Media Releases

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  • Ag InnovationClimate Resilience
  • 2 minute read

Media Release: Fodder project looks at dairy and reduced GHG emissions

Sineka Munidasa, Research Assistant with Dr Paul Cheng at The University of Melbourne's Dookie Campus, is checking winter cereals - a high quality crop for conservation. Friday 24 May, 2024     Researcher Dr Paul...
  • Drought resilience
  • 2 minute read

Media Release: Innovative drought-resilience solutions showcased at evokeAG 2024

Australia’s eight Drought Resilience Adoption and Innovation Hubs will join forces at the premier agrifood tech conference evokeAG. on 20 and 21 February, providing a united front to address one of the most pressing challenges...
  • Drought preparedness
  • 2 minute read

Media Release: Where is the ‘promised’ El Niño drought?

Wednesday 31 January, 2024   On 19 September last year, the Bureau of Meteorology (BoM) declared an El Niño event. It followed several months in the “neutral” phase, after the three-year La Niña occurrence was...
  • Drought resilience
  • 1 minute read

Media Release: Victoria’s final 3 Regional Drought Resilience Plans open for feedback

  All nine of the Regional Drought Resilience Plans (RDRP) for Victoria have now been done. The final three – for the Mallee, Loddon Campaspe and Ovens Murray regions – are currently open for feedback...
  • Drought resilience
  • 2 minute read

Media Release: Vic Hub welcomes release of initial Drought Resilience Plans

  With great variation across Victoria climatically, there is no single, state-wide solution to building drought resilience. Professor Michael Tausz, Director of the Victoria Drought Resilience Adoption & Innovation Hub, said, “For this reason, the...
  • Drought resilience
  • 2 minute read

Media Release: As BOM calls El Niño ‘event’, what does this mean for Victorian agriculture?

  El Niño does not automatically mean drought, it means there is a likelihood of hotter and drier conditions – and what this tells us is to be prepared, without getting swept away in hype....
  • Drought resilience
  • 3 minute read

Media Release: Two grants led by Vic Hub partners realise $15m funding in new, long-term, drought-resilience trials

    The two projects, which are part of $38m in Federal Government innovation grants just announced, will: provide rigorous scientific evidence for the effectiveness or otherwise of farming-systems adaptations hypothesised to improve drought resilience...
  • Soil
  • 1 minute read

Media Release: Victorian input vital in national soil-knowledge quest

Dr Peter Fisher, Victoria Soil Co-ordinator with the Vic Hub, is encouraging all Victorians across the agricultural sector and those involved in natural resource management of soils to participate.   Dr Peter Fisher, Soil Co-ordinator...
  • Drought resilience
  • 1 minute read

Media Release: Vic Hub part of national drought-resilience discussions

L-R: Dr Stephen Lee (Director, SA), Jane (Katherine Rural College), Sandra Knowles (Director, Tasmania), Prof John McVeigh (Executive Director, SQNNSW), Prof Michael Tausz (Director, Victoria), Leia Grimsey (Manager, SQNNSW), Cindy Cassidy (Director, SNSW), Mark Holland...
  • Drought resilience
  • 3 minute read

Media Release: With El Niño climate models steady, now is the time to review drought resilience

MEDIA RELEASE: 18 May 2023   Image credit: Yassine Khalfalli | Unsplash The latest Climate Driver Update has shown climate models have remained steady since the previous report in April. Michael Tausz, who heads up the...
  • Drought resilience
  • 3 minute read

Media Release: What does last week’s El Niño ‘watch’ mean for Victorian agriculture?

MEDIA RELEASE: 20 March 2023     Michael Tausz, who heads up the Victoria Drought Resilience Adoption & Innovation Hub, said, “El Niño ‘watch’ means that the BOM estimates a 50% chance of an El Nino patterns...
  • Ag Innovation
  • 2 minute read

Media Release: Vic Hub’s new podcast series a practical look at farming innovation

      Sabine Tausz-Posch, Associate Director – Innovation at the Victoria Drought Resilience Adoption and Innovation Hub (Vic Hub), said, “We created this new podcast series as a guide for farmers who are deciding...
  • Government panel visit
  • 3 minute read

Media Release: DAFF, Future Drought Fund advisers make fruitful Mildura visit to Vic Hub team

L-R: Bronwyn Harch, Caroline Welsh, Dale Park, Brent Finlay (Chair) and James Rowe (all FDF Hubs Advisory Committee), with Michael Tausz, Vic Hub Director. Image credits: Tegan Buckley, Mallee Marketing   Professor Michael Tausz, director...
  • Drought resilience
  • 1 minute read

Media Release: New drought grants to boost on-farm resilience

The Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry (DAFF) has launched a new grants program to encourage more farmers to take up drought-resilience practices and technology. Over $14 million is available to eligible entities under the...
  • Research trials
  • 3 minute read

Media Release: Strong interest in risk-management cropping at Dookie Campus Field Day

** Check out this exciting drone footage from the field day.    L-R: Dr Dorin Gupta, Senior Lecturer (Sustainable Agriculture), and Future Drought Fund  project leader; Navya Beera, PhD student; and Research Assistants Waseem Ashfaq...
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Media Release: Climate Services for Agriculture (CSA) tool updated to help more farmers

A free online tool giving farmers crucial climate information for their region has been updated following consultation across 8 agricultural regions. Climate Services for Agriculture (CSA) helps farmers find out what the future climate is...
  • 1 minute read

Media Release: DR. SAT updated to help more Victorian farmers

The Future Drought Fund’s Drought Resilience Self-Assessment Tool (DR.SAT) has been updated with new functionality after consultation across 8 agricultural regions, including Victoria. Improvements to the free tool include more commodities and regions. DR.SAT’s updated...
  • 1 minute read

Media Release: The Victoria Drought Hub expands to ‘Agricultural Innovation’ and is appointing adoption officers, under $3.6m in new funding

The Victoria Drought Resilience Adoption and Innovation Hub has now expanded its mission to include a greater focus on Agricultural Innovation. This includes a further $2.5 million in funding from the Future Drought Fund of...
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