Fresh face in tech­nol­ogy trial roll out

The Weekly Advertiser Horsham - - Ag Life -

Re­gional farm­ers in­volved in a trial aimed at dis­cov­er­ing ben­e­fits of In­ter­net of Things tech­nol­ogy on broad­acre crop­ping farms will have sup­port from a fresh face at Hor­sham’s Grains In­no­va­tion Park.

Agri­cul­ture Vic­to­ria grain tech­nol­ogy co­or­di­na­tor Mark Gould was ap­pointed to sup­port farm­ers in Vic­to­ria’s On-farm In­ter­net of Things Trial as it pre­pares to start in Birchip, Tatura, Ser­pen­tine and Maf­fra ar­eas.

Mr Gould said the trial would sup­port grain grow­ers to test the tech­nol­ogy and it was his job to en­sure farm­ers tak­ing part in the trial had a close point of con­tact to help them se­lect tech­nolo­gies best matched to their busi­nesses’ needs.

“The trial will al­low us to work to­gether to in­ves­ti­gate how well In­ter­net of Things tech­nol­ogy works in the prac­ti­cal day-to-day run­ning of a farm business,” he said.

“To en­sure a lack of ac­cess to a re­li­able net­work cov­er­age isn’t a bar­rier to farm­ers par­tic­i­pat­ing in the trial, the Vic­to­rian Govern­ment is also fund­ing the de­liv­ery of In­ter­net of Things net­work con­nec­tiv­ity to each trial re­gion.

“We’re now call­ing for up to 25 broad­acre crop­ping farm­ers in the Buloke govern­ment area to ex­press their in­ter­est to take part in the trial and ac­cess up to $30,000 to in­vest in the tech­nol­ogy.”

Mr Gould spent 15 years as an ad­vi­sory sys­tems engi­neer with Melbourne’s Dell Tech­nolo­gies be­fore join­ing Agri­cul­ture Vic­to­ria’s team.

“I moved to the Wim­mera about 18 months ago,” he said.

“Agri­cul­ture is the core in­dus­try in this part of Vic­to­ria, so I de­vel­oped an in­ter­est in bring­ing my many years of tech­nol­ogy ex­pe­ri­ence to farm­ers to en­able them to be more ef­fi­cient and prof­itable.

“I can’t wait to see the smile on farm­ers’ faces when they see what they al­ways thought was true is now backed up by data, and they can spend a lot less time tour­ing the farm to make in­formed de­ci­sions.”

Farm­ers in­ter­ested in tak­ing part in Vic­to­ria’s On-farm In­ter­net of Things Trial can sub­mit an ex­pres­sion of in­ter­est at agri­cul­ture.vic.gov.au/ dig­i­ta­lag un­til Au­gust 2.

NEW START: Agri­cul­ture Vic­to­ria grain tech­nol­ogy co­or­di­na­tor Mark Gould will sup­port farm­ers tak­ing part in Vic­to­ria’s On­farm In­ter­net of Things Trial.

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