Digital technologies have the potential to revolutionise Australian agriculture and make possible the next big leap in productivity. Across all agricultural commodities, digital technologies and applications are emerging that are disrupting production systems and supply chains, creating radically different business models, and enabling farmers and agribusiness to manage with levels of precision and insight that were previously unimaginable. AFI’s Digital Disruption in Agriculture conference will provide the opportunity for a very detailed look at the possibilities that are being provided by digital technologies and pose questions about how to ensure that those possibilities can be realised.

Register online now or download the registration form and preliminary program.

The conference will be held at the Stamford Plaza Sydney Airport on Thursday 2 June and Friday 3 June, 2016 – bringing together a range of international and Australian speakers. It will provide valuable insights into the developments that are occurring, and what they will mean for Australian farmers, agribusiness and policy-makers.

Conference sessions include:
•    Understanding digital disruption and its implications
•    Digital disruption on-farm
•    Exploring digital development in the farm input sector
•    Digital technology through the supply chain
•    Telecommunications and other infrastructure needs
•    The role of digital technologies in governance and compliance systems
•    A perspective from agri-software developers
•    Making digital agriculture happen in Australia.

AFI welcomes new staff

The Australian Farm Institute has welcomed two new staff to the team over recent months. Nicole Day has been appointed to the role of Research Officer. Nicole, originally from a farming family in South Australia, was previously employed by the Royal Agricultural Society of NSW Foundation, and prior to that role worked as a farm consultant and with farm input suppliers throughout NSW, Victoria and South Australia.

Richard Heath has been appointed General Manager, Research. Richard previously worked for the University of Sydney as Manager of its North West NSW Farms. Prior to that role he was an agricultural consultant specialising in digital agricultural systems. His initial career was as a manager of his family’s cropping activities on a farm south west of Gunnedah, NSW.

Out and about

Recently the Institute’s Executive Director, Mick Keogh, has spoken at:
•    NSW Agricultural Teachers Annual Conference, Hurlstone, NSW
•    Animal Medicines Australia Annual Dinner, Sydney
•    CropLife National Members’ Forum, Canberra.

AFI held its annual Agriculture Roundtable Conference on the 4th and 5th of November, 2015 at the Hilton Sydney.

Images:  Sally Beech, CANFR, Grimme Group, United Soybean Board