• Innovation in Agriculture
  • Innovation in Agriculture

    Terrain runs an integrated innovation strategy involving industry partners and farmers to support agricultural sustainability and profitability while maintaining environmental values.

   

Terrain’s integrated innovation program helps farmers in the Wet Tropics to:

  • Develop their ideas through on-farm trial projects
  • Link with technical advice
  • Identify and overcome barriers to developing innovations and bringing proven ideas to the main stream
  • Share information about trial outcomes by connecting with like-minded farmers and professionals within and outside the region, including internationally
  • Develop confidence to continue to push boundaries in agriculture  

Innovation starts with a question that challenges the status quo to seek new solutions. Sometimes the thought process starts with a “disturbance” or crisis - financial, health, philosophical, inspirational mentor, regulatory. Some people are simply on a journey of continual improvement.

Terrain offers a safe space for innovators to play in: to link with other like-minded people and those who challenge orthodoxy; to share ideas; to find mentors or advisors to help them take the next step - whatever that might be.

Supporting Farmers' Journey Through the Innovation Cycle 

innovation cycle

Terrain has a range of activities and government and corporate funding sources that support different aspects of the integrated innovation program.

Stage 1: A new idea

A new idea is born, but is not yet tested. This idea may be based on other innovations or practices, or may be an entirely new approach.

Funding opportunities

Innovation component of Reef Water Quality grants have been allocated. Program finishes June 2016.

Project Catalyst projects are underway. These provide technical advice for the sugar cane industry, funded through WWF/Coca Cola, to help farmers add rigour to testing potentially beneficial practices. Innovative growers are identified through the innovation network and may be invited to join this ongoing program.

Stage 2: Informal testing

Landholder/operator has already undertaken their own tests (often independently) and are finding promising results; however they have not applied any rigour to the testing (eg, insufficient documentation).

Funding opportunities:

Innovation component of Reef Water Quality grants have been allocated. Program finishes June 2016.

Project Catalyst projects are underway. These provide technical advice for the sugar cane industry, funded through WWF/Coca Cola, to help farmers add rigour to testing potentially beneficial practices. Innovative growers are identified through the innovation network and may be invited to join this ongoing program.

Stage 3: Validation

Credible testing/trials undertaken to validate the results of the innovation, in partnership with researchers, industry or independently.

Funding opportunities:

Project Catalyst projects are underway. These provide technical advice for the sugar cane industry, funded through WWF/Coca Cola, to help farmers add rigour to testing potentially beneficial practices. Innovative growers are identified through the innovation network and may be invited to join the program.

Game Changers projects are underway. They provide technical advice to successful Project Catalyst projects to implement promising practices.

Research partnerships (eg, James Cook University, CSIRO) that trial new practices on the ground

Stage 4: Early extension

Validated innovation practice extended to “early adopters” who are interested in applying the practice, further testing it prior to mainstream introduction.

Terrain encourages information sharing between farmers in the region, with farmers in other regions and with industry partners through the innovation network, forums and field visits.

Funding opportunities:

Game Changers projects are underway. They provide technical advice to successful Project Catalyst projects to implement promising practices and demonstrate potential to other farmers.

 Stage 5: Adoption as new “best practice”

Broad-scale uptake by industry.

Terrain encourages information sharing between farmers in the region, with farmers in other regions and with industry partners through the innovation network, forums and field visits.

To find out more about how Terrain can help you, email info@terrain.org.au or 4043 8000