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Published 24 Feb 2021

Innovation is not a buzzword or a box to check on a business plan; it is a vital component for sustainable economic development. The Australian agriculture sector faces a serious and present threat in climate change, which cannot be addressed by incremental adaptation; innovative responses to this challenge are a…

Published 24 Feb 2021

‘Australian farmers … have a strong history of embracing innovation and adopting technologies, leading to improved farming practices.’ So opens the 2020 Future of Agricultural Technologies Report. Yet in the same month, the Government released the National Agricultural Innovation Agenda as a response to multiple investigations into perceived issues with…

Published 22 May 2020

Regenerative agriculture describes a set of practices and principles which aim to increase biodiversity, enrich soils, improve watersheds, and enhance ecosystem services. These are goals which are obviously desirable and are understandably generating significant interest in regenerative agriculture methods amongst farmers and the wider community more generally.

Published 15 May 2018

AgTech Takeaways – the expanded menu (part 3): In March, I participated in an Austrade-facilitated Australian Agtech Delegation to the US and wrote a blog about my takeaways with four main points of conclusion. Over the next month each of those key points – integrated systems approaches, farming practice adaptation,…

Published 1 Jan 2018

If the unconstrained implementation of digital technology could boost the value of Australian agriculture by 25% – a $20.3 billion increase from 2014-15 GVP – why is Australia not adopting agtech at a faster rate? As industry looks for ways to grow Australia’s agricultural production by 67 per cent to…

Published 14 Nov 2016

The recent running of the Melbourne Cup provided an opportunity to compare the productivity gains by the thoroughbred racing industry and the Australian farm sector. By using improvements in the time of the winning horse as a proxy for productivity gains by the thoroughbred industry, and the recently published national…
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