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AdvanceAg 2021 to showcase new on-farm technology

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The South Australian AgTech conference will concentrate on showcasing affordable technology solutions farmers can adopt in 2021.

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Self-driving vehicles and micro-drones that sow, spray and harvest crops are set to be among a wide range of cutting-edge agricultural technology on show at AdvanceAg 2021.

Dr Leanna Read, the independent chair of the South Australian Government’s AgTech Advisory Group, said organisers anticipate this year’s July 23 event to build on last year’s success.

“There are many AgTech events across Australia that demonstrate ‘blue sky’ technology, but the aim of AdvanceAg is to showcase affordable technology solutions to farmers they can readily adopt,” Read said.

“Not only will we have keynote speakers, but we will have breakout sessions focused on a number of industries and technologies.”

The COVID-19 lockdowns of the past year made the adoption of AgTech products slow-going and challenging for farmers, meaning this year’s conference is vital in reinvigorating uptake.

South Australian Minister for Primary Industries and Regional Development David Basham said the 2021 event will help reignite the adoption of agricultural technology.

“Removing barriers to adoption is a priority,” he said.

“AdvanceAg 2021 provides a platform for farmers and technology providers and everyone in between to collaborate.”

Minister Basham said increasing the uptake of farm-based technology could return up to $2.6 billion per annum to the South Australian economy through increasing productivity, cutting on-farm costs and creating more sustainable practices.

Associate Director for AgTech at BDO, Michael Macolino said the South Australian AgTech industry provides the farming sector with an opportunity to do more with less.

“Profitability, sustainability and increasing yields are really the core value propositions that AgTech brings to South Australian farmers,” he said.

“However, AgTech must align to the requirements of the market and farming practices to achieve these outcomes.”

Speakers for AdvanceAg 2021 are yet to be announced, but are expected to include some of the brightest minds in the AgTech industry, with the likes of Darren Thomas, CEO of Thomas Foods International, headlining last year’s event.

AdvanceAg will also provide attendees with a chance to network and explore a range of exhibitions at the Adelaide Convention Centre.

For more information, and to purchase tickets for AdvanceAg 2021, visit https://advanceagsa.com.au.

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