Charles Sturt University
Graham Centre for Agricultural Innovation

From the Acting Director

I’m very pleased to share with you news that the Graham Centre for Agricultural Innovation has been named as a semi-finalist for the NSW/ACT Regional Achievement and Community Awards in the Prime Super Agricultural Innovation Award. This is a photo of Canola cropsignificant achievement for the Centre and its members and reflects our work to support our regions and communities through industry-relevant research that delivers benefits throughout the value chain. Finalists in the Awards will be named shortly ahead of a gala presentation in November. It’s an honour to be recognised in these awards that showcase the impressive list of finalists who are working to maximise efficiency, develop new products, and open new market opportunities for primary industries, good luck to all the finalists. Thanks and congratulations to all Centre members for your contribution to this success.

The Centre has been involved in hosting a number of forums and conferences over the past few months and you can read more about those later in the newsletter. Many farmers are experiencing poor seasonal conditions and it was great to see so many people attend our Livestock Forum and the Agribusiness Today Forum, to tap into the latest research and expertise, but importantly to take time out from the daily grind to talk with other producers.

Graham Centre members came together in July for a workshop to discuss and identify innovative and cross-pathway themes that the Centre should focus on to contribute to agriculture innovation. The process was also undertaken with the Industry Advisory Panel, which allowed for a comparison of themes identified by researchers with industry experience and projections. The IAP identified demand driven agriculture as the narrative/context for the themes that were identified. The consumer drives our production, and they will become increasingly important into the future. The consumer’s demands are at the centre of what is assumed and determined acceptable in food production and how this is achieved from paddock to plate.

As a result of these discussions, the following five main themes were identified:

  1. Resilient farm businesses
  2. Low chemical agriculture
  3. Agricultural biosecurity
  4. Spatially directed agriculture
  5. Functional future foods

We look forward to putting the outcomes from these discussions into practice to support Centre members to apply proactive approaches to solve agricultural problems, identify opportunities and enhance collaboration.

Acting Graham Centre Director, Associate Professor Marta Hernadez-Jover

 

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