The winter 2021 edition of CRDC's magazine, Spotlight, has just been published, with a focus on 'innovation'.
As agriculture continues to navigate the brave new world created by the development of the internet of things, big data and technological advancements, CRDC is also creating new pathways to capitalise on it.
The role of the Australian cotton industry’s world-class researchers and research projects are often the motor that drives innovation. Bringing this research together creates the brains for new technology for improved decision-making and crop management at the farm level. It also creates opportunities for cotton and its feedstocks to be transformed into new products for industries outside our traditional fibresphere, such as in the medical and bio-fuel industries. At the post-farm gate level, it gives the processors such as ginners the tools to turn out the fibre Australian cotton growers are so well known for.
CRDC will continue to support rigorous research, development and extension (RD&E) through traditional research pathways, albeit with a new focus on how to better bring knowledge and products to the field. We are also looking to the future, through our Vision 2029 commitment, to create and prepare the industry to increased sustainability and efficiency. Technology has a major role to play in this.
This has prompted CRDC and our fellow Research and Development Corporations (RDCs) to harness what is now a part of the R&D landscape. This includes the start-up community, major cross-sectoral collaborations, commercial partners and pathways to bring innovation to market, as outlined by the recently launched growAG initiative and the establishment of Agricultural Innovation Australia Pty Ltd.
The notion of putting a problem out there and asking innovators to solve it is not a new one. CRDC has, for some 30 years, worked with scientists to solve cotton’s wicked problems. That has not changed, but the depth and width we cast our net is greater. There is a world of innovation waiting to be harnessed by Australian agriculture, and we as RDCs are ready to do just that.
In the winter edition, we’ve provided some background on how RD&E is evolving and what it offers us. It is impossible to cover off every innovative project CRDC invests in, so in this edition you’ll find a snapshot to illustrate how traditional research and development is backing innovation, along with the pathways CRDC is following to bring innovators to our industry. You’ll also find the full list of our investments for the coming year.