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AWI’S WOOLQ IS A PORTAL TO THE FUTURE FOR WOOLGROWERS

WoolQ facilitates online collaboration between woolgrower, classer, broker and buyer, and the digitalisation of this process allows for a wide range of rich information to be accessed anytime and anywhere. The platform supports the growing and selling cycle across all key stages: planning, shearing, testing and appraising, analysing, selling and reviewing.

TIM GENTLE TO SHOWCASE AR & VR INNOVATION IN LIVESTOCK FARMING

Only a few years ago, the prospect of augmented reality (AR) and virtual reality (VR) playing a meaningful role in Australian agriculture with tangible, practical applications seemed idealistic. TECHSPO delegates will have the unique opportunity to experience the latest innovations in AgTech AR and VR thanks to Think Digital’s Tim Gentle.

FIRST KEYNOTES ANNOUNCED FOR TECHSPO: EXCLUSIVE SNEAK-PEEK

A world-class line-up of speakers will explore ideas shaping the future of farming including agricultural robotics, virtual sales yards, augmented reality, provenance and traceability trends, and how the AgTech investment space is evolving. Join Andrew, Tim, Wes & David for a thought-provoking day as they offer their views on how AgTech is shaping the future of farming.

MICHELE LALLY’S MICRO ABATTOIRS IMPROVING FARMGATE PROFITS & REINVIGORATING REGIONAL CENTRES

Michele built South Australia’s first on-farm small scale red meat abattoir and has since started designing and manufacturing custom built units around Australia and off shore.

Driven by the idealism of a fair food system while recognising the importance of branding, education and communication, Michele’s commitment to joining food producers and eaters is to ultimately bring back control of the food industry to those who grow it and those who eat it.

THE “WEED CHIPPER” HAS THE POTENTIAL TO CHANGE THE FACE OF FALLOW WEED CONTROL

A new mechanical weeding machine may help change the face of fallow weed control across Australia’s broadacre grains industry, and TECHSPO delegates will have the privilege of seeing the technology in action.

The Weed Chipper is the outcome of 3-year GRDC funded project and has been touted as the next answer in the fight against herbicide-resistant weeds. The project’s engineering lead, Dr Guzzomi, will be demonstrating its capability and presenting at this year’s conference.

THINGC ROBOTICS TO SHOWCASE THE FUTURE OF AGRICULTURAL ROBOTS

With the rapid increase in the global population, there is an expectation that there will need to be a dramatic rise in agricultural production, doubling to meet the coming demand. Many farmers are now turning to agricultural robotics as a solution to this problem, as the rise in AI and new developments with the technology are allowing farmers to realise greater profit, diversity and efficiency.

Australian company thingc Robotics are at the forefront of agricultural robotics. TECHSPO delegates will have the privilege of meeting one of their prototypes.

REGIONAL COUNCILS CONTINUE TO SUPPORT AGTECH INNOVATION IN WA

This year, TECHSPO will be bringing technology developers, farmers, advisors, expert researchers and officials together for two days of advanced agriculture technology, information sharing and collaboration, and regional councils continue to throw their support behind the growth of AgTech innovation in the state through their support and sponsorship of the conference. 

SMART TAGS ALLOW FARMERS TO MONITOR SHEEP IN REAL-TIME

Effective livestock monitoring and management is crucial in facilitating farm efficiency, profitability and waste reduction. Paving the way with new technology in this area is Australian Wool Innovation (AWI), who have been undertaking a recent project to develop smart tags that enable woolgrowers to monitor and assess their stock in real time, from any location.

AGRIFAC CAMERA SPRAYER REVOLUTIONISING WEED MANAGEMENT FOR BROADACRE FARMERS

This years’ TECHSPO will be bringing the most innovative machinery for broadacre farmers to WA, with Agrifac to showcase a demonstration of their revolutionary “smart cameras” to delegates on Day One of the conference.

SOUTHERN DIRT NOW PODCASTING

Out in the field or on the road? You can still keep up to date with Southern Dirt and everything that’s happening in the WA growers community. Join our CEO Tracey Hodgkins as she chats with Agronomy from the Cab, in Southern Dirt’s very first podcast.

RABOBANK’S WES LEFROY TO TALK  ON GLOBAL AGTECH AT TECHSPO

Wes’ insightful keynote will analyse how the pressures on global agriculture are mounting. ‘Push’ and ‘pull’ factors, such as changing consumer demand and the necessity to reduce agriculture’s environmental footprint are amplifying the pressures to produce a wider range of products, with less inputs.

FUTURE CROPS A FOCUS AT TECHSPO

Industrial hemp, flax, and bushfoods such as Gubinge (the Kakadu Plum) are just a few examples of alternative crops attracting attention due to the global trend in “superfoods”. These nutrient packed foods are rising sharply in popularity and consumer awareness, and will be just one of the hot topics unpacked in this years’ TECHSPO.

ANDREW BATE RETURNS TO TECHSPO 2019

Returning for his second TECHSPO, co-founder and CEO of SwarmFarm Robotics Andrew Bate is the chief visionary of the Swarmbot, leveraging his experience as a successful grain and cattle farmer and his deep knowledge of robotics. Andrew has spent a life time in agriculture; he has trained as an agronomist, and has spent the last 19 years farming near Emerald, Central Queensland. He is also a mentor for the Westpac Business of Tomorrow Program. Come see Andrew’s SwarmBot in action.

TECHSPO 2019 NOW INVITING EXHIBITOR APPLICATIONS

Do you have an innovative product or service set to revolutionise the future of farming? We’d love to hear from you. Southern Dirt’s TECHSPO is shaping up to be this year’s must-see event on the Western Australian Agricultural calendar, with an impressive array of speakers and demonstrations confirmed. We’re looking for exhibitors who support our vision of showcasing the future of farming and the creation of prosperous, sustainable agricultural communities which is of upmost priority for this region. 

SEE THE SWARMBOT IN ACTION AT TECHSPO 2019

The SwarmBot robot, created by future-focused Agtech company SwarmFarm Robotics, will be a must-see at this years’ conference.

The SwarmBot’s initial applications include spraying, spreading and mowing, and TECHSPO delegates will have an exclusive chance to see the SwarmBot in action.

Don’t miss out on this fantastic opportunity to learn more about the power of robotics and how it’s shaping the future of farming.

TECHSPO UNPACKS COMMERCIAL OPPORTUNITIES IN TRANSFORMATIONAL FARMING PRACTICES

 From modular farming practices, the role of biomass and farm waste in new and emerging industries, and opportunities to enhance soil ecology, explore and unpack purposeful actions that can yield greater farm productivity in TECHSPO’s third breakout session, Transformational Farming.

LIVESTOCK HEALTH AND WELLNESS ADVANCEMENTS THE KEY TO SUSTAINABLE, PROFITABLE FARMING IN THE FUTURE

For sheep and cattle farmers, health and wellness of their livestock is paramount. From the use of antibiotics to biosensor technologies, remote behavioural monitoring and complex systems data analysis, speakers at TECHSPO’s Livestock Health & Wellness breakout session will share their knowledge on a broad spectrum of topics relating to animal welfare.

TECHSPO TACKLES ON FARM PROCESSING AIMED TO HELP FARMERS REGAIN POWER IN THE MARKET

Farmers wear a number of hats on any given day, and the role of “processor” is one that’s slowly proving to be an attractive one as consumers demand greater product provenance and farmers ask for greater supply chain control.

What are the challenges from the consumer, farmer, regulator and tech perspective?