AgTech Harvest Newsletter: 19 January 2021

In this edition of our AgTechHarvest newsletter...

Welcome to 2021! We're starting the year off with a feature story about SMART Farms and how they are helping support the future of agtech for producers and ag industries. We've also got the latest in agtech news, including the risks and rewards of carbon markets - it's a hot topic at the moment!

If you're into agrifood technology and research, then don't miss out on the Food Agility Cooperative Research Centre's Virtual Summit themed Mission Food for Life: Building trust and resilience in our food supply chains. The agenda has a host of exciting speakers and topics linked to agtech, including a panel session on The Rise and Rise of the SMART Farm.

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Have a great 2021 everyone!

The AgTech Finder Team

All about SMART Farms: Sustainable, Manageable, Accessible, Rural Technologies

Agtech and research SMART Farms go hand in hand, testing a range of technologies, and developing cutting-edge new tech in partnership with ag industries. In this feature story, we explore the benefits of SMART Farms for producers and ag industries.

While research farms have been around for more than 100 years, it was the rollout of the National Broadband Network (NBN) in 2010 that gave birth to the first SMART Farm concept in Australia. Now most states and territories have demonstration SMART farms showcasing emerging ag technologies.

SMART Farms are where producers and ag industries can explore potential solutions for their enterprise and where ag researchers and developers go to trial their ideas. Importantly, they connect researchers with students, producers, industry and the community.

(The Food Agility Cooperative Research Centre's Virtual Summit includes a panel session on The Rise and Rise of the SMART Farm. Find out more and register here.)

Read the full blog post.

Agtech sector worries Australia is being left behind

Aussie farmers aren’t tech-savvy enough and it’s putting our reputation for agriculture excellence at risk, according to an agri-tech boss. Read more at Shepparton News.

Queensland Government funds a world-first biosecurity virtual laboratory

Queensland is at the forefront of a new project that could change the way biosecurity emergency responses are managed with an international-first biosecurity virtual laboratory. Read more at Mirage News.

How agriculture blockchain products are actually doing today

Blockchain is set to help agriculture in many ways such as improving supply chain management, product authentication, inventory management, energy consumption, sustainability initiatives, and more. But the question is whether any of these ideas have been implemented in practice, and how agriculture-focused blockchain products are actually doing today. Read more at BeInCrypto.

Soil carbon markets: the risks, rewards, costs and complications

Australian farmers are keen to engage in carbon markets to grow their businesses and be rewarded for regenerative practices. But without a clear path to monetise soil carbon credits, how can farmers cash in on this opportunity? A recent AusAgritech webinar featured four international experts providing insights on this complex issue. Read more at evokeAg.

New in the AgTech Finder Directory

Ethitrade International

Farmers, traders and exporters use a simple mobile interface to enter relevant information and upload certifications, with data then stamped to a blockchain-based platform. Consumers can scan a QR code to view the journey of products.

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