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During the month of May, we are looking at the future of food through the lens of the Northern Australia Food Futures Conference,  which takes place in Darwin 17-20 May.AgriFutures Australia is a major sponsor with a particular focus showcasing industry partnerships in the north in Emerging Industries as diverse as native foods, pomegranate, jackfruit, hemp, dates and camel, just to name a few.  Joining us for today's conversation is Matt Hall, the Director of Plant Industries with the Northern Territory Government. Matt is also a member of the AgriFutures Australia Emerging Industries Advisory Panel.This conversation looks at some of the possibilities in horticulture in Northern Australia, with a focus on jackfruit, an emerging industry with an exciting future. 
During the month of May, we are looking at the future of food production through the lens of the Northern Australia Food Futures Conference which takes place in Darwin from the 17th to 20th of May.The biannual event is Australia’s leading conference on agricultural development in the north. AgriFutures Australia is a major sponsor with a particular focus showcasing industry partnerships in the north in Emerging Industries as diverse as native foods, pomegranate, jackfruit, hemp, dates and camel, just to name a few. Joining us for this conversation is Laura Skipworth, Manager of Emerging Industries for AgriFutures Australia and Paul Burke, CEO of the Northern Territory Farmers Association.This conversation is a fascinating insight into the farming opportunities now available in the Top End and AgriFutures Australia’s role in supporting industry development through RD&E.  
In this podcast we sit down with Professor Chris Whitton, Head of the Equine Centre at the University of Melbourne to hear more about his recent work. Funded by AgriFutures Australia, the project aimed to develop knowledge about how racetrack surface selection can improve safety for racehorses and jockeys.Professor Whitton is joined by Dr Craig Suann, AgriFutures Thoroughbred Horses Advisory Panel member and former chief regulatory veterinarian for the NSW thoroughbred racing industry for 33 years. This conversation is about the importance of this research for the industry while touching on Professor Whitton and Dr Suann’s lifelong commitment to the thoroughbred horse industry.
Interested in agrifood innovation and what that looks like at a global level?growAG. is a gateway that connects the world to agrifood innovation opportunities in Australia. Just launched this month,  growag.com allows you to ‘go, search and find’ Australian’s world leading agricultural research, unique technologies, success stories and commercialisation opportunities in one, easy to use location. It has been developed by the Department of Agriculture, Water and Environment and Australia’s 15 Research & Development Corporations, often referred to as the RDC’s with AgriFutures Australia managing the platform on their behalf.   In part 2 of our series, we examine the global appeal of growag.com Featured in this episode:·         Arianna Sippel, Senior Manager growAG. AgriFutures Australia·         Sarah Nolet, Co-founder of Tenacious Ventures, Australia’s first dedicated agrifood tech venture capital firm.
From google maps to wifi, the winged keel, ultrasound, and the black box recorder, Australia is a country of innovators. Our isolation has propelled us to find new ways of doing things, and this is especially so in agriculture with some of our world-class inventions like water efficient crop varieties, the Header Harvester and no till farming practices, through to producing world leaders in digital farm management, satellite technology, blockchain and biosecurity. Now we can add another, digital innovation to the list.growAG. is a gateway that connects the world to agrifood innovation opportunities in Australia.In an Australian first, growAG.com allows you to ‘go, search and find’ Australian’s world leading agricultural research, unique technologies, success stories and commercialisation opportunities in one, easy to use location. It has been developed by the Department of Agriculture, Water and Environment and Australia’s 15 Research & Development Corporations, often referred to as the RDC’s with AgriFutures Australia managing the platform on their behalf.   This podcast reveals why growAG. is a game changer for Australian agriculture. Featured in this episode:·        John Harvey, Managing Director, AgriFutures Australia ·        Jason Strong, Managing Director, Meat and Livestock Corporation (MLA)·        Arianna Sippel, Senior Manager growAG. AgriFutures Australia·        Sarah Nolet, Co-founder of Tenacious Ventures, Australia’s first dedicated agrifood tech venture capital firm.
AgriFutures Australia Managing Director, John Harvey calls this story, a conversation starter. John is referring to the future of Australian agriculture and how agriculture should be funded in the future: do we want it to be corporate farms or family farms, or do we want it to be family corporates or something else?That conversation has begun following the release of the AgriFutures Australia’s funded report, Capital requirements of Australia’s agriculture, fisheries and forestry sector report. Written by Natural Capital Economics, the report identified an additional $7.5 billion in net capital investment per year is needed if the Australian agriculture, forestry and fisheries sector is to achieve the National Farmers’ Federation $100 billion vision by 2030.Currently a lot of investment that goes into ag is through debt funding and borrowing against equity in the farm. While that model has been successful to-date, to achieve the NFF’s $100 billion vision, there will need to be a more significant increase in investment. The report warns that without a significant increase in private sector and government investment, agriculture would fall well short of its potential economic value.So what are the options and what are the consequences?In one of our most thought-provoking podcasts to-date, we explore some of these issues with Jim Binney, Director of Natural Capital Economics and an author of the report. Jim is joined by AgriFutures Australia Managing Director, John Harvey.
AgriFutures Australia is growing the long-term prosperity of Australian rural industries and Catalysing a $10 million Australian Insect Industry. One of the projects AgriFutures has invested in, is the Nutritional quality of edible insects and development of pet foods.  This project is the first of its kind in Australia, processing insects as pet food. Watch our video here.  The Australian pet food industry is estimated to be worth $2.4 billion. In this podcast we hear from some of the people involved in processing insects as pet food project and why there is so much excitement about its potential. We hear from insect producer, Mick Thornett, Insect Protein Association of Australia chair, Olympia Yarger and pet food manufacturer, Shaun Eislers. First-up though, AgriFutures Australia’s Senior Manager, Emerging Industries Tom McCue sets the scene for what is happening in this Emerging Industry.
What are the critical safety risks on your farm? It is an important question and one that could save your life, the lives of your family or anyone coming onto your farm.Farm safety is in the spotlight following the release of the 2020 report Non-intentional Farm Related Incidents in Australia which highlights the total on-farm deaths, causes of injury, fatalities by age and gender, as well as the estimated economic impact of fatal injuries. The report shows while progress is being made, deaths from quad bikes and side by sides continue to take lives, in fact 58 lives were lost last year. See more here  This is a challenge not lost on the rural Research Development Corporations (RDC) which fund research through the Rural Safety Health Alliance (RSHA) to review the data and use an evidence-based approach to improve safety across our agricultural, fisheries and forestry industries. AgriFutures Australia is a partner member of RSHA.RSHA Executive Officer, Andrew Barrett says the figures are a sobering reminder that the cost of human life incurred in the production of our food and fibre is still too high and he wants to see urgent commitment and vision from our leaders to make any kind of meaningful change in the sector.In this podcast, Andrew is joined by Paul Daniel, a grain grower from the mid-north of South Australia.Both guests are passionate about farm safety and saving lives.  
For the week of International Women’s Day, we are showcasing what inspirational leadership looks like. Our next guest is a leader in Australian agriculture who wears many hats. Jess Fealy is an avocado and mango grower in Far North Queensland, who runs a family business. Jess is also just about to complete the National Farmers’ Federation Diversity in Agriculture Leadership Program. Jess is also a member of the AgriFutures Ignite Advisory Panel, where our thought leaders gather to share their opinions on emerging issues in Australian agriculture. Whatever the day/week means to you, we hope Jess’s story inspires you to get involved in creating a more equal future. Choose to challenge here: #womenlead #choosetochallenge 
During February we’ve been sharing some of our success stories in the evokeAG. startup community.This week we return to the last in our series of profiles on the 2020 AgriFutures Rural Women’s Award state winners.Our next guest is the 2020 WA RWA Finalist, Cara Peek.Cara is a Yawuru Bunuba woman who is the founder of Saltwater County Ltd and co-founder of the Cultural Intelligence Project.A native title lawyer by profession, Cara has travelled the world to work closely with other Indigenous nations such as the San Carlos Apache Nation.Now back home in the Kimberley, this born “advocate” is re-engaging at-risk Indigenous youth and connecting them back to country by using practical, hands-on skills such as bull riding, rodeos, camp drafting and country music. Here is Cara’s powerful story.
Australian robotics company LYRO Robotics has designed a world-leading pattern-packing robot for general fresh produce.The LYRO Machine Intelligence can pick and pack any fruit and vegetable, at any time, and pack them into any pattern or box.Co-founder Dr Juxi Leitner estimates the machine has packed more than 100,000 items, from avocados to chillies, from passionfruit to punnets of tomatoes.During the month of February, AgriFutures on Air has been showcasing amazing innovators making a difference in Australian agriculture.And the one thing they all have in common is their involvement in evokeAG., either in Startup Alley or the Startup Showcase.  Check out the new evokeAG. website and our two-part Startup Program in 2021 which is taking place completely online.  Here is the story of Lyro, the brains, eyes and hands of a robot.
During February, AgriFutures on Air is showcasing amazing innovators making a difference in Australian agriculture.The one thing they have in common is their involvement in evokeAG., either in Startup Alley or the Startup Showcase.  Check out the new evokeAG. website and watch out for our two-part Startup Program in 2021 which is taking place completely online.  This week we are profiling Safe Ag systems. As the name implies, Safe Ag Systems is about safety in agriculture, but this home-grown Aussie business has grown to become so much more. Its product road map now includes tackling a broad range of compliance issues using an online digital tool for farmers. Co-founder and CEO Katy Landt says she is on a mission to remove the paperwork associated with compliance for agribusiness globally without compromising their productivity. Here’s how Katy is making a difference. 
During the month of February, AgriFutures on Air is showcasing amazing innovators making a difference in Australian agriculture.The one thing they have in common is their involvement in evokeAG., either in Startup Alley or the Startup Showcase.  Check out the new evokeAG. website and watch out for our two-part Startup Program in 2021 which is taking place completely online.  GoMicro is a company helping Aussie farmers identify and detect pests, leaf disease and food quality in their paddocks by using their smart phones and artificial intelligence. Co-founder, Krishnapillai Anandasivam says GoMicro is putting the power of AI into the hands of every farmer. Anything that can be detected by the eye can now be detected by AI in ways never imagined.
Bee Innovative

Bee Innovative

2021-02-0320:10

Bee Innovative is an Australian agrifood tech company that is using artificial intelligence to track bees to boost crop yields and quality, with amazing results.Bees don’t always pollinate every part of every crop and pollination rates can be patchy.So instead of leaving it to chance, Bee Innovative Co-Founders, David and Kate Lyall are arming farmers with critical information showing rates of pollination and ways to boost it.And in crops like blueberries and sunflowers they’ve had great success, boosting farmers profits and reducing waste.During the month of February, AgriFutures on Air is showcasing four amazing innovators making a difference in Australian agriculture.And the one thing they all have in common is their involvement in evokeAG., either in Startup Alley or the Startup Showcase.  Check out the new evokeAG. website and watch out for our two-part Startup Program in 2021 which is taking place completely online.  Here is the story of Bee Innovative which like all great stories begins over a cup of tea.
2020 AgriFutures Rural Women’s Award QLD Winner, Elisha Parker is a woman who wears many hats, juggling motherhood with a career as well as a business in a remote part of Australia.  A lawyer by profession, she’s also an entrepreneur who along with her business partner, co-founded a website which is connecting the Australian cattle industry like never before. Like all good ideas, it came from personal experience. The website, cattlesales.com.au is Australia's only advertising custom designed site solely for cattle where producers and livestock agents can go to view pre-marketing saleyard cattle, online auction cattle and advertising paddock cattle.  And Elisha and her business partner have plans to expand the site further. Elisha Parker lives in Clermont, around five hours west of Rockhampton where living remotely has tested her resilience and creativity long before the pandemic. Here is her fascinating story.
The contribution working dogs make to Australian farms is well documented but how well do you really understand your working dog? 2020 AgriFutures Rural Women’s Award VIC Winner, Kelly Barnes is passionate about her dogs and believes working dogs have so much more potential than we realise. Kelly has developed a Mates Working Dog School – a working dog school to build low stress stock handling skills and to create a strong bond between dogs and their owners. Improving dog performance is only part of the story with Kelly keen to investigate the social connections and networks with like-minded producers. Kelly has channelled her own personal experience with chronic pain and mental health into the concept and she is hoping it could run in multiple locations in regional Australia. This is Kelly’s moving story with her loyal kelpie, Dugald by her side.
Farming systems are increasingly becoming more complex. In this podcast we explore the role of education and programs like the AgriFutures Horizon Scholarship Program in ensuring that the workforce of the future is equipped with the skills, capabilities and perspectives to meet these complexities.This week we are joined by April Browne from Dairy Australia and Julia Payne, who joined the AgriFutures Horizon Scholarship Program in 2020  and is sponsored by Dairy Australia.Applications for the 2021 AgriFutures Horizon Scholarship are still open, so if you're looking to kickstart your career like Julia make sure to get your application in before Friday, 15 January 2021.You don’t have to be studying an agriculture degree to apply for the Scholarship. You can also apply if you’re studying degrees like Veterinary Science, Agribusiness, and Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) courses with a focus on agriculture. For more information and to apply, visit our website at www.agrifutures.com.au/horizon.
Ever thought about what life is like on a remote cattle station?In this podcast, we hear from university student Emma Moss who is doing exactly that. Her dream to “go north” became a reality when she drove more than 5,000 kilometres to start work on Nerrima Station in the Kimberley region of WA.She documented the experience and, in the process has 20,000 devoted followers.Emma is passionate about Australian agriculture and is an AgriFutures Horizon Scholar, sponsored by Meat and Livestock Australia.You don’t have to be studying an agriculture degree to apply for the Scholarship. You can also apply if you’re studying degrees like Veterinary Science, Agribusiness, and Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) courses with a focus on agriculture.  Applications for the 2021 AgriFutures Horizon Scholarship are open until midnight January 15, 2021 so hurry, apply now. Emma’s story begins when she went ‘up north’.
Amy Kirke is the 2020 AgriFutures Rural Women’s Award NT Winner and a marine biologist who is keen to take her knowledge and passion about science to the next level. Amy wants girls and women in the NT to consider science as a career and she has developed an interactive outreach program called "Let's go fishing" which has a focus on education about sustainable fishing.Based in Darwin, she is taking her passion for Science, Technology, Math and Engineering, otherwise known as STEM on a science roadshow to capture the hearts and minds of a younger generation, who may not have had the opportunities to explore this new world.Amy describes her program as the first step in a series of conversations about creating a pathway for girls and women that shows science is within their reach. Here is Amy’s inspirational story.
Have you heard of Country to Canberra? It’s an organisation empowering young women living in rural, regional and remote Australia to reach their leadership potential.One of its key programs is a prestigious annual competition where the national winners receive a Power Trip to Canberra so they can be heard and mentored through leadership and public speaking training. But the program is so much more than this. AgriFutures is the proud diamond sponsor of this competition supporting ten rural women to change their own lives as well as the communities in which they live. In today’s podcast we meet Country to Canberra’s new Chief Executive Officer, Han Worsley whose own story has many twists and turns. 
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