• 12-13 NOV
    GFIA in Focus Australia | Brisbane Australia
    12-13 NOV
    GFIA in Focus Australia | Brisbane Australia

Precision agriculture & smart farming theatre

Precision agriculture & smart farming theatre programme

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GFIA opening ceremony:

27 November 2018

09:30 – 10:00  Opening Ceremony

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

Welcome Address

Honourable Mark Furner MP, Minister for Agricultural Industry Development and Fisheries, Queensland

Keynote Address

Immersive technologies in agriculture

If you thought Virtual Reality is for gamers and Augmented Reality is to catch Pokemon Go’s then think again! In Agriculture, immersive technologies will increase productivity, improve safety, enhance training and help you to communicate more effectively than ever before. As part of this keynote presentation, Tim Gentle, Founder of Think Digital will unveil the most exciting advancement to date in #FarmVR, a Virtual Reality Platform for Agriculture. A presentation not to be missed in reality or in Virtual Reality… the choice is yours.

Tim Gentle, Founder, Digital Crusader and EducatorThink Digital

27 November 2018

10:30 – 11:25 Innovations session

Chair: Tim Burrow, CEO, Agribusiness Australia

Livestock smart ear tag for improving productivity, provenance and profitability
David Smith, CEO & Co-Founder, Ceres Tag

Transparent, flexible and traceable supply chains using blockchain technology
Caile Ditterich
, CEO, AgriChain

Precision ag using everyday consumer smart devices
Oli Madgett, Co-Founder, Platfarm

Revolutionising field phenotyping to speed up trait breeding in cereals
Barbara George-Jaeggli
, Research Fellow, Crop Physiology, QAAFI, The University of Queensland

11:30 – 12:00 Is a lack of visibility costing your business?

Learn how exciting new technology trends including the Internet of Things, smart farms, artificial intelligence, Blockchain and much more are affecting Australian growers. In this session, you’ll hear from N&A Group, Microsoft and Dialog on how innovative technology can help you make better, more future-focused decisions, and how N&A run their food business with better traceability and Realtime visibility.

Knowing where to start, or how to capture and use the ever-increasing amount of available data, can be extremely daunting. Without the right insights at hand, it’s impossible for businesses to see where problems are occurring, or how efficiencies could be gained.  


Patrick Shortt, Senior technical Architect, Microsoft

John Hibett, Dynamics ERP Sales Executive, Dialog Information Technology – Dynamics Practice

Philipp Duggan, Senior LINKFRESH specialist, Dialog Information Technology

12:00 – 12:30 Break

12:30 – 13:00 Big data

Smart data on the farm
Felicity Turner, Chief Customer Officer, The Yield

Data innovation opportunities in the agrifood sector
Professor David Lamb, Chief Scientist, Food Agility Cooperative Research Centre (CRC)

13:00 – 13:30 Precision agriculture for livestock

Precision livestock production
Dr Jamie Barwick, Associate Lecturer – Precision Agriculture, School of Environmental and Rural Science, University of New England (UNE)

Technology, innovation and the future livestock production
David Swain, Professor of Agriculture – School of Health, Medical and Applied Sciences, CQUniversity

13:35 – 14:20  Panel: Digitization of agriculture: Challenges and Opportunities for Australia’s food and water security

This session will explore the current state of precision agriculture technologies available in Australia, how food producers are using them to increase production and save water and where the next wave of development should focus on to achieve food and water security for the country.

Moderator: Richard Heath, Executive Director, Australian Farm Institute

Panelists include:

Dr Greg Leach, Senior Policy Advisor, AgForce Queensland

Professor David Lamb, Chief Scientist, Food Agility Cooperative Research Centre (CRC)

Andrew Skinner, Manager – Solution Design and Information Architecture, Integrity Systems Company

Tim Burrow, CEO, Agribusiness Australia

14:20 – 14:50 Break

14:50 – 15:00 GFarm Asset Management
Pieter van Jaarsveld
, Chief Executive Officer, IDS Australasia Pty Limited

15:00 – 15:10 Future of drones
Meg Kummerow, Owner, Fly the Farm

15:15 – 15:30 How will technology determine who gets a seat at the farm table?
Doug Fitch
, CEO and Co Founder, Agworld

15:30 – 15:45 21 years of precision agriculture on Branson Farms: successes, failures, economics, and lessons learnt
Mark Branson, General Manager, Branson Farms and Founding Member & Former President, SPAA

15:50 – 16:35  Panel: Farmers perspective

This discussion with leading Australian food producers and growers will look at the precision agriculture tools that are most useful to them, how they are integrating them into their operations and what future solutions they need and would like to see.

Moderator: Brooke Sauer, Digital Ag Manager, McGregor Gourlay

Panelists include:

Scott Braund, National Feedlot Manager, Mort & Co

Lawrence Di Bella, Herbert Cane Productivity Services Limited (HCPSL)

Mark Branson, General Manager, Branson Farms and Founding Member & Former President, SPAA

Russell Cavill, CEO, Lawson Grains Pty Ltd

Cy Kovacich, Owner/Manager, Mighty Green Pty Ltd

16:40 – 17:30 Innovations session

Chair: Dr. Nicole Dimos (PhD), Society of Precision Agriculture Australia (SPAA)

Using FinTech to analyse how AgTech can improve your farm business bottom-line
Mike Krause, CEO P2PAgri

Understanding the benefits of lower cost satellite telemetry solutions for agricultural applications
Paul Gapes, General Manager, Pacific Data Systems

The data bottleneck, natural capital and a marketplace for ecosystem services
Dr Greg Leach, Senior Policy Advisor, AgForce Queensland

Training towards a sustainable irrigation future
Geoff Harvey
, National Marketing & Training Manager, Irrigation Australia

28 November 2018

10:00 – 11:10  Innovations session

Chair: Vivienne McCollum, Principle Consultant, AGKServices

Complete farm management encompassed in ONE PLATFORM
Fabian Gallo, Founder/Managing Director/ Sales Manager, Farm in ONE

Data driven profit for a sustainable Northern beef industry
Mark Tobin
, General Manager, DataMuster

Geospatial Artificial Intelligence for Agriculture (GAIA)
Dr Sebastien Wong,
CTO, Consilium Technology

Agri IoT sensors: Helping suppliers as well as farmers
Oscar Ellison, Director, Levno Limited

Preparing your farm for automation
Cameron Leeson
, Founder, thingc Robotics

11:15 – 12:00  Panel: The future is robotic

With high labour costs and the need to increase yields with fewer inputs, farmers and growers are increasingly looking to integrate automation and mechanisation into their production systems. Robot technologies are forecast to bring even more efficiencies to traditional farming practice and equipment. This panel will discuss the latest innovations and developments in robotics across agriculture and what solutions will be available to farmers in the near future.

Moderator: Sharon O’Keeffe, National farm Machinery and Agricultural Technology Writer, Fairfax Agricultural Media

Panelists include:

Dr Peyman Moghadam, AgTech Cluster Leader for Robotics and Autonomous Systems, CSIRO Data61

Matt Truman, Lead Systems Engineer, Australian Centre for Field Robotics, the University of Sydney

Cameron Leeson, Founder, thingc Robotics

12:00 – 12:30 Break

12:30 – 13:00 Machine learning and the Internet of Things

Glance into the future: machine-learning models of every paddock on every farm
Anastasia Volkova, CEO and Founder, FluroSat

The Evolution of Smart Farming
Geoff Carroll, Networks Engineer, Powertec

13:05 – 14:00  Smart water use

Chair: Craig Baillie, Director (Centre for Agricultural Engineering), University of Southern Queensland

The role of automation and AI in irrigation
Matthew Pryor, CEO, Observant/Jain & NED, Rocket Seeder

Making every drop count with automated irrigation
Louise Gall
, Project Officer, Gwydir Valley Irrigators Association (GVIA)

14:05 – 15:20  Innovations session

Paper vs digital: the future of ag risk management
Mark Orr, Co-Founder, Zero Harm Farm

Automation of on-farm chemical handling
Oliver Smith
, Mechanical Engineer, AJS Machinery

Future farm vehicle
Timothy Allan, CEO, UBCO Ltd

AgriWebb: From simple record keeping to supply chain efficiency
John Fargher
, Co-founder, AgriWebb

Taking control of your harvest data
Henrietta Child, Co-founder and CEO, AgPick Technology

Observations and hyper-local forecasts – support decision making with cost-effective in-farm weather data and analytics
Matt Saunderson, Director Australian Operations, DTN