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400M conference: Innovation generation unveils cropping solutions of the future

Neil Lyon, 19 May 2017

Visionary entrepreneurs with ideas for developing and commercialising innovative agricultural technology projects ‘pitched’ their ideas to the AgTech Investment Conference in Toowoomba, Qld, yesterday.

MDBA proposes drop in Northern Basin water target to 320 gigalitres

Grain Central, 16 May 2017

The Murray Darling Basin Authority (MDBA) is recommending the water recovery target for the Northern Basin be reduced from 390 gigalitres (GL) to 320GL as long as the Australian, Queensland and NSW governments commit to implementing a range of measures aimed at improving water management in the north and helping the environment.

Uni students win innovation challenge with prototype fertiliser pump system

Grain Central, 16 May 2017

Central Queensland (CQ) University Bundaberg students Branyon Apel and Polani Shadur have won $10,000 with their prototype of a Flexible Fertigation Pump System for orchards and farms, as part of the Telstra Innovation Challenge 2017.

New groundwater allocations for NSW

Grain Central, 05 May 2017

The NSW Department of Primary Industries Water (DPI Water) has announced the release of additional groundwater allocations in 42 groundwater sources across the State.

Cotton industry hails inquiry into electricity pricing

Grain Central, 04 April 2017

The Australian cotton industry has welcomed a move by the Federal Government to direct the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) to review retail electricity prices.

Funding boost for Qld irrigation infrastructure

Grain Central, 03 April 2017

Queensland Murray–Darling Basin irrigators will soon be able to apply for a share of $31 million in Coalition Government funding to upgrade on-farm water infrastructure, under a new round of the Healthy HeadWaters programme.

SoilWaterApp offers free second opinion in out-of-the-box season

Guest Author, 27 March 2017

With heatwaves, dry spells and floods affecting many parts of the Australian grainbelt in recent months, gauging subsoil moisture in the lead-up to planting the 2017 winter crop is likely to be trickier than ever.

Property: Switch to cotton buoys demand for Riverina irrigation

Guest Author, 22 March 2017

Irrigated land in southern NSW is in hot demand from investors and family farming operations as the region’s cotton industry expands.

Recycled water for agricultural use plan revisited

Grain Central, 13 March 2017

The Queensland Farmers’ Federation (QFF) has welcomed finalising of funding arrangements for the Federal Coalition’s $650,000 commitment to re-examine a visionary project that would divert south-east Queensland’s treated waste water for agricultural and industrial use.

Hawkesbury landholder pleads guilty to illegal water-taking charges

Grain Central, 02 March 2017

A Hawkesbury landowner has been prosecuted and pleaded guilty for various breaches under the NSW Water Management Act, resulting from including illegal works and piping to unlawfully tap into a neighbour’s water supply.