Thumbs up for AgTeCH17: more than 200 farmers & innovators set to meet in Emerald next week

Much of the hype about agricultural innovation will be stripped away next Wednesday 8 November at AgTeCH17, a farmer-focused agricultural technology forum in Emerald. The event is being facilitated by the Central Highlands Development Corporation (CHDC) in partnership with Queensland’s Department of Agriculture and Fisheries. National grain farmers’ representative body, GrainGrowers, is a major sponsor.

The event, which is already sold out, will see 240 farmers and innovators from across the grains, cotton and livestock industries come together to hear, discuss and trial the latest in agricultural technology. 

The original concept was developed by Liz Alexander, CHDC, Andrew Bate, SwarmFarm Robotics, John Alexander, Darling Downs grower and Susan McDonnell, southern Queensland grower. The focus is on a technology event that allows farmers to gain a degree of confidence around new technologies and trial and test them out in the field.

“We are excited to be able to deliver the inaugural AgteCH17 to showcase the Central Highlands as a technology service hub supporting agriculture, mining, civil construction and engineering,” said Mrs Sandra Hobbs, General Manager of Central Highlands Development Corporation.

“People attending the event will be able to gather information and experience early stage and developing commercial applications and demonstrations of robotic technology, drones, automated irrigation applications, precision agriculture, earthmoving equipment and technology as well as big data and sensor applications,” she said.

“We wanted to provide an opportunity for farmers to weigh up the latest technology according to its ability to meet their individual objectives for increased farm productivity and efficiency and therefore profitability,” said Susan McDonnell, who is also Northern Regional Coordinator at GrainGrowers.

“Our four-part agenda is quite unique as it offers developers and early adopters the opportunity to network and learn from each other across shared areas of interest,” she said.

“GrainGrowers Commercial Manager Nick Bryant will also be on hand to discuss with growers the full range of products developed for the grains industry, including SprayWise, Cotton Map, ProductionWise and GrainVantage.”

The day will feature an interactive question and answer session in the morning with a panel of speakers including Aaron Marsh of Komatsu Australia which has released the world’s first intelligent machine control (iMC) excavator and Bridie Ohlsson of AgriDigital piloting a block chain trial with CBH in the grains industry.

Respected former Executive Producer and Landline Reporter, Peter Lewis, will MC the event which will enable farmers to discuss with the innovators the applications of automation (robotics and drones) and data enabled and precision agriculture.

This will be followed in the afternoon by in-field demonstrations of technology used in cropping, earthmoving and horticulture.

The full program and details of speakers are available by visiting the website: https://www.ivvy.com.au/event/1711AF/

AgTeCH17 will kick off at 8.30 am at the Calvary Christian Church, 9 -11 Gladstone Street, Emerald, and will include farm visits by bus in the afternoon for technology demonstrations, concluding at 5.30 pm with drinks and dinner at the Emerald Irish Village.

For more information, please contact Susan McDonnell on 0407 170 315.

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