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From reengineered soil to mustering drones: What’s on the innovation wish list for Western Australia’s complex agrifood challenges

With so much capacity, creativity, and conviction in Australia’s agritech ecosystem, our primary industries are turning to forums like AgriFutures evokeAG. to connect problems with problem solvers. Here, Western Australia’s (WA) Primary Industries Development Chief Scientist, Dr Ben Biddulph, asks WA’s broadacre, pastoral, and horticulture sectors to outline the big challenges impacting their industry – and their wish list for the next generation of agritech innovations.

Great power, great responsibility; channelling artificial intelligence for agriculture

The artificial intelligence (AI) revolution has taken the world by storm, and the Australian agrifood sector is no exception. As we witness the emergence of innovative products like ChatGPT, Claude, Midjourney, and Stable Diffusion, it's clear that the past 50 years of computer science investment have culminated in a plethora of AI-driven solutions. Andrew Skinner, Director of digital and data systems consultancy firm, More Than Machines, reflects on all things AI and why Australian agriculture is punching above its weight.

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14 May 2024

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From reengineered soil to mustering drones: What’s on the innovation wish list for Western Australia’s complex agrifood challenges

With so much capacity, creativity, and conviction in Australia’s agritech ecosystem, our primary industries are turning to forums like AgriFutures evokeAG. to connect problems with problem solvers. Here, Western Australia’s (WA) Primary Industries Development Chief Scientist, Dr Ben Biddulph, asks WA’s broadacre, pastoral, and horticulture sectors to outline the big challenges impacting their industry – and their wish list for the next generation of agritech innovations.

Great power, great responsibility; channelling artificial intelligence for agriculture

The artificial intelligence (AI) revolution has taken the world by storm, and the Australian agrifood sector is no exception. As we witness the emergence of innovative products like ChatGPT, Claude, Midjourney, and Stable Diffusion, it's clear that the past 50 years of computer science investment have culminated in a plethora of AI-driven solutions. Andrew Skinner, Director of digital and data systems consultancy firm, More Than Machines, reflects on all things AI and why Australian agriculture is punching above its weight.

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14 May 2024

Tickets on sale now for evokeAG. 2025 in Brisbane

It’s time to plan your trip to the Sunshine State, because tickets to agrifood tech and innovation event AgriFutures evokeAG. 2025 are officially on sale.
Gathering at Beef2024 in Rockhampton this week, AgriFutures Australia and partners Elders, the Queensland Government, and Brisbane Economic Development Agency have officially launched early bird tickets for AgriFutures evokeAG. 2025.

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7 May 2024

Rethinking capitalism vs discounted solar pumps: Can we agree on a pathway to a new climate economy?

As 2030 looms, our climate is in crisis, the sustainability targets set by big business seem a mile away – and food producers are being pressured to make up the shortfall. But is on-farm action enough? Or do we need to rethink the entire system that funds agriculture? Here, thought leaders in sustainability and finance unpack the path to a new climate economy, and why – in the defining race of our time – we can’t leave primary producers behind.

Recipe please: The ‘base biscuit’ for farmer and community driven innovation

Guy Coleman, 29, is the youngest of three, equipping him with the innate ability to share everything perfectly evenly. A self-confessed geek, obsessed with agriculture who grew up dreaming of getting a Clauss Lexion harvester for his birthday (spoiler: it never happened). He’s also an advocate for building on the foundations to get agtech back to the fundamentals of farmer and community driven innovation.

How to make the most of evokeAG. 2025 coming to Queensland

Recipe: take a generous serving of a thriving and open local ecosystem. Add a hefty dash of a community hungry for innovation and solutions. Mix with passionate, open-minded people. What have you got? Queensland – the ideal place to host AgriFutures evokeAG. 2025 – and the perfect platform for Queensland organisations and innovators to now consider how they would like to be involved.  

More than just beaches and rainforests: Why Queensland is the perfect host for evokeAG. 2025

AgriFutures evokeAG. 2025 is heading to Queensland! Dynamic, diverse, and decentralised, Queensland’s agricultural sector is shifting gears – accelerating its transition from a powerhouse commodity producer to a powerhouse agrifood tech innovator. Here, Salvo Vitelli from Host State Partner, the Department of Agriculture and Fisheries Queensland; Queensland’s Chief Entrepreneur Julia Spicer OAM and Philippe Ceulen from Brisbane-based agrifood tech VC, Mandalay Venture Partners, discuss why there’s no better place than Queensland to host evokeAG. 2025. 

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Neil Varcoe

Neil Varcoe

Writer, journalist and accidental farmer

Sydney, New South Wales

Oli Madgett

Oli Madgett

Managing Director, Perennial Australia

McLaren Vale, South Australia

Judy Kennedy

Judy Kennedy

Journalist | Judy Kennedy Media

Menzies Creek, VIC

Andy Lowe

Andy Lowe

The University of Adelaide

Adelaide, South Australia

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Anna Maskus

Communications Coordinator

AgriFutures Australia

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Emily Malone

Regional and rural journalist and communications professional

Wagga Wagga, New South Wales

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Jenny Gilbert

Rural communications specialist

Brisbane, Queensland