• 27-28 NOV
    BRISBANE CONVENTION & EXHIBITION CENTRE | AUSTRALIA
    27-28 NOV
    BRISBANE CONVENTION & EXHIBITION CENTRE | AUSTRALIA

Controlled environments & protected cropping theatre

Controlled environments & protected cropping theatre programme

Entry is free – register here

Seats are allocated on a first-come first-served basis.

Don’t miss the GFIA opening ceremony:

The GFIA opening ceremony will take place in the Precision agriculture & smart farming theatre from 09:30 – 10:00.
Keynote speakers include: Honourable Mark Furner MP, Minister for Agricultural Industry Development and Fisheries, Queensland
Tim Gentle, Founder, Digital Crusader and Educator, Think Digital.

 

27 November 2018

Facilitated by Pete Lewis, Agricultural communication specialist (Former ABC Landline producer)

10:30 – 11:00 Automation and controlled systems

Automating vertical farms for financial viability
John Leslie
, Executive Director & Design Engineer, Vertical Farming Systems

The success of plant factory solutions
Nicolas Tsurukawa
, Japan Country Manager, Urban Crop Solutions


11:05 – 11:55  Innovations session

Speed breeding to supercharge our future crops
Dr Eric Dinglasan, Post-doctoral Researcher, QAAFI, The University of Queensland

The magic of microclimates
Andrew Logan
, CEO, OneCrop

Cold plasma stops the rot
Dr Kirsty Bayliss, Senior Lecturer/Academic Chair, Biosecurity and Food Security, Murdoch University

Agriculture 4.0: Small farms. Big cities
James Pateras
, Director, Modular Farms Australia


12:00 – 12:45  Panel: Can indoor & controlled environments feed the world?

Self-sufficient greenhouses? Container farms? Hear from leaders who have successfully developed indoor and controlled environment farms and find out how the latest sustainable agriculture technologies are driving food production and what systems are leading the way towards a food secure future.

Moderator: Pete Lewis, Agricultural communication specialist (Former ABC Landline producer)

Panelists include:

James Pateras, Director, Modular Farms Australia

Steve Marafiote, Chief Executive Officer, Sundrop Farms

Vino Rajandran, R&D Manager, Hort Innovation

Prof Neena Mitter, Director, Centre for Horticultural Science, QAAFI, The University of Queensland


12:45 – 13:00 Break


13:00 – 16:00 Future farming and food workshop, hosted by QAAFI

Facilitated by Pete Lewis, Agricultural communication specialist (Former ABC Landline producer)

Workshop Program:

13:00 – 13:05 Welcome and introduction

13:05 – 13:25 Investing in the future of farming and food
Susan McDonald
, Managing Director, Super Butcher

13:25 – 13:30 Q&A session

13:30 – 13:50 Harnessing the genetic biodiversity of Australia’s plants
Professor Robert Henry
, Institute Director, QAAFI, The University of Queensland

13:50 – 13:55 Q&A session

13:55 – 14:15 Consumer drivers for new Australian food products
Dr Heather Smyth
, Senior Research Fellow, Nutrition and Food Sciences, QAAFI, The University of Queensland

14:15 – 14:20 Q&A session

14:20 – 14:45 Break

14:45 – 14:50 Welcome and introduction

14:50 – 15:10 Gene edited food
Professor Ian Godwin
, Professor, School of Agriculture and Food Sciences, The University of Queensland

15:10 – 15:30 Adapting food production to a changing climate
Professor Graeme Hammer
, Director, Centre for Crop Science, QAAFI, The University of Queensland

15:30 – 15:50 Nanotechnology and sustainable food production
Professor Neena Mitter
, Director, Centre for Horticultural Science, QAAFI, The University of Queensland

15:50 – 16:00 Panel discussion: Transformational farming and food
+ Audience Q&A

For more information about the Future farming for food workshop click here


28 November 2018

Facilitated by Pete Lewis, Agricultural communication specialist (Former ABC Landline producer)

10:00 – 10:15 Energy Savers Plus Program
Andrew Chamberlin, Project Manager (Energy), Queensland Farmers’ Federation

10:15 – 10:30 The Sundrop Farms story
Steve Marafiote, Chief Executive Officer, Sundrop Farms

10:30 – 10:45 Next gen coir substrates
James Burnett
, Substrates Manager, Quiedan Australia


10:50 – 11:40 Innovations session

Urban farming within the corporate sector
Geert Hendrix, CEO, Farmwall (partners with Eponic and Sonaray)

EC and moisture in soil base media
Scott Rusby
, Engineering Manager, Bluelab

Empowering horticultural farmers
Richard Ward, Chief Operating Officer, Apunga

Digital food safety
Morag Meikl, Founder & CEO, MFC


11:45 – 12:30 Panel: Deals worth discussing

This session brings together experts in the field of agricultural investment. How can investment support innovations in agriculture and help build the controlled environment sector and increase productivity in a sustainable way?

Moderator: Pete Lewis, Agricultural communication specialist (Former ABC Landline producer)

Panelists include:

Ben van Delden, Head of Markets and AgTech Sector Leader, KPMG Australia

Matthew Pryor, CEO, Observant/Jain & NED, Rocket Seeder

Sarah Nolet, CEO, AgThentic

George Peppou, Programme Manager, Growlab


12:35 – 13:05 Navigating government support for your startup/scaleup business

Jacki Steel, Director Engagement, Queensland Government Department of Innovation, Tourism Industry Development and the Commonwealth Games

Tracy Constable, Queensland Stakeholder Engagement Manager, AusIndustry within the Federal Government’s Department of Industry, Innovation and Science


13:05 – 13:20 Break


13:20 – 13:50 Innovations session

Ecas4 and the water quality benefits to food sector
Tony Amorico, Director, Ecas4

Food security enhanced though the innovation with the Troforte® Farming System
Paul Storer, Soil Microbiologist and Agricultural Consultant, Troforte Innovations Pty Ltd


13:55 – 14:15
Ben van Delden
, Head of Markets and AgTech Sector Leader, KPMG Australia


14:15 – 14:30 Australia for Agriculture 4.0
Karen Caston
, Senior Investment Specialist, Agribusiness and Food, Austrade


14:35 – 15:35  Panel: International market penetration for Australian food producers and farmers

The Australian fresh produce market is dominated by a number of large supermarket chains leaving little to no opportunity for farmers that are not part of this system. What opportunities lie beyond Australia’s borders and how can Australian food producers and farmers gain access to Asian markets? This panel brings together export agents, food producers that have successfully crossed the borders and buyers from abroad to discuss the possibilities of expanding business relationships.

Moderator: Sarah Nolet, CEO, AgThentic

Panelists include:

Erica Hughes, Founder, Farmer Meets Foodie

David Inderias, COO & Co-Founder, Fresh Supply

Rohan Bicknell, Produce Art

Karen Caston, Senior Agribusiness Specialist, Agribusiness and Food, Austrade