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Published: 19 Dec 2022

Farm upgrades at TDRF

As 2022 comes to an end, we are taking a look back at some of the highlights and top stories from the year.

  • We highlighted our early career researchers, who make a significant contribution to TIA’s research portfolio, including this profile story about Dr Tamieka Pearce on International Day of Women and Girls in Science. Read more
  • The Tasmanian Government’s Agricultural Innovation Fund delivered $1.7M for TIA to undertake a range of new research, including reducing methane emissions from livestock using asparagopsis seaweed. A key aspect of this will be building the capacity within TIA to measure livestock GHG emissions and conduct trials under commercial conditions and scale. Read more
  • We officially opened the new rotary dairy at our Dairy Research Facility at Elliott, as part of a $8.6M transformation of TIA’s research farms in North-West Tasmania. Tasmania is now positioned to lead the nation in contemporary research and innovation to support the dairy industry. Read more
  • We are working with horticulture growers to help the industry adapt to climate change as part of a $6.4M research program delivered by Hort Innovation. The five-year project aims to grow cool climate horticulture production by 20 per cent. Read more
  • Dairy farmers, researchers, and industry professionals came together to discuss some key opportunities and challenges facing Tasmania's dairy industry in our first Virtual Forum: The Future of Dairy. Watch the forum
  • Continuing our good relationship with TasTAFE, we signed a Memorandum of Understanding earlier this year to enhance collaboration on agricultural education and training pathways, shared infrastructure, resources, knowledge and data. This is already reaping benefits, with collaborative trials taking place at the TasTAFE Freer Farm. Read more
  • Our Vegetable Research Facility (Forthside) has undergone a digital transformation over the last 12 months, bringing the almost 60-year-old farm up to date with changing farming practices to deliver better outcomes for industry. Read more
  • We hosted a Field Day at Forthside for industry and the community to speak with researchers about current projects, view trial sites and experience and interact with new technologies that could be adopted on their own properties. You can watch the presentations on TIA's YouTube.
  • We are working with producers in Tasmania's south-east to assess the impact of regenerative agriculture practices in an effort to improve their resilience to drought. Read more
  • This year, eleven students from across Tasmania were awarded scholarships totalling $110,000 to study Agricultural Science at the University of Tasmania. We are fortunate to have strong support from the agriculture industry and generous individuals to offer a wide range of scholarships each year, and we know the tremendous benefit that this brings for our students. Read more
  • Graduates from the Bachelor of Agricultural Science at the University of Tasmania were in high demand before they had even graduated, with an estimated 6 jobs per graduate in Australia.  Our graduates are taking their pick of jobs around Australia, with some even entering the industry at management-level jobs. Read more

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