Cutting edge farm research

Loxton and Struan have been selected as key nodes and centres of regional innovation excellence to service the South Australian Drought Resilience Adoption and Innovation Hub.

The new South Australian Hub aimed to transform the way that South Australian farmers and communities prepare for and respond to drought, according to Member for Barker Tony Pasin.

“The new South Australian hub will be based at the University of Adelaide’s Roseworthy campus, with regional nodes in Minnipa, Port Augusta, Orroroo and Loxton and Struan in Barker,” he said.

“That puts Barker front and centre in the co-design and delivery of innovative projects and practices aimed at boosting drought resilience and agricultural productivity.

“I am proud that we’re putting practical research and boots on the ground to help local farmers and their communities to become more drought resilient. “Barker farmers are seasoned innovators who rise to every challenge to deliver premium agricultural produce.

“It makes sense that our local expertise will contribute to ensuring that research and development delivers practical outcomes that ensure successful drought management in our communities.”

Mr Pasin said the Hub would bring together organisations like Primary Producers SA, Ag Excellence Alliance, the South Australian Government, Indigenous Land and Sea Corporation and Elders Rural Australia to engage directly with farmers, traditional owners and agribusinesses to take on the challenges of drought.

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