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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.

Article by AgFunder

Innovation hub AgriFutures growᴬᴳ⋅ plans to make Australia the agtech capital of the Southern Hemisphere

Agriculture is a critical part of the Australian economy, with the country’s agricultural, fisheries and forestry sector valued at $69 billion and growing

With that growth comes an urgent need to expand the use of agricultural technologies to ensure both productivity gains for farmers and Australia's role in the global food system. To do this, more investment needs to be channeled into both research and commercial initiatives for the country's agtech.

AgriFutures Australia created the growAG. program to address these needs.  

Commercial opportunity

Novel insect-based pet food range, BuggyBlend ready for commercialisation

BuggyBix, with support from AgriFutures Australia, has developed a novel insect-based pet food range – BuggyBlend – to reduce our pets’ environmental pawprint and accelerate the development of Australia’s insect protein industry. An exciting opportunity awaits for commercial partners to assist in the scaling and distribution for Australian and international markets. 

  • Led by
    AgriFutures Australia
  • In collaboration with
    BuggyBix
Commercial opportunity

Novel fertility device set to drive value for thoroughbred breeding

AgriFutures Australia and the University of Newcastle have developed a simple stallion fertility test device to help boost Australia’s billion-dollar thoroughbred breeding industry. They are now seeking investors and industrial partners with experience in plastic manufacturing to commercialise the solution.

  • Led by
    AgriFutures Australia
  • In collaboration with
    University of Newcastle
Innovation

The gateway connecting the world to our agrifood innovation opportunities

It is a great time to be in rural research and innovation. There is a landslide of activity across agriculture, fisheries and forestries, all designed to deliver new technologies and opportunities to Australian farmers.

 

Each year, the Australian government, universities and industry invest billions of dollars in research to support agriculture, fisheries and forestry. There are 15 Research and Development Corporations (RDCs), 43 universities and hundreds of industry organisations and peak bodies, that currently house thousands of research projects. But, in order to find them, you need to know what you are looking for and where to look. Until now.

  • Funded by
    Department of Agriculture, Water the Environment
  • Project led by
    AgriFutures Australia
Commercial opportunity

Camera technology offers new vision for chicken welfare

AgriFutures Australia and the University of Southern Queensland are seeking technology partners to commercialise novel video analysis software to better detect growth and welfare indicators of poultry flocks and enhance on-farm decision making.

 

Funded by the University of Southern Queensland and AgriFutures Australia’s Chicken Meat Program, mechatronic engineers Dr Cheryl McCarthy and Dr Derek Long have linked continual on-board image analysis, similar to face recognition, with a low-cost camera to provide regular updates on flock movement throughout the day.

 

  • Funded by
    AgriFutures Australia
  • Project led by
    University of Southern Queensland (USQ)
Waste

$2 million budget for pre-farm gate waste investment – Open call seeks innovative ideas

Australians produce over 74 million tonnes of waste per year, with the amount of waste produced by farmers, fishers and foresters presenting a significant challenge. Limited support and practical options exist to avoid waste in the first place or manage it as part of the production process. 

 

The pre-farm gate waste program has been launched to support innovative ideas and options for the avoidance, recycling and reuse of pre-farm gate waste, and ensure there is clear direction and coordination of activities for the sector to achieve the required change.  

  • Led by
    AgriFutures Australia

Commercial opportunities

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

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

Mycopesticide (fungal biocontrol agent) for lesser mealworm control

Opportunity for

  • Biotech companies interested in developing new pesticide products
  • Led by

    AgriFutures Australia

  • Opportunity type

    Seeking interest, 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).
Logo for Software for intensive and semi-intensive animal production systems
Poultry

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
Logo for Impact to Biosecurity with Reduced Access to Public Lands
Honey bees

Impact to Biosecurity with Reduced Access to Public Lands

This project will deliver a risk assessment on honey bee biosecurity on public lands including the development of an understanding …
  • Funded by

    AgriFutures Australia

  • Project date

    29 Nov 2022 - 29 Jun 2023

  • Research organisation

    AgEconPlus Pty Ltd

Logo for FodderSafe (2022-2025)
Multiple industries

FodderSafe (2022-2025)

  • Funded by

    AgriFutures Australia

  • Project date

    9 Sep 2022 - 30 Jun 2025

  • Research organisation

    Agsmart Pty Ltd

Logo for Rapid diagnosis of strangles to improve horse health
Other rural industries

Rapid diagnosis of strangles to improve horse health

Equine infectious diseases impact significantly on Australian thoroughbred breeders. A well-known example of such highly contagious disease is strangles, caused …
  • Funded by

    AgriFutures Australia

  • Project date

    19 Sep 2022 - 19 Jan 2024

  • Research organisation

    University of the Sunshine Coast (USC)

Logo for Application for Top-Up Scholarship - University of Queensland
Cereal grains

Application for Top-Up Scholarship - University of Queensland

The water shortage brought about by a combination of climate changes and recent environmental flow legislation that limits irrigation water …
  • Funded by

    AgriFutures Australia

  • Project date

    18 Aug 2022 - 29 Aug 2025

  • Research organisation

    The University of Queensland (UQ)

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