About AgriFutures Australia

Rice Industry Field Day, Old Coree, Jerilderie, NSW. Photo Zowie Crump co AgriFutures Australia

Investing in research, innovation, and leadership to strengthen our rural industries and regional communities.

AgriFutures Australia is one of 15 Research and Development Corporations (RDCs) that service the Research, Development and Extension (RD&E) needs of Australian rural industries. We represent the research needs for 13 thriving rural industries (chicken meat, rice, honey bee and pollination, ginger, tea tree oil, pasture seeds, export fodder, thoroughbred horses, kangaroo, buffalo, deer, goat fibre and ratite), delivering research and innovation that aims to give our farmers and producers real returns, as well as prepare them to thrive into the future.

With a head office in Wagga Wagga, NSW, we have a unique role among the RDCs as well as representing our 13 levied industries, we are responsible for:

  • Investing in research, development and extension which aims to drive the growth and development of emerging, high-potential agricultural rural industries such as sesame, industrial hemp and seaweed.
  • Developing and delivering programs that respond to the specific workforce and leadership needs of those working in the Australian agricultural sector.
  • Delivering programs that future-proof Australian rural industries by identifying and responding to national challenges and opportunities which impact the Australian agricultural sector.
  • Engaging with the global agrifood innovation system to ensure Australia is a leader in accessing, adopting, developing and exporting agrifood technologies and innovation.
  • Australian Government

  • Australian Chicken Meat Federation

  • Industry Associations

  • State and Territory Departments

  • Universities & Researchers

  • Investors

  • Innovation Hubs

  • Agriculture Innovation Australia

  • Other RDCs

  • Startups & Scaleups

  • Corporates

  • National Farmers Federation

  • Industrial Hemp

  • Insects

  • Seaweed

  • Sesame

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    Chicken Meat
  • Export Fodder
  • Thor­oughbred Horses
  • Honey Bee & Pollination
  • Rice
  • Ginger
  • Tea Tree Oil
  • Pasture Seeds
  • Kangaroo
  • Buffalo
  • Deer
  • Goat Fibre
  • ico Ratite

Our 16:5:5 Roadmap, which forms part of our recently laid AgriFutures Australia Research and Innovation Strategic Plan 2022-2027 , consists of 16 priorities across five focus areas to be delivered over five years. A simple, decisive set of priorities centred around two important audiences – our levied industries and Australian rural industries. Our focus areas and their vision are outlined below.

Our Industries

We deliver research and innovation that aims to give our farmers and producers real returns, as well as prepare them to thrive into the future.

Emerging Industries

Through targeted research we aim to drive the growth and development of emerging, high-potential agricultural rural industries such as sesame, industrial hemp and seaweed.

Workforce and Leadership

Through programs such as the AgriFutures Rural Women’s Award, the AgriFutures Horizon Scholarship and targeted industry activity, we support the development of those working in the Australian agricultural sector by responding to the specific workforce and leadership needs.

National Challenges and Opportunities

We work to future-proof Australian rural industries by identifying and responding to national challenges and opportunities which impact the Australian agricultural sector.

Global Innovation Networks

Through programs such as AgriFutures evoke AG. and AgriFutures grow AG. , we engage with the global agrifood innovation system to ensure Australia is a leader in accessing, adopting, developing and exporting agrifood technologies and innovation.

Margaret and Laura Knagge among rice crops in Gogeldrie, NSW. Photo: Jack of Hearts Studio.