Project Pipeline

Our team is taking the lead in the establishment of vital projects in the industry based on real-world problems. Our strength is that we are working with collaborators on the ground to ensure we're developing solutions that are applicable and powerful.

We have projects already underway, projects seeking partners for the next steps in development, and expertise that may be the solution to an issue in your industry.

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The Centre for Agribusiness can offer a range of products and assistance including Decision support, Skills and capacity building and Policy development and support. We're here to work with you.

Our current portfolio of research programs is best categorised under three programs.

Program 1: Agribusiness Information Systems
Program 2: Commercialisation and uptake of technologies in agribusiness
Program 3: Policy and decision tools

Green paddock

Program 1: Agribusiness Information Systems

ProjectProject TypePartnersStage of ImplementationCompletion DateDescriptionRead more...Contact
Valuation of supply chain informationPhD

Seeking partners

Started2019PhD student Nikki Zhang is surveying meat industry firms, farms and retailers to generate estimates of the financial value of information in the Australian red meat supply chains.PPT presentationNikki Zhang, Derek Baker
Improved livestock data collection methodsResearch and pilot projectFAO, Ministries of Livestock and Agriculture in Indonesia, Botswana and TanzaniaComplete, now working on applications2017Under the Global Strategy for Improving Agricultural Statistics, UNE researchers Phil Morley, Michael Coleman, Derek Baker and Omphile Temoso are using survey data to test and apply new livestock data collection methodsReport on field work
Report on data gap analysis
Report literature review
Conference presentation on measurements on sheep and goats, Botswana
Derek Baker, Phil Morley
Application of Australian livestock data collection and processing methods for use in emerging marketsPilot projectSeeking partners Idea stage2019This project will build on the now-complete FAO pilot project by testing and promoting Australian expertise, equipment and systems in new markets.Conference abstract to be presented 19 July 2017 I Marrakesh, MoroccoDerek Baker, Omphile Temoso
Development of the UNE SMART Data CommunityPhDUNE SMART
Region Incubator
1st year2017UNE staff member Matthew
Wysel is developing a data
platform that provides an entry point for business to UNE’s data, expertise and industrial applications. A Centre for
Agribusiness PhD scholarship is dedicated to this project.
BANKSMatthew
Wysel
, Derek
Baker
Development of
commercial products
from livestock data
Collaboration with
livestock industry
Seeking
partners
Idea
stage
2018A consortium of researchers, data
managers and livestock industry managers seek to utilise data and modern information
management systems to
commercial advantage in product marketing
 Rob Banks

Cattle in a green paddock


Program 2: Commercialisation and uptake of technologies in agribusiness

ProjectProject TypePartnersStage of ImplementationCompletion DateDescriptionRead more...Contact
UNE SMART Region IncubatorEstablishment and
support of an
incubator to exploit
the scientific
knowledge base of UNE and the
entrepreneurial
drive of the New
England and
Northwest
NSW
Government
Midway2017With facilities based in Tamworth and Armidale, the incubator offers an exciting opportunity for
joint efforts by UNE and the regional community to generate new business, boost exports and add value to people and
products.
UNE SMART Region
Incubator
Liz Egan - Outreach & Events
New uses of
agribusiness planning –
synergy with technical
information
Injection of
financial and
business
organisational
analysis into
management
decisions
In
discussion
with
partners
Formulation
stage
2017A number of new on-line and
app-based tools have brought
together substantial knowledge
and scientific resources. Adding
the business management
elements of decision making will
fuel the next generation of such
tools. A Centre for Agribusiness
PhD scholarship is dedicated to
this project.
PhD scholarshipDerek Baker
New uses of
agribusiness planning –
a new approach to
credence products
Development of a
pro-active approach
to delivery of
credence products,
enabled by
packaging of
technical and
financial
information along
the supply chains
In
discussion
with
partners
Formulation
stage
2017Many credence goods,
particularly in livestock systems,
are delivered subject to public
outcry. Rather than a responsive
stance, this project looks at
options for, and cases of, proactive
generation of credencebased
products. A Centre for
Agribusiness PhD scholarship is
dedicated to this project.
 Simon Burgess
Uptake of technologies
to increase data flow
Research on
existing pilots of
new technology
Seeking
partners
Ideas
stage
2018Alongside trials of new
technologies, this project seeks
to capture data on financial
incentives, management issues,
issues of novelty, and other
factors affecting uptake of
information-based technologies
and systems
FARMING
SMARTER CRC
prospectus
Derek Baker,
David Miron
Agricultural uses of
waste water
Development of
trials of alternative
water sources
focused on
adoption and risk
management
Seeking
partners
 2017An initial survey of attitudes and
risk preferences, followed by a
pilot programme in a developing
country.
Publication on alternative
water sources
Simone Valle De
Souza
, Sujana
Adapa
, Navjot
Bhulla
r
Adoption of
management methods
for enhanced water
efficiency
Development of
decision tools on
grazing and land
resource
management in
association with
current and likely
future water
constraints. A pilot
in developing
country.
In
discussion
with
partners
Ideas
stage
2017With the Institute for Rural
Futures
this project will
utilise UNE data on grazing
systems to address landscape level
management decisions.
Water management, along with
issues of alternative water
sources and waste disposal will
be included.
 Martin Thoms,
Derek Baker

Tray of vegetables


Program 3: Policy and decision tools

ProjectProject TypePartnersStage of ImplementationCompletion DateDescriptionRead more...Contact
Improved decision tools
for infrastructure
planning in regional
Australia
Development of
alternative and broadened sets of
measures and
analysis for
evaluation of rural road improvement
Rural Roads
Australia
and Moree
and Gwydr
local
authorities
Starting2017The upkeep and improvement of rural roads is a major cost item to central authorities and so is subject to certain criteria and analytic procedures. These may not recognise certain key roles in value addition to the products of regional Australia, nor the nature such regions of road use. This study will offer a way forward based on a case study, and
illuminate policy options.
Road funding
reform
Derek Baker,
David Hadley
Feasibility study on
options for the NSW
glasshouse industry
An analysis of
industry potential,
and policy options
for industry
development
NSW
government
Report completed2017Glasshouse development is a
major new force in agribusiness and in regional economies. This project sets the scene for NSW
and identifies roles for
government and industry.
Report: Controlled Environment Horticulture Industry Potential in NSWDavid Hadley
Extent of women's
entry to agribusiness
ventures and
sustainability in them,
and factors affecting
success
.
TBD: survey, tied to
the VI survey?
 Starting2018Project will research the extent to which women participate in the
agribusiness sector. The role of
incubators in supporting the
growth of female-led
agribusiness startups will also be examined.
 Lucie Newsome
Examination of the efficiency of farm-to-fork
enterprises in
Australia
A survey-based
analysis of vertically
integrated
agribusiness in Australia, including
the identification of appropriate
performance
measures and
benchmarking
procedures.
In
discussion
with
partners
Starting2017The elimination of middlemen is often targeted as a business
model, and this general approach
has become increasingly popular
in Australian agribusiness. Few objective measures of success, and of management and
informational determinants of
success, have been delivered by agribusiness researchers. This
project seeks to do this, while
developing a benchmark-based
management tool for farm-to-fork businesses.
 Derek Baker
Projections of the
longevity and
sustainability of quality
premia in Australian
agribusiness export
products
Utilisation of MLA
demand projections
and Wagyu Supply
projections to
provide a model of
price premia
Wagyu
breed
society
Starting
May
2017
2017Wagyu beef currently enjoys a
substantial price premium, and to date demand growth has
outstripped supply growth. The current project examines the price premium for Wagyu beef, and the identification of
applications to other products,
and to product development
more generally
 Derek Baker,
Sam Meng and
Stuart Mounter
A study of the impact
on food shoppers’
behaviour of the opening of an Aldi store in Armidale NSW
A survey-based
analysis of change
in peoples’
shopping behaviour
 Data collection complete2017Much is made of the dominance of Australia’s duopoly food retail structure, and the entry of Aldi is being followed with interest. Few studies directly address the period surrounding the opening of an Aldi store and the response of consumers.Conference
presentation
Rene Villano,
Stuart Mounter,
Garry Griffith
and Derek
Baker
Developing and testing
the concept of value
chain failure in the pig
meat and fruit and
vegetable industries
Building on
previous work with Beef supply chains,
applications for improved supply chain performance
are extended to other commodities
MLA,
University
of Bonn,
Germany
Near
completion
2017In this project, the concepts of
chain failure and chain goods are being applied to sustainability
questions in the Australian and
German pig meat and fruit and
vegetable industries. The aim is to understand how different trading and policy environments help or hinder whole of chain
solutions. Animal welfare and
food waste are particular
concerns in this project.
Publication on chain failure
Publication on industry
clusters
Publication on
strategic fit in
the beef
industry
Publication on vertical
arrangements in supply chains
Garry Griffith,
Euan Fleming,
Stuart Mounter
Measuring the benefits
of beef genomic
technologies in the
Wyoming cattle
industry
Building on
Australian
experience,
application is made to a State-level
commodity beef industry in the USA.
University
of
Wyoming,
USA
Near
completion
2017This project measures the
benefits of beef genomic
technologies in the Wyoming
cattle industry.
This project also builds on
partnership with the University of Wyoming, the hosts of our
student agribusiness study tour in June 2017.
Article in US
magazine
Garry Griffith
Designing and
implementing new free
range value chains in
the small scale and
emerging sector of the
South African beef
industry
Development and
testing of
smallholder
capacities for action on competitive
supply chains.
Australian
Centre for
International
Agricultural
Research
(ACIAR),
Agricultural
Research
Council
(South
Africa),
National
Agricultural
Marketing
Council
(South
Africa)
Midway2020New value chains for pasture
finished beef from small-scale and emerging cattle farmers are being developed and trialled with some of South Africa’s major
supermarket chains. Typically the cattle owned by these farmers are not suited to feedlot finishing (70% of beef consumed in South Africa is grain fed), and the farmers have to sell into low value local markets. A high value market for pasture finished beef is currently met by imports. The project tests local supply in this role.
ACIAR project
link
Heather
Burrow
, Garry
Griffith
Design of tertiary
education programmes
for Australian
agribusiness
Survey and
consultation with
Australian
agribusiness firms
about securing and
retaining
employees with
suitable
qualifications.
DFAT
Australia
under the
COALAR
programme,
Universidad
Nacional del
Sur
(Argentina),
Australian
Meat
Processors’
Corporation, Armidale
Business
Chamber, IT
International
Started2018Experience with study
scholarships, recruitment of
graduates and postgraduates,
retention of graduate staff, and industry-level collaboration will
be surveyed. Elements of
industry strategy will be
formulated and partnerships
established between commercial firms and UNE.
COALAR project
link
Derek Baker
Links between the
regional economy and
agribusiness
Development of regional
development
indicators, and extensions to
agribusiness

Partners
sought


Contact

Started2018State-level economic
performance measures do not
necessarily reflect that of the
regions and the primary
industries, and this project
disaggregates data to provide a fuller picture.
Conference
presentation
Shawn Leu, Ed
Lefley