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evokeAG. 2023 Program

evokeAG. 2023 was held at the Adelaide Convention Centre, South Australia on 21-22 February 2023. Over two days we explored how farming, tech, science and people collectively have the power to bring innovative ideas to life.

In addition to the two-day full scale global event, our Host City Partner The Government of South Australia, Platinum Partner Elders and Gold Partner The University of Adelaide are hosted a number of sideline events on Monday, 20 February 2023 and Thursday, 24 February 2023.

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Registration opens

8:00am — 9:00am

Once you have checked in at the registration kiosks, you will be able to begin exploring The Hive.

Networking, Exhibition and Startup Alley

8:00am — 5:00pm

The Exchange

Our world-famous networking exhibition and Startup Alley will run across the two-day event. Immerse yourself at any time among some of the world’s best operators and inventors in agriculture.

Welcome

9:00am — 9:27am

Afternoon Breakout

Elders Plenary

  • • Welcome evokeAG. 2023 by Master of Ceremonies (MC)
    • Welcome to Country
    • Official opening by AgriFutures Australia Chair, Cathy McGowan AO

Opening remarks

9:27am — 9:37am

Elders Plenary

Since the inception of evokeAG. in 2019, Elders has supported our mission to help drive innovation and growth in Australia’s agricultural industry.

Keynote - One in a "Maverick"

9:27am — 10:12am

Elders Plenary

We all want to innovate, but is that enough? What if the pace of innovation isn’t fast enough to save us from climate change or worse?

Fireside chat - Bringing space down to earth

10:13am — 10:33am

Elders Plenary

Space tech is transforming our world and with it, entire industries.

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Facilitator

Bryce Ives

Founder and Principal, YoBou

Morning Tea

10:33am — 11:03am

The Exchange

Keynote - FoodShot: a MoonShot for better food

11:03am — 11:19am

Elders Plenary

What happens when big money gets behind big ideas? Find out how entrepreneurs, investors and social change agents are using science and technology to answer the big questions and achieve radical change to feed a growing human population safely.

Panel discussion - Going global: who's investing in agribusiness?

11:19am — 12:00pm

Elders Plenary

Geopolitical tensions. The relationship between inflation and commodities. Emerging markets and industry diversity.

Adam Anders evokeAG 2023 speaker

Adam Anders

Co-Founder and Managing Partner, Anterra Capital

Matthew Pryor

Co-Founder & Managing Partner, Tenacious Ventures

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Facilitator

Ethy Levy

Managing Partner, Kinneret Impact Ventures

Panel discussion - Accelerating commercialisation with AgriFutures growAG.

12:00pm — 12:23pm

Elders Plenary

Finding world-leading research, technologies and commercialisation opportunities in one easy-to-use location, has always been a challenge – until growAG.com.

Professor Craig Baillie

Head of School & Dean Agriculture & Environmental Science, University of Southern Queensland

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Fern Ho

Co-Founder and Ceo, Leaf Protein Co

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Facilitator

John Harvey

Managing Director, AgriFutures Australia

Lunch

12:23pm — 1:13pm

The Exchange

Fireside chat - Cooperative Co-operative: a tale of collaboration between industry and innovation

1:13pm — 1:53pm

Elders Plenary

How can making milk without cows benefit Australian dairy farmers?

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Facilitator

Bryce Ives

Founder and Principal, YoBou

Panel discussion - Reality check: moving beyond sustainability frameworks in agriculture

1:13pm — 1:53pm

Breakout Room 1

This session will begin with a presentation by Jay Holata, CEO of Athena IR Tech as part of the Startup Showcase.

 

Australia and New Zealand’s land-based agricultural industries have set ambitious sustainability targets for the future.

Workshop - Data as a second language: understanding what your farm is saying to you

1:13pm — 1:53pm

Breakout Room 2

This session will begin with a presentation by David Carter, Co-Founder and CEO of Deep Planet as a part of the Startup Showcase.

 

Uber and Airbnb turned two conventional industries on their heads. How did they do it?

 

Andrew Cooke

Andrew Cooke

Co-Founder and Managing Director, Rezare Systems

Workshop - Empowering farmers to shape the future of environmental reporting

1:13pm — 1:53pm

Science, technology, coupled with an investment in skills and capability, need to be harnessed to empower farmers to shape the future of natural capital management and environmental reporting.

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Jen Barwick

National Climate and Nature Coordinator, Pew Charitable Trust

Dr Sue Ogilvy

Program Director at the Macdoch Foundation (Farming for the Future Project)

Transition time

1:53pm — 2:03pm

Panel discussion - Digital distraction: making on-farm data work for you

2:03pm — 2:38pm

Elders Plenary

This session will begin with a presentation from evokeAG. Future Young Leader Matthew Anderson. 

 

Data can provide insights on everything from optimal irrigation and equipment maintenance to soil fertility, but with a plethora of apps and software solutions, how do producers move from digital distraction to meaningful decision-making?

 

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Brad Egan

2022 Young Farmer of the Year and Award for Excellence in Innovation

Hans Loder

Nuffield Scholar and Vineyard Manager at Penley Estate

Fiona Turner

Co-Founder and CEO, Bitwise Agronomy, and Producer, Jinglers Creek Vineyard

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Panel discussion - What will it take to satisfy the growing global appetite for protein?

2:03pm — 2:38pm

Breakout Room 1

With an expected two billion extra people to feed by 2050, coupled with changing tastes and dietary preferences, there is a growing global demand for more protein, produced more sustainably and from a wider variety of sources.

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David Jochinke

AV Jochinke and Co. & Vice President, National Farmers’ Federation

Panel discussion - Startup capital: local vs global

2:03pm — 2:38pm

Breakout Room 2

Prior to 2019 there wasn’t a single local (Australian) venture capital firm focused on agritech. Today, there are multiple players.

Justin Webb, Co-Founder and CEO AgriWebb
Facilitator

Justin Webb

Co-Founder and Executive Chairman, AgriWebb

Workshop - The importance of measurement in sustainability

2:03pm — 2:38pm

CommBank will join a panel of industry experts and producers to discuss the theme of measurement under the thematic of sustainability in agriculture. Solutions to get to carbon neutral, the important role of measurement and how CommBank supports farmers in these endeavours.

Carmel Onions CBA

Carmel Onions

National Director Agribusiness, Commonwealth Bank

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Facilitator

Natasha Greenwood

General Manager, Agribusiness, Commonwealth Bank Australia

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Transition time

2:38pm — 2:48pm

Panel discussion - Opportunities in agriculture: the perspective of Indigenous people

2:48pm — 3:28pm

Elders Plenary

Indigenous peoples are the original stewards of the land and with that, the very first agriculturalists.

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Jacob Birch

Researcher and Academic, Southern Cross University

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Guy Royal

Director, Tuia Group, and Managing Partner, Māui Toa VC

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Suzanne Thompson

MD, Yambangku Aboriginal Cultural Heritage and Tourism Development Aboriginal Corporation

Jack Jacobs, Charles Sturt University
Facilitator

Jack Jacobs

Yindyamarra Research Fellow, Charles Sturt University

Panel discussion - Eyes wide open: who gets the money and who gets the (carbon) credit?

2:48pm — 3:28pm

Breakout Room 1

This session will begin with a presentation from evokeAG. Future Young Leader Keeley Lester.

 

Governments, industries and companies the world over are stepping up their climate commitments, but can carbon credit markets help us meet net-zero targets or do they simply allow emitters to continue to release greenhouse gases?

 

Greg Butler

Managing Director, Clean Carbon Pty Ltd and Research & Development Manager, SANTFA

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Facilitator

Oli Madgett

Co-Owner, The Madgetts Block, MD, Perennial Australia & Co-Organiser Agritech Meetup SA

Panel discussion - Hello robot: autonomous agriculture

2:48pm — 3:28pm

Breakout Room 2

This session will begin with a presentation by Hunter Jay, Co-Founder and CEO of Ripe Robotics as part of the Startup Showcase.

 

Self-driving tractors, seed planting robots and agricultural drones are all putting new technology and better outcomes in the hands of our producers.

 

Professor Craig Baillie

Head of School & Dean Agriculture & Environmental Science, University of Southern Queensland

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Ben Kelly

Production Systems Manager – Production and Precision Ag, John Deere

Robert Hardie

Executive Manager - Health and Agriculture at nbn™ Australia

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Facilitator

Jackie Poyser

CEO and Managing Director, Three60 Consulting

Fireside Chat - The secret sauce: from agritech startup to commercialisation

2:48pm — 3:28pm

With Syngenta as a provider of plant health solutions and Pairtree Intelligence as a data integrator, together their aligned partnership is adding value to farmers.

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Brett Hofman

Head of Business Development, Syngenta Australia, and New Zealand

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Afternoon tea

3:28pm — 3:58pm

The Exchange

Keynote - By endurance we conquer: a Shackletonian approach to the climate crisis 

3:58pm — 4:58pm

Elders Plenary

This session will begin with presentations from evokeAG Future Young Leader Isaac Mayer, evokeAG Future Young Leader Josie Clarke and AgriFutures Researcher of the Year Adrian Spencer.

 

Environmental scientist, author, adventurer and public speaker Tim Jarvis AM shares lessons on leadership, resilience, teamwork and goal-setting learned from his polar expeditions.

 

Tim Jarvis AM

Tim Jarvis Consulting, environmental scientist, author and adventurer

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Adrian Spencer

Founder, Sampano, and AgriFutures Australia, Researcher of the Year

MC Close

4:58pm — 5:00pm

Elders Plenary

Festival of Food

5:00pm — 7:00pm

The Festival of Food is a casual networking function for delegates to see out Day 1. Enjoy a delicious array of canapes and drinks featuring locally sourced produce.

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Doors open

8:00am — 9:00am

Networking, Exhibition and Startup Alley

8:00am — 5:00pm

The Exchange

Our world famous exhibition and Startup Alley will run across the two-day event. Immerse yourself at anytime among some of the world’s best operators and inventors in agriculture.

Welcome

9:00am — 9:13am

Elders Plenary

MC welcomes delegates to Day 2.

 

This will be followed by a presentation from evokeAG Future Young Leader Malkah Lara-Muckenschnabl.

 

A welcome to South Australia from the Hon Clare Scriven MLC, Minister for Primary Industries and Regional Development and Minister for Forest Industries.

 

 

Panel discussion - The collision of the four Cs

9:13am — 10:21am

Elders Plenary

World trade continues to be impacted by the Four Cs: climate, covid, conflict and cost. But which changes are temporary, and which are permanent?

 

Jack Jacobs, Charles Sturt University

Jack Jacobs

Yindyamarra Research Fellow, Charles Sturt University

Sam Trethewey

Co-Founder and Managing Director of Tasmanian Agricultural Company

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Facilitator

Tim Hunt

Food and Agribusiness Consultant

Minister's Address

10:21am — 10:31am

Elders Plenary

An address by Senator the Hon Murray Watt, Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry, and Minister for Emergency Management.

Morning tea

10:31am — 11:01am

The Exchange

Panel discussion - Farm to arm fashion: how innovation is driving sustainability on the runway

11:01am — 11:46am

Elders Plenary

Socially conscious consumers are increasingly demanding sustainable fashion, driving companies to innovate greener forms of fibre production.

Panel Discussion - Understanding the global landscape and opportunity for biologicals (research, investment and commercialisation)

11:01am — 11:46am

Globally, research and investment into biological solutions to improve soil and plant health is accelerating exponentially.

Ben Barlow

Managing Director, New Edge Microbials

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Facilitator

Peter Wren-Hilton

Co-Founder & CEO, Wharf 42 and Co-Convenor of the 2023 Salinas Biological Summit.

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Ethy Levy

Managing Partner, Kinneret Impact Ventures

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Panel discussion - SynBio: transforming agriculture one cell at a time

11:01am — 11:46am

Breakout Room 1

From designing crops for fuel production, to creating programmable cells to fight disease, synthetic biology or SynBio is big business.

Brand ag

11:01am — 11:46am

Breakout Room 2

Clean and green is to New Zealand, what the Emerald Isle is to Ireland and what innovation is to Israel.

Shifka Seigel

Project Manager, Israel Australian Chamber of Commerce

Transition time

11:46am — 11:56am

Panel discussion - Biosecurity: how are we safeguarding our $100 billion industry target?

11:56am — 12:31pm

Elders Plenary

As an agricultural industry, we’re targeting $100 billion per annum in farm gate output by 2030.

Dr Samantha Allan Animal Health Australia

Dr Samantha Allan

GM, Emergency Preparedness, Animal Health & Biosecurity, Animal Health Australia

Panel discussion - Turning a blue industry green

11:56am — 12:31pm

Breakout Room 1

This session will begin with a presentation by Eitan Dan, MD,CropX as part of the Startup Showcase.

 

In recent years the global appetite for sustainably sourced seafood, fishery and aquaculture products has increased.

 

Eitan Dan in a field

Eitan Dan

Managing Director, CropX New Zealand

Panel discussion - The fringe benefits of on-farm tech

11:56am — 12:31pm

Breakout Room 2

The application of agritech is often positioned to improve operational efficiency, profitability and sustainability.

 

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Mark Barber

General Manager, Farmland Agency and Investments, Elders