DAY ONE - WAGIN RECREATION CENTRE

7:00am | Registration, Breakfast, Exhibition

PLENARY ONE

8:30am | Welcome
8.55am | Keynote Speaker, David Lamb: Digital Agriculture- Boom, bubbles or BS? How is it shaping up so far?

PROFESSOR DAVID LAMB

McClymont Distinguished Professor (Research) of the University of New England Chief Scientist, Food Agility CRC Ltd.

DIGITAL AGRICULTURE – BOOM, BUBBLES OR BS? HOW IS IT SHAPING UP SO FAR?

Presentation Synopsis

There is an emerging school of thought that Agriculture is now in its 5th revolution. Following the adoption of modern agriculture (pre-1900), we had post WW1 war mechanization (1920s), the green revolution of the 60s-70s and now, of course the digital revolution. But are we now in the ‘talking revolution’? There is a wave of digital and technology-enabled solutions coming our way. But as a local farmer said to me late last year, ‘don’t give me solutions, solve my problem!!’. And how will we do that? Google ‘agtech trends in agriculture’ and you’ll see waffle around the ‘3 trends’, no ‘4 trends’, woops ‘6 trends’, hang on- its ‘11 trends’. No wonder confusion reigns. 

Irrespective of which trends will do what, a blog posted from CSIRO colleagues early last year nailed it beautifully. “A key challenge is to find simplicity on the far side of complexity”. Note the emphasis on ‘far side’, which I think is important. We have lots of valuable lessons to learn from what these new technologies offer us. So what’s the rush? Why so many start-ups rushing out of the gate with a clever idea offering solutions? And to what purpose? To better meet the needs of producers, or to on-sell their business to a larger business? Who wins?  

Ending up at a simple solution may be better served from hard lessons learned amongst the weeds of detail and complexity and this will take time. Perhaps the 6th revolution will be to smell the R&D roses and take our time. 

This presentation will revisit some of the game changer technologies sprouted during the past couple of years and look at where we are today: remote sensing, robotics, blockchain, animal sensing and virtual fencing, smart imaging to name a few. 

Biography

David is a physicist who has worked in precision agriculture for more than 25 years and led more than 40 industry-funded R&D projects. David established the University of New England’s Precision Agriculture Research Group, and the internationally renowned SMART Farm project. He recently completed  national reviews of telecommunications challenges and opportunities for Australian agriculture as well as for the livestock feedlot sector. He is a member of the National Positioning Infrastructure Advisory Board and is an advisor on a number of agricultural sector-specific technical innovation groups and communities of interest. David currently serves as the UNE-hosted, Chief Scientist in Food Agility, a $150M+, 10 year Cooperative Research Centre focussed on transforming the agrifood sector using the power of digital. David is also the Australian representative for the International Society for Precision Agriculture. In 2016 he received the McClymont Distinguished Professorship (Research) at UNE in recognition of his ongoing service to agriculture innovation and research leadership.

9:30am | Keynote Speaker, Tim Gentle: Virtual saleyards and other implications for augemented reality in farming

TIM GENTLE

Think Digital

VIRTUAL SALE YARDS AND OTHER IMPLICATIONS FOR AUGMENTED REALITY IN 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. Tim will be bringing the realm of Augmented Reality and Virtual Reality to life for TECHSPO delegates in this keynote presentation, discussing practical ways in which this technology can be utilised on farms to assist with asset management, providing greater industry visibility, facilitating staff training and inductions and more. Tim will also be showcasing a whole new way of selling livestock via a virtual auction environment; a glimpse into the future of livestock sales in an increasingly globalised market. 

Specialising in “Immersive Technologies in Agriculture”, Tim is uniquely placed to unpack the practical application of augmented reality and virtual reality on farms, and the role that these technologies can play in the future of agriculture. 

 

Biography:

Founder and Director of Think Digital, self proclaimed Digital Crusader, Educator & Entrepreneur, Tim is an advocate for regional, rural and remote Australia.

Tim’s speciality is “Immersive Technologies in Agriculture”. He has created #FarmVR and #FarmAR – Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality farming experiences to help educate people where their food comes from and to inspire them to consider agriculture as a career pathway. Tim will be unpacking the practical application of augmented reality and virtual reality on farms, and the role that these technologies can play in the future of agriculture.

10:00am | Morning Tea & Exhibition

PLENARY TWO

11:10am | Keynote Speaker, David Beatty: Ag Tech - Why Bother? General Livestock Technologies and MLA's Investment Strategy

DR DAVID BEATTY

Program Manager – Value Chain Research, Development and Adoption, Meat & Livestock Australia

AGTECH – WHY BOTHER? LIVESTOCK TECHNOLOGIES IN GENERAL INCLUDING WHAT MLA IS INVESTING IN AND WHY

The area of Agriculture Technology and Innovation has rapidly expanded as more reliable on-farm connectivity solutions have been developed. For producers this has created exciting opportunities to improve efficiencies and increase profitability on farm. With this  rapid expansion and sheer volume of Ag Tech providers that have appeared in the market, comes challenges and uncertainties for those interested in investing in on farm technologies.   

This presentation will explore Ag Tech solutions relevant to red meat producers across the supply chain and how they are linked to consumer expectations. It will focus on what solutions may be required that are fit for purpose and importantly how benefit versus cost must be part of any decisions to implement Ag Tech on farm.

Biography:

David is a veterinarian with a PhD and background in agriculture research. In 2009, David joined Meat and Livestock Australia as the Live Export R&D Manager. Between 2012 and 2017 he was based in the Middle East firstly as the MLA Livestock Services Manager and then as the MLA International Business Manager for the MENA region.  

Now based in Western Australia, David is the Program Manager for value chain research, development and adoption. This role focuses on identifying opportunities and issues across the value chain for WA stakeholders and ensuring WA producers have access to MLA programs and initiatives. David is also responsible for the MLA on farm R&D team.  

This presentation will explore Ag Tech solutions relevant to red meat producers across the supply chain and how they are linked to consumer expectations. It will focus on what solutions may be required that are fit for purpose, and importantly how benefit versus cost must be part of any decisions to implement AgTech on farm.

11:45am | Keynote Speaker, Andrew Bate: Small Machines. Big Technology - the impact of Robotics in Agriculture and what's coming next

ANDREW BATE

SwarmFarm Robotics

SMALL MACHINES, BIG TECHNOLOGY: THE IMPACT OF ROBOTICS IN AGRICULTURE AND WHAT’S NEXT

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 on the Westpac Business of Tomorrow Program.

Andrew will be discussing the role of robotics in agriculture and how this drives efficiency for farmers.

Biography:

As co-founder and CEO of SwarmFarm Robotics, Andrew Bate is the chief visionary, leveraging his experience as a successful grain and cattle farmer and his deep knowledge of robotics to drive the successful development of the SwarmBot. 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. 

12:15pm | Question Time Panel with David Lamb, Tim Gentle, David Beatty and Andrew Bate
12:35am | Lunch & Exhibition

PLENARY THREE

1:50pm | AgTech Pitch Fest
An exciting pitch involving the brightest up and coming entrepreneurs in Australian AgTech today.

2.05pm | Breakout 1: Future Crops and Systems

Fran Lopez-Ruiz | Small machines, big impact!
Join fungicide resistance researchers from the Centre for Crop and Disease Management as they unveil their latest mobile technology aimed at bringing research out of the lab and into the paddock. Discover how the CCDM has been working to create a new small, yet powerful tool, aimed at improving the detection and understanding of fungicide resistance in WA crops.

Lars Kamphuis | How a wild history is helping to shape a profitable future
Join Centre for Crop and Disease Management’s Lars Kamphuis as he shares latest information on important wild chickpeas research and what this means for the future of chickpea production in WA. Learn how building genetic diversity could open up opportunities for developing new, resilient varieties and the impact this work will have on potential expansion of this valuable crop in Western Australia now and into the future.

Ann Maree O'Callaghan | Superfood Global Trends – Local Opportunities and Challenges for Growers to Innovate with New Systems
Industrial hemp, flax, and bushfoods such as Gubinge (Kakadu Plum) are examples of alternative crops attracting attention due to the global trend in “superfoods”.  The functional food from processed hemp, flax and Gubinge are all labelled as “superfoods”. These nutrient packed foods are rising sharply in popularity and consumer awareness.

While there are opportunities and challenges throughout the supply chain to capture value, our research and prefeasibility work focused on these super food crops has identified eight key focus areas that are critical for success. They include knowledge of the plant and its agronomy; cultivar development; processing technologies and systems; a whole supply chain focus; development of end products and markets; working together in partnership and collaborating; and attracting finance.

Question Time | Panel

2.05pm | Breakout 2: Livestock Value Add and Processing

Michele Lally | The opportunity for micro abattoirs in the livestock industry
Michele Lally is a Paddock to Plate expert in the food industry after driving the conversion of her family farm from an unviable conventional mixed farm of 1500 acres to an award winning, ecologically, socially and financially viable, regenerative farming model which delivers over 70 products  4 grass fed species to 15 locations weekly.

She 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.

Chris Balazs | On farm livestock processing: The holy grail of Paddock to Plate
Journey of creating Australia’s first on farm processing unit including challenges from consumer, farmer, regulator and tech perspective.  

Patrick Page | Legalities around micro abattoirs and other service kill options
On farm killing of livestock is the oldest value add agriculture activity in the World. Commercial interest in being able to do it right and cost effective has been debated for the past 30 years. In 2017, when a mobile abattoir concept won first place in an Australian Ag Tech startup competition, predictions of pending disruptions to the traditional red meat processing chain quickly followed. There have been rumours in the industry that it would take one or more years, just to work through the red tape. Is this really the case?

Question Time | Panel

2.05pm | Breakout 3: Transformational Farming

James Pateras | Farming in the future... today!
The exclusive Modular Farm System is a complete indoor vertical farming system capable of producing fresh, healthy plants, 24 hours a day, virtually anywhere in the world, in any climate. Modular Farm units have a close-loop hydroponic system and are fully sealed for complete climate control, reducing water usage by up to 90 per cent. “Reducing food waste, increasing food security, and eliminating supply chain logistics to cut food miles are what we aim to do with Modular Farms technology.” 

 

Kim Brooksbank | Biomass and other on farm waste potential
We used to talk about trees on farms in terms of their landcare benefits and with mallees, the chance to one day create a eucalyptus oil industry, but over the last few years we have seen developments around the world that have changed the game. There are now commercial scale operations that are creating products from all types of biomass that were once only produced from mineral oil. For example, there are now a few companies interntionally making the raw materials for PET plastic from cereal straw. We now have a company making high quality Eucalyptus oil from mallees in WA selling into the international market, and that market is 100 times bigger than what they are able to supply at the moment, so there are real opportunities for expansion to feed that market. There are companies in Europe and America making renewable diesel from wood waste. This isn’t biodiesel that needs to be blended to work in an engine, but a product that is exactly the same as mineral diesel and can be used at 100% in any diesel engine. A tonne of mallee wood can be turned into 400 litres of diesel. And we now have the technology to desalinate water using biomass that could allow farmers to make their own clean water from their own salt water and their own trees. There are many more innovations on the horizon, but these examples are ready to roll right now. The future that has been promised for so long where we have multiple uses for the trees grown on farms is finally here.
Tom Frost | ‘Beyond NPK’ – Re-mineralisation and soil biology
Tom Frost from Grow Safe® will be discussing some of the opportunities and challenges we face in farming today. Tom will also discuss current decision-making processes and how re-mineralisation and soil biology can make a big difference to the bottom line.

Question Time | Panel
3.15pm | Afternoon Tea, Exhibition, Demonstration

3.30pm | Breakout 4: Digital Ag - IoT and World of Sensors

Andrew Slade | Digitisation of Agriculture: Farming in the Digital Age
The advancements in the Ag tech sector are outstripping farmers’ ability implement them effectively, and there needs to be more thought around how these can be integrated into existing farming systems. Farmers are being inundated with new ag tech and management software but the lack of integration between these systems is limiting our ability to put them to good use. Australian producers are constantly in a race to the bottom with regards to cost of production and digital ag tech not only has the ability to reduce costs but the data captured has the potential to provide more substantial and sustainable financial gains going forward. In order to improve profitability and remain competitive on a global level we need to not only look at the productivity gains that ag tech can provide but also how the data captured can be leveraged to provide a greater return for our commodities.
How can innovative technology solutions help farmers produce more in an environmentally, economically and socially viable way?
Question addressed by:

Kieran Coupe from Wildeye

Mike Kirke from Rural Data Management Services

Michael Atkins from Farmbot

Kenny Sabir from AgriWebb

Question Time | Panel

3.30pm | Breakout 5: Health and Wellness - Value add in livestock

Dr Mark Ferguson | The Augmented Shepherd
Mark will lead us through his vision of a future sheep industry where management is augmented by cameras enabled with machine learning and sensors on everything – including the sheep. He will provide an insight into the research projects that have been completed to date and that are underway to make this future a reality.
Luke Wheat | Protein for Livestock
Global demand for agricultural goods continue to rise as the world population closes in on 9 billion people. But can this demand be met while simultaneously addressing the social and environmental impact of feed and feed production, and the growing consumer demands for sustainably sourced goods? We believe insect farming may contain some of the answers.
Lachlan Campbell | Same movie, different stars
During the last generation, two major challenges faced Agriculture, being herbicide and insecticide resistance. Day to day management practices on farm, have resulted in plants and insects with the ability to mutate and develop mechanisms to adapt and thrive. The good news, this adaption will likely not kill us! But, can the same be said about our dependence on antibiotic use in the animal industry? Management practices promote the broad scale application of antibiotics as growth promoting compounds in intensive animal production. Studies have shown, that the repeated sub lethal dosing of antibiotics in animal production has a direct impact on antimicrobial resistance, AKA super bugs. The World Health Organisation says this is a “major global threat to human health”, and the bad news, this adaption could kill us!
David Miller | Let's take the stress out of Animal Welfare Monitoring
David will be talking about how animal welfare indicators need to be practical, cost effective, reliable and replicable if they are to be used to accurately reflect the true welfare state of the animal. The integration of different processes (behaviour, health and production) is recognised as vital for the development of new welfare indicators. Although welfare assessment is commonly perceived as ‘looking for negatives’, we also need to be able to identify positive affective states. Recent developments in biosensor technologies, remote behavioural monitoring and complex systems data analysis will be explored.

Question Time | Panel

3.30pm | Breakout 6: Machines, Drones and More

Jacquie Gabb | Creating farms of the future – Removing the human factor
Is it as scary as it sounds? NTT DATA will share the latest insights on innovative technologies and how they are changing the agriculture landscape, improving safety of our farmers and increasing yields by removing the human factor. Drones, autonomous machinery, artificial intelligence and automation; the future of agriculture.  
Andrew Guzzomi | Mechanical Weed Chipper
Dr Andrew Guzzomi from the University of WA was the chief engineer for a new mechanical weeding machine which may help change the face of fallow weed control across Australia’s broadacre grains industry. 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.
Cameron Leeson | Robotics
Cameron Leeson is founder of Australian company thingc Robotics, who are at the forefront of agricultural robotics, developing an on-demand workforce of robots with a myriad of applications. Their on-demand workforce is made up of fully autonomous, Artificial Intelligence-powered robots that are flexible enough to accommodate a range of tools/accessories, allowing them to perform a range of farming functions throughout the season.
Glenn McTaggart & Jonathon Smith | The latest in UAV technology with aerial applications
“Aeroshield” – a partnership between Landmark and Stratus Imaging to deliver a cost effective and efficient solution for aerial applications.   We will be showcasing the latest in UAV technology that has been designed specifically for the Agricultural sector.   Combining high resolution imagery with 1cm accuracy and being able to turn this into a precise and target spray or pellet application from UAV.

Question Time | Panel
4:30pm | All delegates return to Plenary

PLENARY FOUR

4:35pm | Keynote Speaker, Wes Lefroy: Time to get strategic about AgTech Adoption

WES LEFROY

Agricultural Analyst, RaboResearch Food and Agribusiness

TIME TO GET STRATEGIC ABOUT AGTECH ADOPTION

Wes’ passion for agriculture stems from his experience growing up on a mixed cropping farm near Moora in Western Australia. Now working as an agricultural analyst in Rabobank’s food and agribusiness research team, his 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.

Wes will unpack the way in which these ‘push’ and ‘pull’ factors, together with technology as an enabler, will substantially alter farming practices. His presentation will address the impacts which go beyond the farm operations, to governance and functionality, and ultimately how both risk and value are distributed along value-chains.

Biography:

Wes’ role is cross-sectoral, primarily focussed on ag land and AgTech, in addition to fertiliser and grains & oilseeds. Last year saw the publication of Rabobank’s inaugural ag land report, “No Summit in Sight: Ag land prices to climb higher” which he authored. Other recent publications by Wes include “Do  sensors make cents”, “Blockchain: Changing interaction in the F&A supply chain” and “Australian 2018/19 winter crop production outlook: Running on empty”. He also hosts a monthly podcast, called “Tech Talk”. 

5:00pm | Close of Formal Proceedings, Commence Sundowner & Entertainment

DAY TWO - KATANNING RESEARCH FACILITY

7:00am | Registration, Breakfast

PLENARY ONE

8:00am | Welcome, Making the most of Day Two
8.15am | Kelly Pearce & Jane Trindall: Dust and bytes - our data-driven farms of the future
Speaker 1- Kelly Pearce

Farm data is the ‘new gold’ and Kelly will discuss what you as a producer can do to begin capturing value and facilitate real-time business decisions with your data. As a researcher and farmer, Kelly has observed a huge shift in the advancement of data processing, integration, storage, and real-time analytics as well as machine learning and artificial intelligence development but is seeing minimal utilisation of these technologies within the agriculture industry. Kelly is driven to ensure that WA family farming businesses can tap into these advancements which are needed to push productivity and efficiency gains on our farms to new levels.

Kelly will also share her findings into a recent study on data integration and real-time business intelligence systems which has involved meeting with numerous local and international agricultural data organisations and AgTech providers. As an outcome of this study, Kelly and a (growing) group of other WA producers have established a new grower group called the Digital Ag Collective (DAC). The DAC is focused on finding innovative ways of organising and integrating farm data and derive from it valuable business intelligence and analytics. Kelly will discuss how the group are strongly driven to use their collective knowledge base, experience and networks in partnership with technology providers to develop and support data integration and business intelligence services ‘by farmers for farmers’.

Speaker 2- Jane Trindall

The Australian RDC’s have been working together to support digital innovation in the Australian agricultural sector. Digital innovation in agriculture could lift the GVP of the Australian agricultural sector by $20.3 billion, a 25 percent increase on 2014-15 levels according to a recent project: Accelerating precision agriculture to decision agriculture (P2D). P2D was funded through the Australian government’s Rural R&D for Profit program and historically this was the first time all of Australia’s Rural Research & Development Corporations (RDC’s) joined forces on a sector wide initiative.

The project made thirteen recommendations for the sector to invest in for Australian producers to achieve the productivity gains possible from digital technology. RDC’s are getting on with the job of implementing these recommendations and have invested in key projects initially focusing on digital strategy, digital literacy and data governance. Jane will give an overview of the findings to date covering lessons learnt, best practice advice and what to look out for in the future.

For a farming enterprise to benefit from digital innovations there are many elements to think about including – strategy & culture, technology & connectivity, governance, data & analytics and skills & training. Recently Jane and collaborators updated a Chapter: Adopting Digital Agriculture for the Australian Cotton Production Manual and using this perspective Jane’s talk will provide some useful tips and traps for farmers and the service sector adopting or preparing to adopt digital technologies.

8.50am | Simon Cook: Future farming – Understanding On Farm Experimentation
On farm experimentation aims to unlock the value of collected data by placing it in the hands of producers through on farm experimentation. Growers have always trialled altering input rates or frequencies for specific plots, but have lacked the means to precisely analyse the data that comes from these trials. The project will build systems to help connect growers and their data, so that they may interpret results with confidence and use these to make better informed management decisions.

9:35am |Kari-Lee Falconer & Hamish Munro: Is connectivity on my farm different to my neighbours?
On-farm connectivity has long been a barrier to digitisation in agriculture in Australia – but it is increasingly becoming less so. Often leaving farmers feeling “Am I the only one with this problem?”, the key is equipping yourself with the knowledge to discern the best method of connectivity for your business and ascertaining the various technology options that are available to you.

Understanding the business case and how to choose, implement and effectively use connectivity solutions will be critical to all Australian farms in the future, and each situation will present a range of considerations for various network options. Join Kari-Lee and Hamish as they outline the costs and benefits of the various options for farm connectivity, from satellite, fibre to the node, mobile, 5g and more.

The issue of ‘decision paralysis’ may mean you miss the opportunity to have an input into your network of choice. Early adoption is possible as an individual or as a group. This ‘Think Tank Group/network’ approach to early adoption has some benefits, namely in that it allows you to de-risk and potentially allows for easier exploration of suitable options for your area for years to come.

9:55am |Brad Plunkett: Pain points - matching business drivers with agtech options
Traditionally, connectivity has been a key stumbling block for farmers wanting to digitise their properties. In this pragmatic and informative session, Brad explores how farmers can break down the barriers that are delaying digital adoption in Australia. He will detail the key questions that farmers need to ask when deciding which methods of connectivity are most suited to their business.
10:00am |Belinda Lay: Iot and ewe - a farmers perspective
Farmers are now using the Internet of Things (IoT) to work remotely from a laptop, tablet or smartphone. It’s helping to create more sustainable farming methods, control farming strategy, and even give some time back to the farmers, or is it? Belinda Lay will give an insight into her experiences with technology – the good, the bad and the ugly.

10:15am | Question Time Panel with the morning speakers
10:35am | Morning Tea
Conference attendees are invited to enjoy complimentary morning tea and refreshments.

PLENARY TWO

11.05am | To farm, on farm and other AgTech: Part A

NTT DATA | Jacquie Gabb: Improving efficiency for the “human”
Critical to our Agriculture industries prosperity in the coming decades is technological innovation – cloud analytics, AI, drones, big data and autonomous vehicles. But is the future of farming already here? And how can some of these technologies be successfully implemented within the existing infrastructure of your farm?

There is no doubt that technology is already improving the way we produce, from the basic finance management applications through to farm management technologies, including monitoring livestock movements, trading, reporting, forward planning and feeding programs. New technologies allow producers to track their livestock and improve the lifetime traceability. As Australian agriculture properties cover vast acres of land, the basic checks, stock monitoring, and everyday upkeep of these properties are both time consuming and costly. But as the industry transforms, new technologies are allowing farmers to access their data, control field machinery and monitor the health and wellbeing of their livestock from the palm of their hand.

Telstra | How to get your farm connected to the internet. Satellite, fibre to the node, mobile, 5g and more
Telstra is committed to improving telecommunications across rural and regional Australia. Like any mobile network, coverage on the Telstra Mobile Network depends on where you are, the mobile handset, tablet or mobile broadband device you are using. It is important to understand connection to the Telstra Mobile Network can be different for everyone. We will explore how our mobile network works and what technology/service is available to ensure you have the best experience possible.

Pivotel | Nick Hart: Solving the data drought connected 4g solutions - Gathering & using on-farm data
ecoSphere® by Pivotel is Australia’s first custom-built network delivering effective wide area wireless coverage for rural and remote Australia. With 4G connectivity, ecoSphere® provides secure voice and data for off farm broadband data connections or on farm data connectivity for mobile services, M2M, tracking and monitoring to Australia’s most remote areas. ecoSphere® by Pivotel means farmers can now monitor and control their farms, remote assets and personnel from all parts of the property, maximising operational efficiency and safety, while saving time and money. ecoSphere® delivers the industrial internet to Australia’s farmers that have previously been ignored by other mobile carriers.

Goanna Ag | David Ward: What if your farm could talk to you and you could understand exactly what it was saying?
With Goanna Ag, you can connect to your farm like never before. Using low cost sensors and connectivity, we work with farmers to optimise water management across the farm and significantly improve on-farm efficiencies. Goanna Ag has made a significant investment over the past 12 months that will fundamentally change the way you use weather, rainfall, paddock and overall farm specific information.

Based in Goondiwindi, Goanna Ag have been providing remote monitoring solutions for over 17 years; deploying thousands of devices including weather stations, moisture probes and water and fuel infrastructure. They also own the most comprehensive private weather station network across NSW and Queensland and are currently expanding into WA and VIC with 17 new weather Stations across the wheat belt of WA.

Axis Tech | Wes Lawrence: Transformative farming connectivity
AxisTech develops devices to fill a gap in the market between high-end integrated networks and singular wired sensors. They provide solutions to the agricultural sector whereby devices are used to power and control a variety of environmental sensors to generate data, which is in turn packaged and compressed for delivery via Low Power Wide Area Network to back end cloud servers. This data can be read by their customers’ analysis software programs or can be managed within their own alerting and dashboarding software.

Sound complicated? It doesn’t have to be! Wes Lawrence from AxisTech will be unpacking some of the alternate solutions to connectivity and detail how this may work for your property. The solutions that Wes will be outlining are geared towards helping farmers make better informed decisions, improve efficiencies and productivity, create cost savings and maximise profitability.

SimplyFarm | Chris Hollier: Improving farm productivity through remote monitoring using LoRaWAN
LoRaWAN is a low cost, long range, low power communications system.  It allows farmers to establish their own networks to connect to remote sensors in blackspot areas not serviced by any other networks.  The talk will discuss what LoRaWAN is, its advantages and disadvantages, and the types of sensors that it can be used with.

Myinsight.Io By Powertec Telecommunications/Regional Communication Solutions | Geoff Carroll: Adopting smart farming solutions
The way forward for farmers is to adopt smart farming solutions that not only help to improve efficiency, reduce processing costs and improve yield but also address other challenges generated by agriculture. Agricultural IoT solutions help to monitor everything from one mobile point – on or off your farm.

myInsight.io is an IoT-based, feature-rich, open-source platform that can be used across multiple devices. Built to monitor the crop field with the help of sensors (light, humidity, temperature, soil moisture, etc.), from anywhere, anytime, the application helps farmers to enhance productivity, reduce waste, grow food cleanly and meet the ever-increasing demand for food.

Origo | Annie Brox: Farm connectivity is the foundation
Utilising the available internet options in rural areas is an important piece of a complete solution. Options for internet connectivity vary greatly, and companies such as Origo.farm can combine available services into the best possible and reliable solution.

It is imperative that farmers ensure their internet connectivity is central to both farm infrastructure and farm employees, and that they have access to the information and tools necessary to run their farm efficiently. The optimal solution is an autonomous network that stretches out beyond the inside of the house to the areas where farmers need it: Sheds, Yards, Workshops, Feed-lots and even to the Paddocks if required. Join Annie Brox as she discusses how to maximise your available options.

11.45am | Question and Answer Panel with Part A Speakers

12.00pm | To farm, on farm and other AgTech: Part B

WoolQ | Will Wilson: An exciting new resource for the Australian wool industry
WoolQ is an online platform that delivers woolgrowers with a number of tools to allow them to make more informed decisions regarding the preparation and sale of their wool as well as providing the industry with a level of traceability now in demand from international retailers. The WoolQ platform will also include an on-line market, as an alternative to the existing open-cry auction.
Agworld | Rachel Asquith: Building a stronger, future-ready farm business
The rapid pace of innovation in the AgTech space is often confusing and overwhelming. How do I know what’s right for my property? Rachel will be discussing how to make sense of all the clutter in the AgTech market, and how a customer-focused approach from suppliers is the only way to ensure the product fits the purpose.

Rachel will also be delving into Agworld’s platform which allows users to collect data at every level of their operation. It enables this data to be easily shared with anyone that requires access, such as farm hands, agronomists, accountants and land owners. Their platform allows for better communication between all stakeholders, inherently leading to a more efficiently run business.

Agriwebb | Kenny Sabir: Improve transparency and efficiency to deliver the digital future of livestock farming
Many Australian farmers are adopting digital record keeping tools, however the next step is to make the best use of the data to improve efficiency and to understand the limits of the land to safeguard it for future generations. Traceability of land and animal management enables trust and market opportunities while farmers can benefit from accurate advice from trusted advisors who have access to historical information. Incorporating veterinarians’ expertise to create a digital Operational Planner enables best practice management while understanding the Feed On Offer (FOO) is fundamental for farmers to balance productivity versus over-grazing. As digital products become increasingly important for farming operations, the ability to integrate and compliment other technologies which specialise in other management areas, enable more powerful tools and a simpler experience for the farmer.
Hummingbird Technologies | Zack Hartshorne: Remote sensing and the benefits of AI in farming
Through remote sensing and machine learning techniques, Hummingbird creates detailed insights that are crop specific, and application maps that provide actionable information to farmers and agronomists that enables targeted applications within 24 hours.
thingc Robotics| Cameron Leeson: AI in farming
Australian company thingc Robotics are at the forefront of agricultural robotics, developing an on-demand workforce of robots with a myriad of applications.

Their workforce is made up of fully autonomous, Artificial Intelligence-powered robots that are flexible enough to accommodate a range of tools/accessories, allowing them to perform a range of farming functions throughout the season.

Farmbot | Michael Atkins: Know your water
Farmbot is an emerging IoT sensor and data analytics service provider that delivers vital sensors and control solutions to Australian rural industries. It assists farmers to better manage valuable resources like water and machinery. Farmbot technology is designed and manufactured in Australia.
PCT Ag Services| Michael Wells: Know your soils profitability
With precision agriculture, farmers and soils work better, not harder. Seasonally the lands capacity to meet the capability will vary dependent on many factors. This will include starting moisture and nutrient status. Understanding the spatial land capability by crop type, and the lands seasonal capacity, will derive a more accurate yield potential and lead to a more spatially optimised outcome.

In this talk, Michael Wells from PCT will be deep-diving into the adoption and application of precision technologies to overcome issues in agricultural, horticultural and viticultural industries and how the implementation of these technologies can directly improve the efficiency and profitability of soil for farmers.

Pairtree | Hamish Munro: Syncing your farm
Pairtree is a universal dashboard, that now allows farmers and supply chain operators to centralise all of their data on to a single platform. Hamish will provide an overview of how Pairtree is attempting to cross the divide of data separation and the continual juggling of software, apps and information to run your business. A run through of the MLA Digital Forum, 2018, provides a case study of 4 different networks, 15 different solution providers, 25 different device types and 200+ different devices and solutions.
12.45pm | Question and Answer Panel with Part B Speakers

12:50pm | Lunch
TECHSPO delegates will now have the opportunity to view a number of live demonstrations and see, touch and experience the technology first hand.

FROM 1:30pm | RESEARCH ROTATIONS

Join our world class researchers in the plenary tent while they share their ground breaking research and results.

FROM 1:30pm | MACHINERY DEMONSTRATIONS

Head down to the demonstration area to see the latest AgTech machinery in action.

FROM 1:30pm | CONSULTATIONS AND CONNECTIVITY

Using our advisors and your TECHSPO handbook, plan out your AgTech needs and discuss the solutions available.

FROM 1:30pm | AGTECH TOYBOX AND OTHER COOL STUFF

See, touch, feel, play with. The AgTech toybox will show you a live variety of whats out there.
4:00pm | Close of Conference