ABOUT THE RESEARCH ROUND YARD


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PLEASE NOTE THAT THE FARM TABLE IS CURRENTLY IN DEVELOPMENT.

We are currently working with stakeholders on how to best deliver research and trial results to the public. Please bear with us and thanks for being patient!

Please contact info@thefarmtable.com.au with any suggestions, comments, or if you would like to join us at the table.


Research, development and extension (RD&E) in primary industries is central to increasing industry productivity and ensuring sustainability.
— Australian Government, Department of Agriculture

There are many private and public institutions in Australia (including 13 universities) committed to delivering agricultural research. 

But how often do we engage with the work that they do?

Presently, research and trial information is often not presented in a digestable or accessible format. This means the producer, the independent agronomist or consultant, or the budding agricultural student, does not engage with the latest information to come out of our research institutions. 

Extension is impossibly if the literature is not easily understood.

So, The Farm Table wants to bridge the gap between academic research and the farming community.

Rather than merely being a repository or library of existing research papers, the Research Round Yard organises and summarises — in plain English — relevant work performed across the industry. 

THE FARM TABLE WILL DISSEMINATE THE LATEST RESEARCH AND TRIAL RESULTS IN THE INDUSTRY IN A MANNER THAT IS ACCESSIBLE, READABLE AND PRACTICAL.

84% of The Farm Table survey respondents stated that the dissemination of results from field trials and research in a central place online would be 'very useful' or 'somewhat useful'.

EXTENDING RESEARCH.

INCREASING KNOWLEDGE.

IMPROVING RESULTS.


THE RD&E MODEL IN AUSTRALIA

It is the unanimous view of the ACDA members that the RDC system, funded by grower and producer levies coupled with Federal contributions, is a world-class system which is the envy of the agricultural R&D sector internationally.”
— Australian Council of Deans of Agriculture, 2010
  • Research in the Australian agricultural sector is carried out by a "complex and diverse web of research providers and investors" (Department of Agriculture).

  • There are funders of research and those that undertake the research and there is increasingly a greater separation between research funding, procurement and service provision.

  • The largest single funder of research are the Rural Research and Development Corporations (RDCs). The Australian Government provides approximately $250million a year to the RDCs, which are also funded by producer levies. 

  • Universities earn about 20% of total RDC funds (Australian Council of Deans of Agriculture) and the CSIRO is the key research agency at the Commonwealth level.

  • The National Primary Industries Framework (2009) looks to work with stakeholders (figure below) to "develop and implement a national approach for rural RD&E in Australia" (Australian Government, 2015). 

WHAT ARE THE PROBLEMS WITH THE CURRENT SYSTEM?

The fact that the Australian agricultural RD&E system is not a ‘system’ as such, but a set of activities that are carried out semi-autonomously by a range of different government, industry and private-sector organisations makes it very difficult to obtain a comprehensive overall picture of the complete Australian agricultural R&D portfolio.
— Mick Keogh, Australian Farm Institute
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Australia’s primary industries cannot afford a fragmented or duplicative RD&E system if they are to continue to improve their productivity and sustainability.
— Australian Government, Department of Agriculture