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Highlights and achievements

2020 Farm Biosecurity Producer of the Year Award

Shane and Julie Templeton win the 2020 Farm Biosecurity Producer of the Year Award for implementing strict biosecurity protocols. They adopted AgriFutures Australia funded research to help combat Pythium, a disease threat with potential to decimate the ginger industry.

New hay variety

Growers increase their productivity and profitability thanks to a new hay variety called Koorabup which has excellent disease resistance and a superior level of Septoria resistance.

Increased thoroughbred breeding outcomes

The development of a quick on-farm test helps the thoroughbred breeding industry improve fertility and reproduction outcomes.

Improved value of Australian honey from measurement of antibacterial activity

Australia has at least seven Leptospermum species that produce honey with exceptionally high levels of antibacterial activity, providing the scientific basis to facilitate the entry of Australian honey producers into premium medicinal markets.

Blockchain technology

Growers and consumers to benefit from the development of blockchain technology in the AgriFutures Tea Tree Oil Program to establish traceability of pure tea tree oil.


evokeAG. 2020 attracted 1478 investors and farmers, local and international innovators to showcase ideas and innovation in front of a global audience.


growAG. will provide transparency across Australia’s agricultural innovation system, encourage collaboration, attract investment, and find commercial partners from within Australia and around the world. growAG. is being developed in partnership with the other RDCs and is in the final stages of construction.

Feedback on AgriFutures Rice Programs

An independent review into the Australian Rice Partnership breeding program finds its operating effectively and growers give the Rice Extension project the thumbs up, saying it is held in high regard.


Producers build their entrepreneurial and technological skills, so they can solve real industry issues, capitalise on, and commercialise new technologies, and bring novel, high-value products to market. Two AgriFutures Australia-funded participants who have benefited are QCamel and Hive Haven.

Emerging Industry focuses on seaweed

Future RD&E priorities add to emerging seaweed industry blueprint.

Sesame seed cropping

Commercial R&D field trials assist in the development of sesame as a high-value summer cropping alternative in Australia.

Truffle Growers Guide

Truffle growers welcome important industry field guides and manuals to help identify pests, diseases and their
host trees.

Survey targets Community Trust

AgriFutures Australia is understanding and building community trust in the Australian agriculture sector by working with 11 RDCs, the National Farmers’ Federation and NSW Department of Primary Industries with 6,461 people participating in the national trust survey in its first year.

Chicken meat RD&E benefits industry

The delivery of the chicken meat extension and training program ensures the industry’s focus is on research outcomes, development of best practice management materials and training.

The Changing Landscape of Protein Production: Opportunities and challenges for Australian agriculture

A new report identified opportunities and challenges for alternative (i.e. non-traditional) proteins in the coming decade.

Agriculture – a $100b sector by 2030?

Prioritising investment decisions in key areas that have the greatest impact is the cornerstone of this analysis which estimates a shortfall of $15.7b based on the current growth trajectory of the sector.