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AgriFutures Australia

AgriFutures Australia proudly focuses on building a rich future for Australian agriculture. We live and work in the regions and represent the interests and aspirations of primary producers and rural communities, delivering real value in everything we do.

Our vision is to grow the long-term prosperity of Australian rural industries and communities through:

  • Research, development and extension programs for established industries that do not have their own Research & Development Corporation (RDC), including the rice, chicken meat, honey bee and pollination, thoroughbred horse, pasture seeds, export fodder, ginger and tea tree oil industries.
  • Delivering programs that proactively address sector-level challenges and opportunities including research to inform national policy issues, tech innovation and adoption, to industry challenges that require widespread engagement across the sector. * Research and analysis to understand and address important issues on the horizon for Australian agriculture. Programs include evokeAG. and growAG..
  • Identifying and capitalising on global opportunities and challenges and encourage the uptake of new technologies to strengthen Australian agriculture’s position and future growth through evokeAG. and growAG..
  • Research, development and extension programs that enable emerging and growing industries to reach new markets and address their barriers to acceleration including the pomegranate, jackfruit, and insect industries.
  • Initiatives that attract capable people into careers in agriculture, build the capability of future rural leaders, and support change makers and thought leaders. Programs include the AgriFutures Horizon Scholarship and the AgriFutures Rural Women’s Award.

Our approach

We place people at the centre of everything we do. We listen, connect and collaborate with emerging leaders in agriculture, industry bodies, other RDCs and government.

Our approach is intrinsically tied to our organisational values; we are Real, Connected, Future-thinking and Positive.

Our stakeholders

AgriFutures Australia partners with Australian rural industries and the Australian Government through the Department of Agriculture and Water Resources.

Other stakeholder groups include research providers, the CSIRO, other RDCs, compliance agencies, supply chain companies, community leaders, individual primary producers and the general public.

Our funding

AgriFutures Australia is primarily funded by an annual Australian Government appropriation.

Other funding sources include:

  • Industry levy funds (R&D expenditure is matched dollar for dollar by the by the Australian Government).
  • Voluntary industry contributions.
  • Other contributions come from Australian Government-specific programs, private companies, rural RDCs, state and territory governments and research providers.

These funds are invested to achieve our strategic research, development and extension goals.

Related Opportunities

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Other rural industries

AgriFutures Australia: ‘Equility’ – Rapid stallion fertility testing device – partnership opportunity

Opportunity for

  • Veterinary equipment and instrument developer and manufacture companies, with knowledge and understanding of sales and marketing of instruments
  • Preferably with links and knowledge of the horse breeding industries – natural and artificial insemination.
  • Led by

    AgriFutures Australia

  • Opportunity type

    Seeking interest, Licensing, Seeking partners

  • Readiness
    Mid to Late (TRL 5-9)
    For opportunities that are seeking solutions providers who are in the mid to late stages of readiness.
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Multiple industries

Buggy Blend – nutritionally optimised, alternative protein pet food range (insect-based)

Opportunity for

  • Australian and international companies interested in commercialising novel products in the pet food industry
  • Existing pet food manufacturing businesses interested in diversified opportunities
  • Insect farming businesses interested in enhanced production outcomes and/or partnering into value-added productisation opportunities
  • Investors interested in sustainable alternative protein products

^This opportunity is only for professional and sophisticated investors.

  • Led by

    AgriFutures Australia

  • Opportunity type

    Seeking interest, Seeking investment, Joint venture, Seeking partners

  • Readiness
    Late (TRL 8-9)
    Commercial optimisation of the product/service, testing and commercial distribution.
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Honey bees

Elite genetics for Manuka honey and essential oil production

Opportunity for

  • Investors interested in investing in the ManukaLife company^
  • Nurseries interested in producing and distributing elite Leptospermum genetics
  • Plantation companies and large-scale landholders (farming, mining etc.) interested in developing essential oil / Manuka honey producing plantations
  • Cosmetic, pharmaceutical and medical companies interested in developing new products

^This opportunity is only for professional and sophisticated investors.

  • Led by

    AgriFutures Australia

  • Opportunity type

    Seeking interest, Seeking investment

  • 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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Pasture, fodder & feed

AgriFutures Australia: Clover seed harvester

Opportunity for

  • Agricultural engineering companies interested in repurposing and modifying products
  • Agricultural machinery suppliers interested in distributing repurposing and modifying products
  • Led by

    AgriFutures Australia

  • Opportunity type

    Seeking interest, Licensing, Seeking partners

  • 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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Poultry

AgriFutures Australia: Software for intensive and semi-intensive animal production systems

Opportunity for

  • Software companies interested in commercialising products and services for animal production systems
  • Companies interested in commercialising sensor / vision based products and services
  • Led by

    AgriFutures Australia

  • Opportunity type

    Seeking interest, Joint venture, Seeking partners

  • 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).

Research projects

Other research projects
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Hazelnut Program of Research

This five-year program of research, led by Charles Sturt University in concert with AgriFutures Australia and a consortium of research …
  • Funded by

    AgriFutures Australia

  • Project date

    16 Jun 2024 - 13 May 2029

  • Research organisation

    Charles Sturt University (CSU)

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Other rural industries

Equipping Australian agriculture with sustainability metrics

The project will update existing inventory to capture on-farm improvements, add new agricultural products and key post-farm processes to AusLCI. …
  • Funded by

    AgriFutures Australia

  • Project date

    6 Jul 2023 - 31 Jul 2025

  • Research organisation

    Life Cycle Strategies Pty. Ltd.

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Honey bees

Transmission of deformed wing virus (DWV) through imported semen

Australian beekeepers can import drone bee semen to access overseas genetics for desirable traits like improved honey production or resistance …
  • Funded by

    AgriFutures Australia

  • Project date

    12 Jun 2024 - 18 Dec 2025

  • Research organisation

    Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO)

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The Equine Fetal Membranes. What is normal?

A notable challenge for the industry is the loss of foals during pregnancy from fetal membrane disease, affecting 5-10% of …
  • Funded by

    AgriFutures Australia

  • Project date

    6 Jun 2024 - 29 Sep 2025

  • Research organisation

    The University of Melbourne

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Poultry

2024 Gary Sansom Scholarship - Mr Rebel Northey

Scholarship award to a student in the chicken meat industry for the purpose of assisting the student with the student&…
  • Funded by

    AgriFutures Australia

  • Project date

    30 Mar 2024 - 29 Mar 2025

  • Research organisation

    Rebel Northey

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