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AgTech event to showcase smart farming future

Cutting-edge agricultural technology will be on show at a major AgTech showcase at the Gatton Smart Farm being hosted by the Queensland Government and Hort Innovation on November 1 and 2.

The showcase will feature cutting-edge innovations in field robotics, sensors, drones, protected cropping, post-harvest management, cover cropping, and strip tillage among other developments.

“With Australian horticulture one of the fastest-growing agricultural sectors in Australia, exposure to new technologies that bring on-farm efficiencies have never been more important,” said Hort Innovation chief executive, Brett Fifield.

Visitors to the event will have the opportunity to witness firsthand the latest AgTech innovations, with some of them being introduced to Australia for the very first time.

“Agriculture is a $23 billion industry in Queensland and we need to keep at the cutting edge of technology if we want to keep creating the good jobs that come from it,” said Minister for Agricultural Industry Development and Fisheries and Minister for Rural Communities, Mark Furner.

“We want Queensland at the forefront of AgTech development and events like this open genuine windows on our industry’s future.

“It’s great news to see the interest in the Showcase means an extra day has been added to the program to provide more discussions, learning and opportunities for the agriculture sector.”

Key Highlights of the Gatton AgTech Showcase are set to include:

  • Live field robotics demonstrations from leading companies such as Robotti, FarmDroid, SwarmFarm Robotics, Stout, and more;
  • Displays featuring state-of-the-art postharvest and protected-cropping technologies that are revolutionising the way we handle and grow crops;
  • Cutting-edge data analytics tools and decision-support systems designed to empower farmers with actionable insights for more efficient and sustainable farming practices; and
  • A wide array of suppliers and researchers who are contributing to the development and adoption of AgTech solutions.

The Gatton AgTech Showcase is made possible through the Driving ag-tech adoption across Australia project being funded by the Hort Frontiers strategic partnership initiative developed by Hort Innovation, with co-investment from the Queensland Department of Agriculture and Fisheries (DAF) and contributions from the Australian Government.

Registrations are now open to attend on Thursday 2 November, from 8.30am to 1.30pm. 

Attendance at the Gatton AgTech Showcase is free but registration is required.

Click here to register and secure your place.

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