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Australian wine partnership in $6.6m technology funding pledge

Australian wine partnership in $6.6m technology funding pledge | Rural Research and Development | Scoop.it
Wine Australia and Australia’s National Wine and Grape Industry Centre to develop new technologies for the country's wine producers with a new partnership.
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New R&D for profit program presents enormous opportunity for sugar cane growers and millers

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This program will deliver broad benefits across many of Australia's rural industries. The first announcement is only the first round. A second application process is due in coming months.

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Australian wine exports continue to rise in volume and value

Australian wine exports continue to rise in volume and value | Rural Research and Development | Scoop.it
The Australian Grape and Wine Authority (AGWA) supports a competitive wine
sector by investing in research, development and extension (RD&E), growing
domestic and international markets and protecting the reputation of
Australian wine.
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Positive results for the wine industry through sustained efforts.

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Innovation: Adoption And Diffusion In The Age Of Social Media

Innovation: Adoption And Diffusion In The Age Of Social Media | Rural Research and Development | Scoop.it
In today’s edition of Back to Marketing Basics I’d like to talk about innovation, more specifically about adoption and diffusion. Adoption and diffusion are arguably more important than new produ…
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This is a marketer's view of innovation adoption and diffusion, but the same issues apply in rural R&D. The question is really about how do you facilitate an end-user to apply the results of research efforts, what form does it need to be packaged, and what do you need to have associated with it to move from the early adopters and to the majority. And then how do you do this quickly, and repeatedly.

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Innovation and Modernising the Rural Economy | OECD READ edition

Innovation and Modernising the Rural Economy | OECD READ edition | Rural Research and Development | Scoop.it
This book show how innovation can take place in rural areas and how the modern rural economy differs from the traditional rural economy and metropolit (Innovación y modernización de la Economía rural (Fte: OECD)
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Farm to Tablet: New Apps Show Technology's Potential in Rural America - Government Technology

Farm to Tablet: New Apps Show Technology's Potential in Rural America - Government Technology | Rural Research and Development | Scoop.it
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Farm to Tablet: New Apps Show Technology's Potential in Rural America
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The leader of a local tech start-up doesn't hail from MIT or Silicon Valley, but a farm in Carroll County, Ind.
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Really interested to finds out if how Australian farmers are exploring the use of apps. Smart phones and tablets are driving changes in the way we farm. Coverage for mobile phone and wireless internet still an issue for many.

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Survey shows Kiwi’s support for aquaculture | Aquaculture Directory

Survey shows Kiwi’s support for aquaculture | Aquaculture Directory | Rural Research and Development | Scoop.it
The Ministry for Primary Industries has today released the results of a survey asking New Zealanders what they think about our aquaculture industry. MPI Acting Director of Aquaculture Growth and Innovation, Alice Marfell-Jones, says the findings are positive.

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Rural Women's Award for 2015 kicks off, entries sought from across the state - Agriculture - General - News - The Land

Rural Women's Award for 2015 kicks off, entries sought from across the state - Agriculture - General - News - The Land | Rural Research and Development | Scoop.it
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This is a terrific program run by the Rural Industries RDC

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Ramsays win MLA Challenge thanks to business transformation - Agriculture - Sheep - General News - The Land

Ramsays win MLA Challenge thanks to business transformation - Agriculture - Sheep - General News - The Land | Rural Research and Development | Scoop.it
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Solar option cuts costs - Magazine - Equipment and Technology - General - The Australian Dairyfarmer

Solar option cuts costs - Magazine - Equipment and Technology - General - The Australian Dairyfarmer | Rural Research and Development | Scoop.it
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New research in fight against powdery mildew - ABC Online

New research in fight against powdery mildew - ABC Online | Rural Research and Development | Scoop.it
New research in fight against powdery mildew ABC Online Dr Alan Little, from the Centre of Excellence in Plant Cell Walls at the University of Adelaide, says the research has opened the way for the development of new lines of barley with resistance...
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Ag resources trialled in schools - Stock & Land

Ag resources trialled in schools - Stock & Land | Rural Research and Development | Scoop.it
Ag resources trialled in schools Stock & Land After the Federal Government injected $2 million of funding towards the cause earlier this month, Primary Industries Education Foundation (PEIF) and Agrifood Skills Australia have begun to develop a...
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Ensuring dairy cow welfare with increasing scale

Ensuring dairy cow welfare with increasing scale | Rural Research and Development | Scoop.it
A national survey has gone out to dairy farms this week to find out what the real animal welfare issues are.
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Long-term rural research partnerships still delivering value

Long-term rural research partnerships still delivering value CSIRO Chief Executive, Dr Larry Marshall recently spoke to the Council of Rural Research and Development Corporations (RDCs) in Canberra. The following is an amended version of his speech. One of our biggest challenges – and the nation’s biggest opportunity – is tackling the reluctance of Australian businesses to take risks and invest in science and innovation. As a nation, we’d prefer to adopt proven new technology from overseas. The exception to that rule is agriculture. Innovation means something real in agriculture. It means feeding the world in the face of climate change, water shortages, pests, natural disasters, and more. Agriculture is our oldest, largest and most developed area of research, which is appropriate given its critical importance to Australia’s future. And for decades our Rural RDCs have supported Australian science and research, making life better for our farmers, agribusinesses, and by extension, our whole nation. RDCs are critical to turning our brilliant science into real world innovation. That’s why our RDC partnership is so important to us, has endured so many decades, and will be pivotal to ensuring Australia’s prosperity into the future. Here are just some examples of what we have achieved through this partnership. Omega-3 canola In February, regulatory approval was given for the world’s first plant-based long chain omega-3 with a revolutionary new type of canola; that’s omega-3 canola. We’re so thrilled to have been part of this journey so far, with the Grains RDC backing us all the way, and our commercial partner, Nuseed taking products from this innovation to market. We look forward to seeing what’s behind the many international doors this regulatory approval opens. One of the most rewarding aspects of our long-standing partnership with the Rural RDCs is that breakthroughs in one sector, inevitably have flow-on benefits to many others as we lift profitability, environmental outcomes, and overall sustainability. So we’re also looking forward to seeing the flow on impacts of this innovative new source of long chain omega-3. In particular, this is great news for fisheries, not just bringing down the costs of feed in aquaculture, but helping to relieve pressure on wild fish stocks, our current source of omega-3. Kebari® For the last two years running we’ve awarded our Chairman’s Medal to projects supported by GRDC in recognition of the deep and meaningful impact our work can have. In 2016 it was the ultra-low gluten barley, Kebari®, which scooped the Chairman’s Medal. This innovation allowed us to sell beer to the Germans. And last year in Canberra, a local brewery trialed an Australian beer using Kebari®, so we’re hopeful that it won’t be long before with coeliac disease and other gluten avoiders in Australia will be able to enjoy a beer. Cereal rust resistance In 2017 the Chairman’s Medal went to our cereal rust team, in partnership with GRDC. To date, our researchers have provided wheat breeders with genetic markers for more than 20 rust resistance genes, helping the industry keep one step ahead of this costly disease. And it hasn’t just saved money in lost crops, the work has increased grain yield and reduced fungicide use. Cotton We have had a long and fruitful relationship with the cotton industry, and as with any long-term relationship, there has been a lot of hard work and a lot of rewards. Right now we’re working on closing the gap between how much water the cotton industry uses on average, and how much water is used by the most efficient farmers. Using plant-based sensing technologies, we’re letting the cotton order its own drinks. The sensors monitor canopy temperatures to identify crop stress, giving added confidence to farmers about their irrigation decisions. Together with the Cotton RDC, we’re working with an existing commercial irrigation technology provider to deliver the maximum impact, and we’re estimating cotton producers could expect a 5-10 per cent benefit in water use efficiency. This project has the powerful combination of our research, RDC customer-centricity and a commercial provider; all combining to bring an existing distribution network to the table to roll-out our innovation. Wine grapes Another great Rural RDC partnership we have is with Wine Australia, and together we’re tackling grape mildew. So far, together we’ve found resistance genes to tackle both powdery mildew and downy mildew, the two scourges of the wine industry, which cost the Australian industry about $140m each year. We’ve developed new premium varieties that are resistant to both of these pathogens, and thus no longer need fungicide but there’s still a world of grapes to study to continue this research. FutureFeed Under the MLA’s National Livestock Methane Program, our scientists identified a specific species of seaweed that produces a methane-inhibiting compound. When added to livestock feed as a product we’re calling FutureFeed, we’ve been able to reduce their production of methane by 80 per cent. When livestock don’t produce methane, they’re cheaper to feed; and we deliver significant environmental benefits by reducing our contribution to greenhouse gases. Taking our innovations to market To accelerate innovation rates in Australia we need to accelerate international engagement, especially in regions where there is a significant opportunity to return value to Australia. In July last year, we released our Food and Agribusiness Roadmap, identifying that less predictable growing conditions, more connected global value chains and customers who demand healthier, more convenient and traceable foods are the major trends influencing food and agribusiness in Australia. We already provide Australians with a delicatessen of high quality, value-added foods and access to some of the world’s highest quality crops, but we must compete on the world stage to protect – and indeed grow – our market share. Australia’s capacity to bring world-leading technologies to the market is unquestionable, but we need to realise that potential at scale. We are looking to establish ourselves in key regions of the world that will provide a gateway to markets with big economic potential, and we kick-started this in 2017 when we opened our US office. Our global push isn’t about selling our IP to international competitors, it’s about opening marketplaces to our own industries to broaden their market share and return benefits to the Australian economy and our research. We also have to work with the reality that Australia’s market does not always keep pace with our innovation. For example, in the US we’re commercialising the wheat we developed with GRDC to have high levels of resistant starch. Since publicising these early steps, we’re now in discussions with Australian companies and investors about bringing a product to market in Australia. As well as pushing our science out globally, we’re pushing it deeper with the opportunities of the digital revolution. We’re excited by the recently completed cross-RDC project Precision to Decision, which maps out the opportunity for digital agriculture in Australia, and we’re looking forward to co-investing with you in the new opportunities identified in the report. One of the ways we’re bringing our digital and agriculture research together is under the banner of Digiscape, our $10m investment into the future science that will transform the industry. We’re building a common big data infrastructure that will support next generation decision making and transform agricultural industries and environmental action. This won’t be any old database, we’ll be drawing on locally and remotely sensed data; next generation climate forecasts; improved digital soil mapping; and more detailed, relevant data for customers making critical decisions. Some of the projects in train include: real-time downstream data to help protect the Great Barrier Reef by enabling upstream sugarcane growers make better nitrogen fertiliser decisions digital services to enable farmers to participate profitably in greenhouse gas mitigation and maximise the benefits to the land from carbon markets a project to help farmers tailor paddock-by-paddock management through on-farm experimentation and analytics. A number of our Digiscape products and services are well on the way to commercial reality, and we expect a number of them will have applications across a number of industries, creating system-wide benefits and returns for the whole nation. While these are the project officially in train, I have a far greater vision for where our partnership will take us in the future. Crops that produce their own fertiliser. Materials that shield plants from pests while filtering just the right wavelengths of light for plant growth without burning or dehydration. Plants that produce useful oils from every part of the plant, not just from the seeds. Collaboration is at the heart of everything we do at CSIRO. Our relationship with the Rural RDCs is built on a solid foundation on shared values and vision for the enduring nature of our rural industries, and a commitment to weathering the storms of disruption on the horizon. We have more to do, and many opportunities to seize, but together, I’m confident we can not only retain, but grow, our international agricultural advantage for all Australians. Dig into more of our farming research The cream of the crop
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New sugar varieties for Australian can growers and millers

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Piglets don't need to be weaned early according to University of Adelaide research

Piglets don't need to be weaned early according to University of Adelaide research | Rural Research and Development | Scoop.it
Piglets don't need to be weaned early, according to research from the University of Adelaide.
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Rural broadband boosts income and jobs, according to study - TelecomsTech

Rural broadband boosts income and jobs, according to study - TelecomsTech | Rural Research and Development | Scoop.it
Rural broadband boosts income and jobs, according to study
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A team of researchers led by Brian Whitacre from Oklahoma State University has found that broadband access provides a significant economic lift to rural areas in America.
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Research wanted on a fertility control for wild dogs

Research wanted on a fertility control for wild dogs | Rural Research and Development | Scoop.it
Western Queensland grazier calls for research into fertility control for wild dogs.
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Data linkages for rural and remote health research

Pulse+IT Magazine - Australasia's First and Only eHealth and Health IT Magazine (Data linkages for rural and remote health research http://t.co/nJ9Pf2XMAE)...
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Flocking to ewe management course - Agriculture - Sheep - General News - The Land

Flocking to ewe management course - Agriculture - Sheep - General News - The Land | Rural Research and Development | Scoop.it
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Weed-killing swarms of farming robots?

Weed-killing swarms of farming robots? | Rural Research and Development | Scoop.it
Researchers say 'swarms of robots' could replace big farm machinery in the future.
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On-farm grain storage in the spotlight - The Land Newspaper

On-farm grain storage in the spotlight - The Land Newspaper | Rural Research and Development | Scoop.it
On-farm grain storage in the spotlight
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The event was funded by the Grains Research and Development Corporation, as part of their Grower Solutions program, and run by NSW Department of Primary Industries.
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Growers to vote on new fruit fly levy - ABC Online

Growers to vote on new fruit fly levy - ABC Online | Rural Research and Development | Scoop.it
Growers to vote on new fruit fly levy
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Fruit growers are set to vote on a new levy for the Sunraysia region in Victoria.
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Six jobs per one agriculture studies graduate

Six jobs per one agriculture studies graduate | Rural Research and Development | Scoop.it
One agriculture studies student says there are 6 jobs waiting for each graduate.
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There are great careers in ag, and it is terrific to see passionate, engaged and enthusiastic people coming into these industries.

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