AgTech News: January 2022

Federal government ups investment in agricultural traceability

The Australian Government will invest $68m in an effort to shore up Australia’s agricultural traceability systems and increase access to premium overseas markets.

Minister for Agriculture and Northern Australia, David Littleproud, said investing in strong traceability frameworks and systems could add up to $1bn a year to the bottom line of Australian farmers.

“Australia already has strong traceability systems in place, especially around food safety, origin and biosecurity,” Minister Littleproud said. “But we can make these systems stronger by bringing them together with a national approach.

“That’s why we’re working with the states and territories and industry to create the National Agricultural Traceability Alliance and National Agricultural Traceability Hub.”

Read more via the Department of Agriculture and Northern Australia

Are we in for a data-led future?

Andrew Coppin (pictured above), a founding director of The Australian Agritech Association and Managing Director of AgTech company , thinks so.

He says agricultural technology gets a little more sophisticated, more fit-for-purpose and more integrated into farm enterprises, each year.

"2022 is shaping up to be a year of exponential growth for the sector as it looks to support the broader agriculture industry," Coppin pens in Beef Central.

Read his latest entry in Beef Central here.

Adelaide to host EvokeAg 2023

AgriFutures Australia has announced Adelaide as the host city for the internationally acclaimed agrifood tech event slated for 21-22 February 2023.

The two-day, full-scale, global event will see thousands of delegates and over 110 speakers, thought leaders and start-ups from across the world convening to discuss food sustainability, supply chain demands and ways to increase agricultural capacity and profitability across the Asia Pacific region.

The announcement comes after AgriFutures made the tough decision to cancel the 2022 EvokeAG event, due to be held in Sydney.

AgriFutures Australia Managing Director, John Harvey, said the disruptive impact of the pandemic had highlighted serious shortfalls in our food security systems.

“There is an increasing sense of urgency around how we engage in global conversations, mitigate risk to our supply chain and challenge the conventions of what we grow, how we grow it and what we eat,”

Read more via EvokeAG

ARLF webinar series to look at climate change adaptation

An upcoming webinar series, hosted by the Australian Rural Leadership Foundation (ARLF), is set to look at whether rural communities and agriculture will survive future droughts and if, in fact, they could grow and profit from them.

The eight-part lunch and learn online series will look at what it takes to make Australian rural communities drought and climate change resilient and ready to take on the future.

It will feature panels of producers, industry professionals and scientists and give farmers the opportunity to learn from real-life case studies across the country, as well as get practical solutions and find ideas to thrive, not just survive, in times of drought.

For more information, and to register for the event, click here.

News via Farm Weekly

Hazel Technologies sets up in Singapore

USDA-funded ag-tech company Hazel Technologies has unveiled expansion plans for the Asia-Pacific (APAC) region, including a new office in Singapore.

Hazel Technologies delivers solutions for fresh produce to extend shelf-life, increase sales and fight food waste. The company has also received fresh funding from an Asia-based investor.

With some product lines already fully commercial in APAC countries such as New Zealand, Hazel Technologies’ new planned presence in Singapore gives the company a foothold in one of the region’s most strategic supply locations.

Read more via Produce Plus

Startup Daily profiles AgriWebb

From an idea conceived over a farm kitchen table to a $100m business in seven years, Australian livestock management platform AgriWebb has been anything but an overnight success, according to co-founder and Executive Chairman, Justin Webb.

“AgriWebb was born on a pretty simple idea of digitising farm records,” Webb tells Startup Daily. “In fact, sitting around my own family’s farm table in the kitchen, I was faced with a lot of decisions that seemed to be based off anecdote – what happened next door on Fred’s farm and what happened last year – as opposed to being able to have data-driven decision making.”

Read the full interview via StartUp Daily

Fresh Fruit robotics prepares for US apple season

Israel-based Fresh Fruit Robotics will trial the latest iteration of its robot harvester during the upcoming 2022 Washington apple season.

This robot features six picking arms on each side, all of which can adjust to a variety of row widths, mounted onto an Automated Ag Systems platform that can load and discharge bins.

Read the full story and watch the video of the robot in action via Good Fruit Grower.

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