Rabobank | Australian Agriculture | Scoop.it

Unprecedented changes are hitting the dairy industry in southern Australia, with a "supply chain revolution" underway that had snapped the traditional loyalty farmers had to processors. Rabobank senior dairy analyst Michael Harvey said in a report released on Monday that the dairy industry had faced constant change since it was deregulated almost 20 years ago but recent developments had caused significant supply chain tension and sparked "transformative change".

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Angela Brady, Teacher Librarian
Scoop.it!

Cutlets in Tokyo on the rise

Cutlets in Tokyo on the rise | Australian Agriculture | Scoop.it
The Japanese have long been wild about their beef but a subtle marketing strategy is helping grow their appetite for prime Aussie lamb.
more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Angela Brady, Teacher Librarian
Scoop.it!

Farms’ digital toolbox arrives

Farms’ digital toolbox arrives | Australian Agriculture | Scoop.it

'Big brother' digital kit arrives for easier farm management. Groundbreaking collaboration by the Primary Industries Department, global technology giant Cisco and Molong farmer Ben Watts has delivered a farming communications platform without reliance on Australia’s telecos. Cameras monitoring paddocks, sensors delivering hourly packets of information from remote locations and mobile weighing stations are just some of the applications already operating on Waidup Homestead, Molong. The Orange Agricultural Institute, a DPI research headquarters, is also running the platform, but the gear was made farm tough on Mr Watts property.

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Angela Brady, Teacher Librarian
Scoop.it!

Genetically modified sugarcane developed by CTC in Brazil is approved at CTNBio - Unica

Genetically modified sugarcane developed by CTC in Brazil is approved at CTNBio - Unica | Australian Agriculture | Scoop.it
This is the first genetically-modified sugarcane approved for marketing in the world.
more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Angela Brady, Teacher Librarian
Scoop.it!

Farming in 2030: Researchers cast the net for the next generation of farmers

Farming in 2030: Researchers cast the net for the next generation of farmers | Australian Agriculture | Scoop.it

A Queensland plant researcher has crafted a vision for the future of agriculture, which he hopes will help lure a new generation of farmers. Dr Lee Hickey's version of 2030 features robots, drones and intelligent machines as common place on farms, helping to reduce labour costs and chemical use. Farming in 2030: Meet the next generation of farmers and sign up for the ride. 

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Angela Brady, Teacher Librarian
Scoop.it!

GM numbers cause controversy

GM numbers cause controversy | Australian Agriculture | Scoop.it

THE ANNUAL war of words surrounding the International Service for the Acquisition of Agri-Biotech Applications (ISAAA) report on the amount of hectares sown to genetically modified crops has erupted once again. ISAAA has reported that global plantings of biotech have risen three per cent to 185.1 million hectares, primarily on the back of significant increases in hectares sown in Brazil and the US.  “The report confirms the importance of Australian farmers being able to choose innovative, safe and approved technologies to remain globally competitive, meet the requirements of increased food demand and farm sustainably in a changing and challenging climate,” said Matthew Cossey, chief executive of of CropLife Australia.

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Angela Brady, Teacher Librarian
Scoop.it!

New virtual fencing system to be launched this year

New virtual fencing system to be launched this year | Australian Agriculture | Scoop.it

New technology described as a “fitbit for a cow combined with a virtual fence” will hit the market later this year, taking grazing to a whole new level. Ian Reilly, chief executive officer of Agersens, said the Livestock Virtual Shepherd involved the grazier using their phone or table to create a fence from a grazing program, and moving the fence or stock from that device. “The farmer uses their tablet to create a fence or move stock and instructions are sent to a collar on each animal, through a base station on the farm,” Mr Reilly said. “The base station wirelessly connects to each collar and sends instructions and the collar is autonomous and watches over each animal. “We are calling it a virtual shepherd because fencing is only a small part of that.

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Angela Brady, Teacher Librarian
Scoop.it!

Taking pulse of ag tech take-up

Taking pulse of ag tech take-up | Australian Agriculture | Scoop.it

AUSTRALIAN agriculture is due for a digital health check. In a first for the sector, government and research bodies will conduct a nationwide survey of primary producers and support industries, to assess the technology as well as red tape and connectivity challenges which will need to be overcome for Australia to capitalise on opportunities in digital technologies. 


Dubbed P2D – accelerating precision agriculture to decision agriculture, the project is supported by, among others, the 15 Rural Development Corporations (RDCs), the federal Department of Agriculture and Water and Australian Farm Institute.

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Angela Brady, Teacher Librarian
Scoop.it!

Free range eggs meet a need

“Free range production uses more labour, production is not as great and birds use more energy and consume more feed,” Mr Matuszny said. So free range production comes at a cost. But consumers are now, more than ever, willing to pay more for humanely-delivered eggs and Manning Valley Free Range Eggs rose to that challenge. “We try to be as honest as we can with our customers,” says Mr Matuszny, a finalist in NSW Farmer of the Year competition,

more...
No comment yet.
Rescooped by Angela Brady, Teacher Librarian from Ag Biotech News
Scoop.it!

Do consumers care how a genetically engineered food was created or who created it? 

Do consumers care how a genetically engineered food was created or who created it?  | Australian Agriculture | Scoop.it

This paper explores heterogeneity in consumer preferences for foods and policies that relate to different innovative plant breeding technologies. As a starting point in our analysis, we report results from almost four years of monthly surveys with U.S. consumers, which show slight food safety concern for genetically engineered food with no discernable trend of increased or decreased concern over time. 


We find small differences in consumer preferences for policies related to different plant breeding methods, with the strongest support for the notion that bioengineered crops should be regulated based on health and environmental outcomes rather than the process used to create new crops. 


Other survey results reveal support or opposition for genetically engineered food depends on consumers’ perceptions of who created the technology. We also find that food safety concerns related to genetically engineered food are related to perceptions about the distribution of benefits from the technology across the food supply chain. 


https://doi.org/10.1016/j.foodpol.2018.02.007



Via Alexander J. Stein
more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Angela Brady, Teacher Librarian
Scoop.it!

Could improving renewable energy tech ease the power bill for dairy farmers?

Could improving renewable energy tech ease the power bill for dairy farmers? | Australian Agriculture | Scoop.it
Hunter Valley dairy farmers expect power bills of up to $200,000 after weeks of intense irrigation due to dry conditions, prompting some to race towards renewable energy.
more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Angela Brady, Teacher Librarian
Scoop.it!

State of the Industry 2017 - Red Meat Advisory Council

State of the Industry 2017 - Red Meat Advisory Council | Australian Agriculture | Scoop.it
RMAC, in partnership with our members, and with support from Meat & Livestock Australia, released the first ever State of the Industry: The Australian Red Meat & Livestock Industry in October 2017. The State of the Industry 2017 for the first time highlights our industry’s strong economic credentials and cultural value to Australian consumers.
more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Angela Brady, Teacher Librarian
Scoop.it!

Technology to put brighter, redder meat on shelves

Technology to put brighter, redder meat on shelves | Australian Agriculture | Scoop.it

CUTTING-EDGE technology to improve the muscle microstructure and lighten the colour of high-value primal meat cuts is on its way, with the benefits to beef processing likely to run into hundreds of millions of dollars annually.

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Angela Brady, Teacher Librarian
Scoop.it!

Dawning of a new era? New division oversees water use in NSW

Dawning of a new era? New division oversees water use in NSW | Australian Agriculture | Scoop.it

The NSW Government has acted on the Barwon-Darling river system water theft inquiry moving water responsibility from the Department of Primary Industries to a new Crown Lands and Water Division in the Department of Industry. Water compliance though will remain under the portfolio of deputy NSW Nationals leader Niall Blair, despite calls for the Nationals to lose control of the water portfolio because of systemic problems. It is unclear yet if a new Natural Resources Compliance Unit will be run by this new division or not.

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Angela Brady, Teacher Librarian
Scoop.it!

PM wants national review of Murray Darling water theft

PM wants national review of Murray Darling water theft | Australian Agriculture | Scoop.it

The Turnbull government has announced plans for a national independent review of the Murray Darling Basin Plan in a bid to restore confidence in the system in the wake of water theft allegations. Water Minister Barnaby Joyce will write to his state counterparts this week seeking their agreement for the Murray Darling Basin Authority to carry out a basin-wide compliance probe of the state-based regulations that govern water use.

more...
Agribusiness's curator insight, September 10, 2017 11:08 PM
This would be more independent if the reviewers were not from within the basin itself... #Agribusiness, we grow you
 
Scooped by Angela Brady, Teacher Librarian
Scoop.it!

Top ten issues affecting Australian agriculture

Top ten issues affecting Australian agriculture | Australian Agriculture | Scoop.it
Of the 10 major issues identified by Robert Poole as affecting agricultural production across Australia, the two with the most impact are market volatility and climate volatility.
more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Angela Brady, Teacher Librarian
Scoop.it!

Wine industry raises a glass to rosy future

Wine industry raises a glass to rosy future | Australian Agriculture | Scoop.it
There is renewed positivity and optimism in Australia's wine industry with export markets strengthening and prices rising.
more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Angela Brady, Teacher Librarian
Scoop.it!

Agbots, next gen farming and how they can teach us about the future of work

Agbots, next gen farming and how they can teach us about the future of work | Australian Agriculture | Scoop.it

Technological unemployment is old news for farming. For hundreds, if not thousands, of years, people have left the land under the pressure of technological advance. Given the increased discussion about the future of work, the agricultural sector could offer some insight into what happens when machines take jobs.Agriculture’s automation has been positive for the price of goods but a successful transition can’t be left to the market.

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Angela Brady, Teacher Librarian
Scoop.it!

Secret algorithms play into farmers hands

Secret algorithms play into farmers hands | Australian Agriculture | Scoop.it

Newcastle start-up Rapid Phenotyping is putting the finishing touches on their first product – a hand-held device which can instantaneously analyse the chemical composition of plants and foods. Samples can be tested for a range of variables including protein, fibre, starch, fructose, vitamin and mineral content plus contaminants. “We’re selling a chemistry lab in the palm of your hands. Instead of sending your samples away for testing and receiving the results days or weeks later, our products will return the information instantly,” said Rapid Phenotype’s co-founder Antony Martin.

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Angela Brady, Teacher Librarian
Scoop.it!

No ‘silver bullet’ for future sustainability

No ‘silver bullet’ for future sustainability | Australian Agriculture | Scoop.it

North Coast croppers have long sought a cost-effective way to improve organic carbon content in their soil and boost yield, but a group meeting at Clovass via Casino on Tuesday were told the only ‘silver bullet’ was time. Retired soil scientist Dr Bob Aitken, Yamba, advised the Coastal Grower Solutions Workshop ‘how to manage heavy clay soils’ that adding organic matter improved crop yield and promoted resilience through biology, but growing carbon content was a long and slow process.

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Angela Brady, Teacher Librarian
Scoop.it!

Water app keeps track of soil’s moisture content

Water app keeps track of soil’s moisture content | Australian Agriculture | Scoop.it

SoilWaterApp (SWApp) provides farmers with a ready estimate of plant available water (PAW) during fallows, crops and pastures for dryland and irrigated paddocks. Such a tool is an enormous plus, as knowing the current amount of soil water, either in a crop, pasture or fallow, is critical for many farm decisions. Improved soil water estimates within fallow, crop or pasture phases can also help assess likely future growth and grain yield, should little follow-up rain occur. New water apps can help manage your cropping, stocking and irrigation strategies using data from Bureau of Meteorology stations across the country.

more...
No comment yet.