Plans to hold the agtech focused evokeAg 2021 event in Perth have been cancelled and organisers AgriFutures Australia in partnership with the Western Australian Government won’t be rescheduling the event until at least 2022.
Keeping the Australian ag industry connected and aware of ag technology will be even more important in 2020 particularly due to the cancellation of so many agshows and agtech events and international and interstate travel restrictions that will remain in place for many months - including the continued temporary closure of the Western Australian border and movement restrictions continuing across QLD, Tasmania, SA, and the NT.
“The event was postponed in recognition of the unprecedented impact COVID-19 has had on the economy particularly on those businesses and participants who have invested in EvokeAg” said AgriFutures Australia managing director, John Harvey.
Mr Harvey acknowledges that now is a more important time than ever for AgriFutures to deliver on the objectives of the evokeAg conference and provide optimism and generate enthusiasm across the agrifood innovation system in Australia and the Asia Pacific region.
"We are exploring how we can continue to engage with the existing EvokeAg community by providing them with access to content and opportunities to engage on topics that align with the EvokeAg themes of Food, Farm, Future.Our intention is to deliver premium content directly to a local and global audience through high-quality production across video, audio and written online formats."
This comes as many other ag events across the nation shuffle the anticipated event dates and formats. Events such as PrimEx are promoting ‘Australia’s first virtual field days expo’ which is accessible online until July 7. There are plenty of the usual exhibitors listed who you might find at traditional field days, but the focus isn’t specifically on agriculture, or on agtech like AgTech Finder. There is an A to Z, but you won’t find any smart search filters to help you search and sort vendors based on your problem or the technology you want to find. There are a few webinars listed with MLA that are good for red meat producers, but not much else.
Farm management software company Agriwebb hosted a smaller ‘virtual field day’ information webinar in April, designed to showcase new ag technologies of value in the extensive northern Australian cattle industry. The event successfully brought northern producers together with technology innovators. Northern livestock producers met agtech innovators who had a chance to talk about some of the innovative solutions they’ve been installing to help producers take the next step in digital ag. The program featured series of short, interactive online sessions sharing what’s new in technology in livestock. Topics included benefits of remote water monitoring technology, putting satellites to work for better feed budgeting, and walk over weighing made easy with EID.
To keep up to date with what’s happening with agshow events, agtech shows, conference and webinars view the AgTech Webinar Calendar on AgTech Finder. We are updating the calendar weekly. There have been plenty of informative webinar events throughout May including some good workshops and demonstrations.