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  • Water app keeps track of soil’s moisture content

    SoilWaterApp (SWApp) provides farmers with a ready estimate of plant available water (PAW) during fallows, crops and pastures for dryland and irrigated paddocks.

    27th Mar 17
  • Ingenious irrigators

    REALIGNING our property into bankless irrigation system is a step enough for most farmers, but one not large enough to accommodate the long term designs of NSW irrigator, Dallas Stott at Whitton,

    27th Mar 17
  • RHAA Breakfast - Driving Government Regulatory Change in Rainwater


    The RHAA is holding a breakfast at the Mantra on Russell on 4th May and Irrigation Australia members are welcome.  

    24th Mar 17
  • SE Regional Committee Acknowledges World Water Day

    The Queensland Regional Committee of Irrigation Australia met on World Water Day - 22 March 2017 and the 35 attendees were given a brief introduction on what the day means and how we can all support the initiative

    23rd Mar 17
  • "News Flash" - New Dates for 2018 IAL Conference

    Irrigation Australia have announced a slight change to the dates for the 2018 Conference & Exhibition. 

    23rd Mar 17
  • Feasibility study for Ord Stage 3 begins despite dwindling support

    A $5 million Commonwealth-funded study into the feasibility of expanding Western Australia's Ord Irrigation Scheme into the Northern Territory will ramp up in the coming months.

    23rd Mar 17
  • 'Horticultural visa' needed to solve Top End labour issues

    A special horticulture visa is needed to help solve Northern Territory farmers' labour issues, according to a Top End melon grower.

    21st Mar 17
  • Report on basin plan

    Murray-Darling Basin state government ministers have agreed to commission a detailed report on socio-economic impacts of the Murray-Darling Basin Plan. Murray River communities on both sides of the border have been advocating for a detailed study before more water is removed from productive use.

    21st Mar 17
  • Murray-Darling Basin water ministers commit to no further water buybac

    The Murray-Darling Basin ministerial council has committed to no further buybacks from irrigation communities.

    20th Mar 17
  • Irrigators want guarantee timing of water releases from Snowy

    Irrigators reliant on the Snowy scheme are worried a new $2 billion plan to increase power generation means they will not get access to water when they need it.

    20th Mar 17
  • Productivity Commission undertaking major national water review

    The Productivity Commission says Australia is recognised as a world leader in water management, but that does not mean there is no room for improvement.

    16th Mar 17
  • High spring inflows sees full 2017-18 opening water allocation for SA

    Improved Murray-Darling Basin storages and strong inflows has seen South Australian Murray irrigators receive 100 per cent opening water allocation for the upcoming water year.

    16th Mar 17
  • Victorian Nationals push to remove barrages in Murray-Darling River

    The Victorian Nationals have given voice to a radical plan to change the Murray-Darling Basin Plan.

    15th Mar 17
  • Infrastructure Australia Priority List

    Download the newly revised Infrastructure Australia Priority List from here. Read about the 100 major infrastructure proposals that have proven strategic merit and national significance. Included in this list are the following water projects:

    15th Mar 17
  • Momentum builds for resurrecting Ord Valley cotton industry

    Momentum is building to resurrect the cotton industry in the Kimberley's Ord Irrigation Scheme, with trials underway and more farming land being developed.

    15th Mar 17
  • Dairy farmers owed millions

    Dairy farmers owed millions while owners of collapsed National Dairy Products led lavish lifestyle

    14th Mar 17
  • Efficiency windfall

    Almost 200 irrigators across the electorate of Farrer are sharing in close to $151 million in funding to upgrade and modernise their on-farm water infrastructure.

    More than $500 million has now been contracted under five rounds of the On-Farm Irrigation Efficiency Program (OFIEP) as part of the Murray–Darling Basin Plan.

    13th Mar 17
  • New GM cotton on trial

    Biotechnology giant Monsanto will trial GM cotton in the Ord Irrigation Scheme this year, using new technology its leader says could prove more resistant to thrips, mirids and caterpillars.

    The US seed company is in talks with Department of Agriculture Western Australia to secure a “tiny” trial plot at Kununurra Research Station.

    13th Mar 17
  • Irrigation hub opens

    Total Eden and Ruralco businesses Rodwells, Ruralco Water and Ruralco Property have opened their doors at a new Shepparton hub focusing on agro-water consultancy and services.

    13th Mar 17
  • Rice industry predicts it will need to grow 25 per cent more grain

    As the global population continues to grow, the rice industry is calling for more investment to help grow more rice with less water, on less land.

    10th Mar 17
  • Drought declared as parts of Queensland suffer one of the hottest and

    The Bundaberg region in Queensland has been drought-declared after suffering through its hottest summer since 1897.

    9th Mar 17
  • Snappy app Vine Water Stress to advance wine grape growers' yields

    A new smartphone application with thermal imaging technology could help growers reduce water costs and optimise vineyard production, according to a viticultural scientist who has had his hands on an early version.

    9th Mar 17
  • Landholders say Great Artesian Basin could underpin north Queensland i

    Landholders in north Queensland say the Great Artesian Basin could underpin their plans to develop irrigated agriculture.

    9th Mar 17
  • Barnaby Joyce praises Tasmanian 'doers'

    The Tasmanian Liberals have used a visit from Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce to make the case for more irrigation funding.

    9th Mar 17
  • Richard McLoughlin Announced as IAL Speaker for Hort Connections

    Richard McLoughlin - Assistant Secretary - Water Resources/Water Division from the Department of Agriculture and Water Resources is announced as a speaker at the IAL conference at Hort Connections event in Adelaide in May 2017, Read more......

    3rd Mar 17
  • Rural towns in Nth Victoria ‘to die’ if water for farms withheld

    Up to three out of four dairy farms in northern Victoria will not survive the next drought and rural towns will die if the Murray ­Darling Basin Authority continues with a plan to return to the ­environment an additional 450 gigalitres of water currently available for irrigation, local farmers have warned.

    3rd Mar 17
  • Murray-Darling authority prepares final recommendations for basin plan

    The Murray-Darling Basin Authority (MDBA) is preparing to make its final recommendations about the future of the basin plan in northern rivers, as a political fight over water looms.

    2nd Mar 17
  • Jain Irrigation acquires Australian agri-tech firm Observant

    Observant, which was launched in 2003 by Simon Holmes à Court and Matthew Pryor, provides water management devices with practical farm-ready solutions. Claiming to have more than 5,000 connected devices in the field, the firm has operations in Australia and the US. 

    2nd Mar 17
  • March 2017 Industry Newsletters

    Industry Newsletters and information received from various sources that may be of interest ....for example Water Career News, Pump Industry News, Bureau of Meteorology etc.

    1st Mar 17
  • Bauer Group expands its business in Southeast Asia

    The Austrian agricultural equipment manufacturer Bauer is expanding its market presence in East and Southeast Asia. Many farms in the region have already been using the irrigation and slurry management equipment “made in Austria” for a number of years. The product range is now being expanded, the dealer network is being built out and products are being sold directly to large customers. At the agricultural trade fair Agritechnica Asia being held for the first time in Bangkok, the company will be presenting its irrigation and waste water management systems

    1st Mar 17
  • Toro Australia promotes Laurence Bingham to Director of Sales & Market

    Toro Australia, a leading manufacturer and supplier of irrigation, turf care and garden maintenance equipment, has promoted Laurence Bingham to the role of National Director of Sales and Marketing.

    23rd Feb 17
  • Regional Queensland irrigation management bill passes

    The Queensland Parliament has passed legislation that would allow irrigators in rural communities to manage their own water schemes in the future.

    23rd Feb 17
  • Irrigators switch to on-farm solar to reduce power costs

    Farmers across Australia are choosing to invest in on-farm renewable energy sources to cut costs and reduce reliance on electricity providers.

    20th Feb 17
  • Overhead Irrigation Changing Cotton Practices

    Cotton growers in Australia are changing the way they farm, after years in drought forced a rethink of water management practices.

    16th Feb 17
  • New Tasmanian irrigation scheme

    Work on Tasmania’s new Duck Irrigation Scheme has commenced, which will see $30 million invested in delivering improved water security to irrigators in the Circular Head region.

    16th Feb 17
  • Irrigation Tasmania Sold to Ruralco

    Ruralco (Total Eden) today announced the acquisitions of Irrigation Tasmania, Mildura Irrigation Centre and River Rain 

    15th Feb 17
  • It’s 'game on' for drought-affected Victoria

    25 projects across 11 municipalities in Victoria range from rainwater and stormwater harvesting, to using recycled water for irrigation, planting drought-resistant turf and investing in synthetic surfaces. All were granted a share in $2.3 million funded under the Sustainable Water Fund – Community Sport and Recreation Program.

    15th Feb 17
  • Cross-border approach to Basin review

    FORMER Murray-Darling Basin Commission chief executive, Don Blackmore is part of a four-member panel that will review the offset mechanisms outlined in the Murray-Darling Basin Plan to ensure environmental results occur without short-changing Basin communities.

    14th Feb 17
  • Modernising Tasmania's agricultural research as hemp growth trebles

    Through our AgriFood Plan we have already invested an additional $2.9 million into collaborative research and development initiatives; delivering the water for profit program to maximise returns from irrigation, poppy mildew research, precision agriculture through controlled traffic farming and grape quality and vineyard productivity projects. This is on top of our annual $5 million investment into our own world-class Tasmanian Institute of Agriculture.

    10th Feb 17
  • Tap turned on $2b water infrastructure loans

    FARMERS have welcomed commencement of the Coalition government’s nation-building $2 billion National Water Infrastructure Loan Facility.

    10th Feb 17
  • Commonwealth On-Farm Further Irrigation Efficiency program promises to

    The latest acronym for irrigators to remember is COFFIE: the Commonwealth On-Farm Further Irrigation Efficiency program.

    Like previous initiatives such as the On-Farm Irrigation Efficiency Program (OFIEP) and South Australian River Murray Sustainability (SARMS) Irrigation Industry Improvement Program (3IP), it will offer funding to irrigators who pledge to use water more efficiently.

    2nd Feb 17
  • Registrations now OPEN for 2017 Hort Connections event

    In a first for Australian horticulture, Irrigation Australia has joined AUSVEG as a co-host of the Hort Connections, which will be held at the Adelaide Convention Centre from 15-17 May 2017.

    5th Dec 16
  • NEWS FLASH - New dates for the 2018 IAL Conference & Exhibition

    "NEWS FLASH" - New dates for the 2018 IAL Conference & Exhibition

    21st Oct 16