Australia’s golden girl for soil health and co-founder of Orange-based startup, Soil Carbon Co, Tegan Nock is helping empower farmers to boost soil carbon and increase crop resilience, using microbial technology, which could help sink billions of tonnes of carbon and offers a tradeable commodity.
Huon Aquaculture has grown from a sideline business to an internationally-recognised supplier of farmed salmon, but for executive director Frances Bender, it’s the quiet things that really matter.
Taking charge of the family’s New Zealand kiwifruit orchard, was unexpected for Genevieve Griffin-George but led to her developing PICMI, an online platform that links farmworkers and employers – with plans to go global.
A kaleidoscope of space-based tech designed to enhance precision agriculture and foster efficient food production is ready for take-off, so how do we drive adoption?
Too often founders are fixated with “making a difference” whether it be social or environmental and miss the mark on delivering the financial returns that every investor expects. So how do you find the right balance and meet your customer’s needs?
Growing tomatoes in the desert using nothing but sunlight and seawater is a quantum leap forward for agtech innovation. So how can we scale this technology and find remote labour to help power Australia’s low-carbon food system?
“Kruso White”, a new quinoa variety has shown gross margins double that of wheat and canola in a co-funded research project by AgriFutures and the Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development (DPIRD). Expressions of Interest for commercialisation are now open until Friday 18 September.
Hayley Blieden, founder of The Australian Superfood Co is helping to cultivate a growing appetite for Australian native foods with the launch of the Native Harvest Initiative, designed to support Indigenous communities, local growers and scale native produce supply.
Olympia Yarger and her startup, Goterra is the face that launched a thousand maggots and most recently, an $8-million Series A investment. The insect farmer is also one of the reasons Australia now has its first dedicated agrifood tech venture capital (VC) firm, Tenacious Ventures.
Innovation can be accelerated, according to David Downs, this is one of the many things that COVID-19 has taught us.
Through increasing uncertainty, there is one guarantee – we will always need food. But how we consume food or the way we feed our growing population may soon look very different to the way we operate now. We speak with Tony Hunter, a Food Futurist, and 2020 evokeAG. speaker about the changes and trends in the food industry and the opportunities for our food supply chain in the future.
Forbes local and Future Young Leader, Sam Johnston, gives a wrap-up of his experience of the 2020 evokeAG. event, that took place in February.
Economist and entrepreneur, Ros Harvey, shares her experience on putting data to work and how she wants to help others with the adoption process.
When New Zealand closed its borders at the peak of the COVID-19 crisis, the agrifood tech community held concerns on the future of offshore market development plans. However Peter Wren-Hilton, Executive Director of Agritech New Zealand and Co-Founder of the Australia New Zealand Agritech Council says a new ‘buy local’ campaign will help drive regional agri-focussed supply chains and businesses should take full advantage of this trend.
Agrifood tech startups are finding value in collaborative investment models, while riding the wave of market volatility amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Australian venture capital firm Artesian Venture Partners – at the forefront of the change – sees opportunity for companies to “emerge out the other side with a stronger offering”.
Mark Mortimer is one of the most innovative farmers you will come across. When he walks out the door to go and work on his farm each day, he has a computer bag over his shoulder. He has a real passion for data collection, and has used it to improve his Merino stud, year on year.
AgriFutures Australia in partnership with the Western Australian Government have postponed the evokeAG. 2021 event to 15 – 16 February 2022, in recognition of the unprecedented impact COVID-19 has had on the economy particularly on those businesses and participants who have invested in evokeAG..
Two months on from evokeAG. the dust has settled, and the wheels are churning on the future program. This is an ideal time to reflect on the success of the two-day agrifood tech triumph. We have crunched the numbers from the sell-out event and found our three breakout sessions that drew the biggest crowds.
Melbourne local and Future Young Leader Leesa Chen gave the evokeAG. team a wrap-up of her experience of our event.
Farmers have been, and will continue, to adopt agtech innovation and inventions. Despite calls that primary producers are halting the agtech adoption curve, some experts are saying that it’s not the producer but rather, the sales pitch which could be the problem.
It’s no surprise that with the lockdown effects of COVID-19, physical agtech events have been ground to a halt. The solution? Taking advantage of our online community.
Our youngest Future Young Leader, 19-year-old Angela Hughes was kind enough to sit down with the evokeAG. team and give a wrap-up of her experience of our evokeAG. event.
evokeAG. 2020 speaker Ayala Domani, AGL’s General Manager, Future Business, insists that it’s not all just hype – technology will lead to bottom-line efficiencies, growth and new opportunities. She explains the approach companies should be taking when engaging with start-ups, innovation and technology.
Eight emerging leaders in agriculture have left evokeAG. delegates with their views on how we need to shift our agricultural industry.
AgriFutures Australia Managing Director John Harvey explores key findings from new research on alternative proteins citing positive benefits for farmers.
More than 1,300 delegates from 22 countries filled the Royal Exhibition Building in Melbourne for Day 2 of evokeAG. 2020.
AgriFutures Australia, Managing Director, John Harvey revealed today that evokeAG. 2021 will head west.
Genevieve Griffin-George is the Founder of PICMI, a simple technology-based solution that makes hiring seasonal staff simple.
Meet Samuel “Sam” Johnston who can best be described as an agricultural enthusiast and young industry trailblazer who has one aim – to showcase where Aussie food and fibre comes from, who makes it and how it’s made.
Leading geneticists at Agriculture Victoria are working on a project which could see dairy farmers breed cows with lower methane emissions.
Tickets to evokeAG., Asia Pacific’s premier agrifood tech event have sold out.
Maddison grew up in regional South Australia and after studying Environmental Science, completed a Master’s degree in Sustainable Agriculture.
Farmers flock to evokeAG. 2020 and tell us what they are most looking forward to.
Australia must take the lead and adopt more climate-smart farming practices, says George Chapman.
Rotational farming will become a lot easier in 2020 with the launch of a virtual fencing system called eShepherd.
Our youngest evokeAG. 2020 Future Young Leader, 19 year old Angela Hughes, wants to connect the hospitality and agricultural industries.
The burgers are better at Hungry Jacks’ and now, according to the Founder of the fast food chain, they are also better for our world.
25 year old Leesa Chen is passionate about people-to-people connections that transcend borders.
They don’t need breaks, are small and nimble and come trained and ready to work. The future of agriculture is autonomous and it’s robotic.
Australia historically has very infertile and fragile soil compared to other parts of the world but rather than fall into crisis mode, some are encouraging us to see the opportunities.
The evokeAG. 2020 program has been released and aims to inspire, challenge and transform the way we think about food and farming into the future.
Could a carbon tax improve our soils, enhance the quality of our food and help retain precious water?
26-year-old Caitlin Vayro is on a mission to reduce the rate of suicide amongst our farmers.
With a millennial mindset, James Madden is determined to evolve the red meat industry to ensure the produce remains in the shopping trolleys of his generational peers.
25 year-old George Stacey grew up on a cattle station in North-Western Queensland. His parents ran an enterprise which was ‘grass-focussed’.
Elders has today announced its partnership with evokeAG. as the Platinum Partner for the second consecutive year.
Applications for the evokeAG. 2020 Startup Program has opened.
AgriFutures Australia has unearthed four fresh and exciting opportunities for agrifood tech startups.
Will social media bridge the gap between the producer and the consumer?
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