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Grant applications are now open for the 2022 Science and Innovation Awards for Young People in Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry! If you’re 18-35 and want to make a difference for Australia’s agriculture industries, this is your chance to apply for a grant of up to $22,000 to fund your project.

Who can apply?

The Science Awards support young innovators, scientists, researchers, extension officers, industry advisers and others actively engaged in the agriculture sector who have an original project that will contribute to the ongoing success and sustainability of Australia’s agriculture industries. To be eligible you must be aged 18-35 and be an Australian citizen or permanent resident.

What are the Award categories?There are 12 industry award categories: biosecurity and digital innovation; cotton; eggs and poultry (layers); established, new and emerging rural industries; fisheries and aquaculture; forest and wood products; grains; horticulture; pork; red meat processing; viticulture and oenology; and wool. Each category includes a $22,000 grant, and is generously supported by our Science Award partners from the research and development corporations and industry organisations.

Winners of the industry category Science Awards are then invited to apply for the Minister for Agriculture and Northern Australia’s Award, which provides additional funding for an extended research project.

For more information visit the Department of Agriculture, Water and the Enviroment website.

Got an hour?

Gain insights on tackling tough farm decisions.

Register for a free Weekly Times webinar

In partnership with The Weekly Times’ VirtuAg Spring, WorkSafe is supporting a free Ag Decisions webinar from 1 – 2 pm on Thursday 29 October 2020.

Join The Weekly Times’ Editor in-Chief, Ed Gannon and special guests:

Graham Phelps –Agriculture Practice Manager, WorkSafe Victoria,
Jason Shields – 2019 Horticulture Farmer of the Year, Plunkett
Orchards and Cameron Nicholson – Consultant, Nicon Rural Services.

Discuss decision making on the farm and the pathways to maintaining a dynamic, profitable and sustainable business.

How to register
Head to and register for the free event.

Make sure you set a reminder in your calendar for 1 – 2 pm Thursday 29 October 2020 to join the conversation
and have your questions for the panel ready!

Find out more
For more information on WorkSafe’s Ag Decisions webinar and other VirtuAg webinars visit: The Weekly Times

Grants to realise big ideas from young ag innovators

Applications are open for the 2021 Science and Innovation Awards for Young People in Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry, a competitive annual grants program assisting young Australians aged 18-35 to conduct new and creative research that will benefit Australia's primary industries.

In partnership with research and development corporations and industry associations, there are 10 award categories each worth up to $22,000.

Our best tip? Start early!

Read through the resources on the website and search for GO4188 on GrantConnect to access the application portal.
The Australian Academy of Science invites applications from Australian researchers for the APEC Science Prize for Innovation, Research and Education (ASPIRE Prize) for 2020.

The call for applications opened today and will close at 11:59 pm (AEST) Friday 24 April 2020.

The ASPIRE Prize is an annual award which recognises young scientists from APEC economies who have demonstrated a commitment to both excellence in scientific research, as evidenced by scholarly publication, and cooperation with scientists from other APEC member economies.

The theme chosen for this year is Biodiversity for a Prosperous Economy. This theme focuses on scientists’ contributions to biodiversity for prosperous economies across the APEC region by driving research that contributes to local livelihoods, traditional and modern medicines, and economic development.

To be eligible, Australian researchers must be under 40 years of age at 31 December 2020 and be an Australian citizen, or an Australian permanent resident who is a citizen of an APEC member economy and living in Australia at time of application.

Application deadline is 11:59 pm (AEST) Friday 24 April 2020.
03/12/2019 - 05/12/2019
The 2nd ANZ Smart Farms And AgTech Forum provides an invaluable platform for agriculture industry experts to address Smart Farming challenges, share knowledge, inspire new ideas and forge strategic partnerships.

Themed “Revolutionizing the Future Of Farming With Precision Agriculture, AI, Drones & Robotics”, this year’s edition focuses on the digital revolution in farming and how upcoming innovations are disrupting the way traditional farms operate.

Join us to learn from success stories in the field of smart and precision farming and acquire actionable insights, proven solutions and effective strategies that can assist with your organization’s agricultural transformation.

Do not miss out on the opportunity to forge valuable partnerships with some of the most innovative minds behind the smart farming revolution.

Mark 3 – 5 December 2019 in your calendar and book your seat now! We look forward to welcoming you this December!
Are you looking to improve the productivity of your property through a more holistic approach? An approach that keeps water in the landscape, improves soil health and increases biodiversity?

Hume City Council is hosting a field day for those interested in and looking to learn about the principles of Regenerative Agriculture. Two experienced guest presenters will provide great insights from their first-hand experiences.

Date And Time

Sun., 22 September 2019
10:00 am – 3:00 pm AEST


Ray-Monde Deux
250 Dalrymple Road
Sunbury, VIC 3429
Agriculture Victoria is hosting a series of workshops to help you prepare a land-use planning permit application. The workshop will give an overview of the supporting grants program that is offering up to $3,000 for expenses related to on-farm works, consultancy and advice, or training that supports the preparation of land-use planning permit applications.

You must attend a workshop to be eligible for the grant. This is a free workshop, with lunch provided, but spots are limited so register now.

Workshops will run from 9am-3pm and be held at dates and locations to be determined by registrations of interest.

Preferably 12-16 properties required to host a workshop.

The workshops will:
  • Inform and educate small-scale pig and poultry producers about their planning requirements;
  • Provide participants with guidance on how to complete a planning application;
  • Provide information and guidance on the development of a property and locality plan and nutrient management plan for small-scale pig and poultry farms to support a planning permit application;
  • Help participants to identify advice and site improvements needed to support their planning permit application.

More information on the grants program is available at

Date And Time

Thu., 01/08/2019, 9:15 am –
Tue., 31/12/2019, 3:00 pm AEST
MLA’s ‘Is the animal fit to load?’ guide has recently been revised.

In this webinar, MLA’s Ted Parish will be joined by Queensland cattle producer Russell Lethbridge to talk through the new guide, particularly what’s changed, and what it means for producers, consignors and transporters.

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

Join us for a webinar on Jul 25, 2019 at 12:30 PM AEST.
19/02/2019 - 20/02/2019
evokeAG is different to other events currently happening across Australia because it will attract the entire ecosystem: leaders, farmers, startups, innovators, accelerators, researchers, universities, businesses, corporates, government and investors.

Applications for the Future Young Leaders program close at 11.00pm on Friday the 12th of October 2018. For full eligibility criteria, terms and conditions and to apply, please visit

Applications for the EvokeAg Pitch Tent close close at 11.00pm (AEDT) on Friday, 28 September 2018. For full eligibility criteria, terms and conditions and to apply, please visit

Brisbane will soon play host to Australia’s largest agricultural innovation trade fair, GFIA in Focus (an offshoot of the internationally recognized Global Forum for Innovations in Agriculture), scheduled for 27-28 November this year at the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre.

Designed to support the government’s ambition for Australian agriculture to become a $100 billion industry by 2030, the event will promote sustainable food production in what is one of the country’s premier states for fruit, vegetable and livestock production.
03/10/2018 - 05/10/2018
PiA Sponsor MLA is supporting this years Farm Safe Conference

The Conference will be held on 3rd - 5 October 2018 at The Ville Resort, Townsville QLD