Funding for RD&E Projects

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​The Tasmanian Government invests in agricultural Research, Development and Extension (RD&E).

Funding o​​pportunities

Agricultural D​​​​​​ev​​​elopment Fund

The Tasmanian Government’s Agricultural Development Fund (ADF), launched on 22 July 2021, is investing $3 million in RD&E projects that will promote innovation and sustainable growth in Tasmanian agriculture.

Funding is available for projects that will deliver broad benefits to Tasmania and the state’s agricultural sector; have strong support and partnership from industry; and demonstrate a clear strategy to deliver on-farm impacts.

Agricultural Inn​​​​ovation Fund

The $3 million Agricultural Innovation Fund (AIF) was announced in 2019 to address emerging opportunities and issues likely to have a direct impact on Tasmanian agriculture. The AIF supports projects that are delivered in partnership with the Tasmanian Institute of Agriculture, including a project currently underway to expand crop protection options for the control of blueberry rust. The remaining funds in the AIF will be allocated through the same grant round process as the  Agricultural Development Fund.

On 18 March 2022, four new AIF projects were announced:
  • On-farm adoption of low emissions feed technologies for improved profitability of the Tasmanian livestock sector
    This project will evaluate the use of biochar to deliver Asparagopsis seaweed at a commercial scale to livestock in Tasmania, and assess the combined impact of biochar and Asparagopsis on greenhouse gas reduction, productivity gains, animal health and soil carbon.
  • Beating smoke taint with sparkling wine – Climate Change Adaptation for the Tasmanian wine industry
    This project will investigate the production of sparkling wine from smoke-affected wine grapes as a mitigation strategy. The outputs will provide winemakers with the knowledge to help them develop risk management strategies against the impacts of climate change.

  • Development of a decision support system for management of potato diseases and estimating impact of changing climates
    This project will develop a tool that will allow the potato industry to predict and control disease more effectively. This will increase productivity and profitability of the industry, while decreasing food waste, pesticide use and environmental impacts. It will also provide a valuable tool for modelling the impact of future climate change.
  • New on-farm strategies for the prevention and control of blueberry rust in Tasmania
    This project will provide the blueberry industry with practical information and precision tools to manage blueberry rust through the evaluation of pathogen survival over winter and defoliation as a potential control measure.

Other funding of agricultural RD&E

Tasmanian ​​Instit​​ute of Agriculture (TIA)

The Tasmanian Government is providing $28 million to the Tasmanian Institute of Agriculture over the five years to 2023, which includes $5 million per annum in base funding.

TIA was established through a Joint Venture Agreement between the Tasmanian Government and the University of Tasmania. For more than two decades, the Government has supported world-class agricultural RD&E and education through TIA that is delivering practical, on-farm benefits to our state’s agri-food producers.

Pastures and Li​​vesto​​ck Productivity Project

$648,000 over three years has been allocated to the Pastures and Livestock Productivity Project.  Funding has been allocated from the Tasmanian Government's Sustainable Agri-Food Plan 2019-23, the Australian Government Department of Agriculture and Water Resources and the Tasmanian Institute of Agriculture.

Tasmania’s Resea​​rch Farm Capacity

The Tasmanian Government committed $7 million in the 2018-19 State Budget to modernise Crown and TIA research farms and make them centres of excellence for practical research and demonstration. So far, the Government has allocated $5.75 million to upgrades at the Elliott, Forthside and Cressy Research Facilities, with additional co-contributions from the University of Tasmania.

Extensio​​n​​ Accelerator

The Tasmanian Government provided $144,000 to deliver the Extension Accelerator Program in partnership with TIA. The professional development program was delivered over 2020 and 2021, and aimed to build extension capacity within Tasmanian agriculture in partnership with industry.

Strategic Industry Partn​ership Program

Since 2017-18, the Tasmanian Government has committed $4.15 million for the Strategic Industry Partnerships Program (SIPP).  This includes the 2021-22 State Budget announcement of a further $2 million to the SIPP.  The SIPP supports regional communities and businesses by investing in peak industry bodies to drive growth and innovation across the Tasmanian agri-food sector. ​

The SIPP provides funding for a diverse range of projects including industry RD&E.​