AU: Cowra glasshouse to pioneer pasture and crop research

On November 2, Minister of Agriculture Adam Marshall and Member for Cootamundra Steph Cooke opened a $2.1 million glasshouse precinct at the NSW Department of Primary Industries (DPI) Cowra Agricultural Research and Advisory Station.

Mr. Marshall said the new facility would advance the State’s research and development capabilities, enabling new science to help increase the productivity and profitability of the agriculture sector. “By investing in research programs here in Cowra, we give our farmers a platform to become even better,” Mr. Marshall said.

“Our primary industries sector faces significant challenges, including climate change, drought, fires, water scarcity, as well as pests and disease. This purpose-built facility will allow DPI to undertake research projects to assist farmers to meet these challenges and ensure they are profitable and sustainable well into the future.”

“The research carried out at this new facility will have state-wide benefits as it will allow investigations into everything from tropical pasture grasses, which have the potential to significantly improve summer stock feed supply, through to pasture legumes through experiments using the controlled climate capacity of the facility," Ms. Cooke said.

“The new glasshouse and granary facilities at Cowra are part of a $100 million package we have invested into research infrastructure across the State to support our world-class food and fiber production,” Mr. Marshall said.

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Australia's Department of Primary Industries

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