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World Soil Day: research to improve soil biodiversity
It's World Soil Day and we're celebrating the theme 'Keep soil alive, protect soil biodiversity' by asking some of our researchers to explain how their work is improving soil health.

#AgDayAU spotlight on researchers
In the lead up to National Agriculture Day on Friday 20 November we’ve invited some of our researchers to share their story and why primary industries inspires them.

Cool Soil Initiative to tackle greenhouse gas emissions on-farm
Graham Centre researchers are part of the 'Cool Soil Initiative' a $2 million project to tackle greenhouse gas emissions on-farm.

Webinar puts focus on biosecurity and what it means on farm
Biosecurity – you might have seen the black and red sign on farm gates but what does it mean in practice? Rural producers will be able to find out in a webinar hosted by the Future Farmers Network (FFN), Charles Sturt University and RuralBiz Training on Thursday 6 August.

Sheep confinement lots preserve pasture and improve management
A decision in the millennium drought to set up smaller pens to better manage sheep over summer has become an annual practice for the Curry family allowing them to preserve pasture, increase stocking rates and improve management.

Watch the Graham Centre Livestock Forum
The recording of the 2020 Livestock Forum is now available to watch.There's new research, along with the panel discussions with producers and experts.

Charles Sturt survey seeks input from sheep producers
New research aims to improve management of breeding ewes in drought containment areas. Sheep producers are needed to take part in an online survey to identify practices that improve reproduction to develop management guidelines and inform further research

Register for the 2020 Livestock Forum
Register to attend the online and interactive 2020 Graham Centre Livestock Forum on Friday 31 July.

Raising awareness of seafood safety
Ahead of World Food Safety Day on 7 June Graham Centre researcher, Associate Professor Shokoofeh Shamsi, is highlighting the need for more education and awareness of parasites in aquatic species to improve seafood safety.

Soil pH, SU herbicide and legumes
Have your legumes been struggling? Charles Sturt University research into the interaction of soil pH and the breakdown of sulfonylurea (SU) herbicide may hold a clue.

Dung Beetle project success flies in the face of COVID-19
Over 24,000 spring and summer active dung beetles have been successfully distributed to 50 farms across Southern Australia and Western Australia.

World Veterinary Day 2020
As we celebrate World Veterinary Day 2020 two Graham Centre researchers, Associate Professor Jane Heller and Associate Professor Andrew Peters share their views on the theme “Environmental protection for improving animal and human health.”

Understanding pig biosecurity – pig health and diseases in NSW
Graham Centre researchers have teamed up with NSW DPI and LLS to better understand pig owner and producer practices and beliefs regarding pig health and disease prevention, preparedness and farm biosecurity.

Update COVID-19 and Graham Centre operations
Like all of you, we’ve been watching the development of COVID-19. The Graham Centre is still operating - we’re just doing things a little differently in response to the advice from Government and health authorities.

Graham Centre research on ABC Landline
Graham Centre research examining how planting flowering strips near vegetable crops can support beneficial insects to keep pests in-check has been featured in a story on Landline on ABC TV.

International Women’s Day reflection
“I believe, supporting each other and lifting each other up will be the key to our success,” writes Graham Centre PhD student Nisansala Perera. International Women’s Day is celebrated around the world on Sunday 8 March and the global theme this year is ‘Generation Equality’.

Recognition for Innovative NSW DPI Scientist
Graham Centre member, NSW Department of Primary Industries meat scientist Dr Ben Holman was awarded the AMPC Science and Innovation Award for Young People in Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry.

International internship shines light on antimicrobial stewardship in animal production
Brazilian PhD student Dr Jéssica Kayamori Lopes travelled to Australia in 2019 to tap into Graham Centre expertise and learn more about the Australian approach to antimicrobial stewardship.

Farm walk -Suppressing vegetable pests
New research using flowering plants to boost beneficial insects to reduce the impact of pests in vegetable crops will be on show at farm walks in South Australia and Victoria in February. Read more in this story.