Our innovative farmers are being celebrated as part of National Agriculture Day (AgDay).
Led by National Farmers’ Federation, the theme of this year’s AgDay is innovation and how new technologies are making farming more productive and sustainable.
From paddock to plate, we are committed to finding innovative solutions to the challenges our farmers face.
We are investing in a range of research projects to help restore and improve our soils. We are working with CSIRO, Australia’s national science agency, to build an Australian National Soil Information System.
The Future Drought Fund’s Climate Services for Agriculture (CSA) tool provides farmers with historical climate data, seasonal forecasts, and future climate projections, delivered in a user-friendly interactive platform.
To ensure farmers are prepared for and remain resilient through drought, the Australian Government’s Southern NSW Drought Resilience Innovation and Adoption Hub is looking at ways to help farmers make better use of technology to manage their farms.
Through our partnership with Hort Innovation, an industry owned research and development corporation, agtech developers are exploring a new way to pollinate plants.
We are committed to strong action on climate change and have allocated $8.1m to progress research that will support the commercialisation of seaweed. Science has shown that feeding livestock the native seaweed Asparagopsis, reduces emissions by 90%.
Our Biosecurity Innovation Program is investing in innovative approaches to minimise the impact of current and future biosecurity challenges to our agricultural industry.
We are also investing more than $47m to improve livestock traceability systems on top of $68m on systemic traceability uplift, including to demonstrate sustainability and allow food products to be easily traced back to their source.
Find out more about our work in agricultural innovation.