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Maturing vine of innovation opportunities at Wine Australia

This month marks one year since the launch of AgriFutures growAG. and it’s been a successful 12-months for the platform and its users – particularly for Wine Australia, who have been garnering significant traction and collaboration to commercialise high-value technology. 

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Australasian pork industry calls for innovative agritech with commercial potential

An open call, dubbed the Shark Tank for the pork industry, needs innovators with cutting-edge agritech solutions to bring home the bacon for the Australasian pork supply chain. So what does it take to impress the commercialisation panel at Australasian Pork Research Institute Ltd?

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unPork's, Sally Tritton, Group Nutritionist and Leigh Brannen, Admin & Logistics Manager using AusScan
Op-ed

Agrifood tech innovation – opportunity for Australia is bigger than ever

AgriFutures Australia Managing Director, John Harvey shares the vision behind the online platform growAG., its critical role in driving Australian agrifood innovation and global opportunities, and its powerful success. 

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AgriFutures Australia General Manager John Howard presenting at the launch of growag
Case Study

What’s in a name? How a Victorian incubator is broadening definitions to grow impact in Australia and beyond

An alternate take on the term “AgTech”, along with a deep commitment to food and agriculture sustainability, is driving Melbourne-based early-stage incubator, Rocket Seeder, to look at the sector from a new perspective and extend its support to startups from unconventional segments of the supply chain.

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Rocket Seeder Managing Director, Emma Coath discussing GoMicro technology with Sivam Krish, GoMicro Founder & CEO demonstrating GoMicro technology
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Enablers of change: A day in the life of a Regional Extension Manager

Growing up on a vineyard fuelled Adrian Englefield’s love of the land and the agriculture industry. Now as a Regional Extension Manager for Hort Innovation, Adrian gets to help the next generation embrace ideas and harness opportunities, which support a thriving sector and sustainable workforce. 

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Multiple industries

Predicting harvest timing & yield in intensive cropping

This project is using AI, historical and current season grower data, combined with real-time micro-climate data to create models that predict yield and harvest dates for Treasury Wine Estate winegrapes and Costa group Group berries.
  • Led by

    Food Agility Cooperative Research Centre (Food Agility CRC)

  • Start date

    18 Feb 2019

  • Research organisation

    University of Technology Sydney (UTS)

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Cotton

Integrated weed management options for weed control in cotton farming systems

The widespread use of herbicides (particularly glyphosate) has led to the emergence of glyphosate-resistant populations in many weeds of cotton …
  • Led by

    Cotton Research and Development Corporation (CRDC)

  • Start date

    1 Jul 2018

  • Research organisations

    Cotton Research and Development Corporation (CRDC), New South Wales Department of Primary Industries (NSW DPI)

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Blockchain for the Meat Industry: Where and How?

This project aims to explore the use of blockchain technology for the red meat industry. Blockchain technology, which underpins digital …
  • Led by

    Australian Meat Processor Corporation (AMPC)

  • Start date

    15 Mar 2018

  • Research organisation

    Griffith University

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Aquatic AI – automated aquaculture investment opportunity

Opportunity for

  • Investors and commercial partners interested in a novel, sustainable aquaculture production system start-up
  • Partners able to support business scale-up with commercial acumen in: seafood distribution expertise, export market development and networks, global fine dining restaurant expertise and connections, international marketing, business/finance expertise that supports subsequent capital fund raising rounds.
  • Led by

    Aquatic AI

  • Opportunity type

    Seeking investment, Seeking partners

  • Express interest by

    30 June 2022

  • Readiness
    Early (TRL 1-4)
    Describes the challenge or opportunity being pursued and undertakes preliminary R&D to determine if the concept is feasible.
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Multiple industries

Australian Pork - Waste water and effluent sterilisation technology

Opportunity for

Intensive agriculture and power generators interested in commercialising water treatment technology to recycle wastewater and effluent with hot gas bubbles from exhaust gases. Use cases include:

  • farms and wastewater treatment plants with biogas generation
  • waste disposal industries like landfills with biogas generation
  • biogas plants and coal power plants which emit large amounts of hot CO2 from exhaust gases that can be reused.
  • Led by

    Australian Pork (APL)

  • Opportunity type

    Seeking investment, Licensing

  • Readiness
    Mid (TRL 5-7)
    Proof of concept in the laboratory then in the field resulting in the development of a minimum viable product (MVP).
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Wine

Wine Australia – wine grape yield prediction and estimation commercialisation opportunity

Opportunity for

  • Agritech software or hardware providers, innovators and commercial partners interested in access to wine grape yield predictions to integrate into existing or new platforms
  • Led by

    Wine Australia

  • Opportunity type

    Licensing, Seeking partners

  • Express interest by

    30 June 2022

  • Readiness
    Early (TRL 1-4)
    Describes the challenge or opportunity being pursued and undertakes preliminary R&D to determine if the concept is feasible.

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Alternative protein Other rural industries Pork

Australian Pork (APL)

  • Location

    Australia

  • Organisation type

    Research funding body

Co-designing a vibrant legacy for the Goulburn Valley

Co-designing a vibrant legacy for the Goulburn Valley

Davi La Ferla of Sensand Technologies, a key partner in the NorVicFoods project, speaks about the possible innovations set to rejuvenate Victoria’s Hume region and why human-centered and tech-enabled solutions will help maximise business outcomes. 

Future
15 Jun 2022
30 min listen
Supply chain innovation, ChillSafe tackles food waste challenge

Supply chain innovation, ChillSafe tackles food waste challenge

After 10 years of working with commercial businesses, Coolsan Australia will roll out its innovative ChillSafe technology to domestic consumers in July 2022. The patented, simple-to-use sachet is designed to reduce bacteria, mould and viruses in cool storages and keep food fresher for longer, resulting in less food wastage.

Tech
31 May 2022
5 min read
Green hydrogen solution for Australian agriculture, ready for investment

Green hydrogen solution for Australian agriculture, ready for investment

HydGene Renewables is paving the way for Australia’s carbon-zero future, using biowaste to produce 100% renewable and green hydrogen on-site and on-demand. The solution will provide farmers with low-cost and sustainable alternatives for ammonia, transport and seasonal energy storage. Now the startup is seeking investment to source alternative feedstocks and scale its technology.

Investment
11 May 2022
5 min read
UK-Australia collaboration drives space innovation

UK-Australia collaboration drives space innovation

Join us as Oli Madgett catches up with Dr Moira Smith, D-CAT Chief Technology Officer, talking all things 'Digital Content Analysis Technology', the value of taking a global view on precision agriculture, and the UK-Australia Space Bridge - a partnership focused on facilitating collaboration between the two countries’ space sectors.

Tech
7 Apr 2022
Video
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