Farming and agriculture


Irrigation system turns on the waterworks

11:24PM | Monday, 21 November 2011 |  Airdrop is an irrigation system that can pull liquid moisture out of dry desert air, designed as a low-cost, self-powered solution to growing crops in arid regions.

Former Swinburne student wins 2011 James Dyson Award

11:36PM | Thursday, 10 November 2011 |  Swinburne University graduate Edward Linacre is the winner of this year’s James Dyson Award, receiving $14,000 for an irrigation system that pulls liquid moisture straight out of dry desert air.

Robotic harvester cream of the crop

8:20PM | Wednesday, 3 August 2011 |  Queensland farmer Ray Daniels has invented a robotic harvester capable of picking and sorting strawberries, which he hopes will eliminate hand-picking from his business altogether.

Tapping into the rural digital economy

7:19PM | Friday, 15 July 2011 |  Milking cows isn’t an obvious path to website design but entrepreneur Tim Gentle says moving to a rural area proved to be the perfect way to tap into a niche online market.

Australian Fresh Leaf Herbs

7:28PM | Monday, 4 July 2011 |  Producing almost 100,000 bunches of fresh herbs every week is no mean feat in a nutrient-starved nation like Australia, but Jan Vydra and William Pham make it work.

Lily Loves Pearl

6:11PM | Friday, 17 June 2011 |  With 34 stores across Australia, organic skincare business Lily Loves Pearl is more than just a pretty name. Founder Samantha Molineux talks to StartupSmart about being in the organic industry.

Coles denies slashing petrol price to fuel milk price war

3:31PM | Wednesday, 9 March 2011 |  Coles has denied that it has increased the prices of petrol to fuel its milk price war, after the supermarket giant was accused of a lack of transparency at a Senate inquiry.

Supermarket price war pushing out small businesses

3:12PM | Tuesday, 1 March 2011 |  A Queensland Liberal MP says the escalating price war between Woolworths and Coles is squeezing out small businesses, many of which are struggling in the aftermath of floods.

Retailers to be hit by rising cotton costs

2:10PM | Monday, 28 February 2011 |  Retailers are facing an unprecedented rise in cotton prices and higher manufacturing costs out of China, forcing some to lift prices or risk selling their goods at a loss.

Small business lending to improve: RBA

2:27PM | Wednesday, 9 February 2011 |  Small businesses can expect better lending conditions as the economy strengthens and competition in the banking sector increases, according to the Reserve Bank of Australia.