Fo­rum to dis­cuss lat­est in food and farm­ing in­no­va­tion

FLA fo­rum show­cases ag’s new de­vel­op­ments

Warwick Daily News - South West Queensland Rural Weekly - - Front Page - CAS­SAN­DRA GLOVER Cas­san­[email protected]­ral­

FOOD Lead­ers Aus­tralia will host the 400M Ag and Food In­no­va­tion Fo­rum in Toowoomba this month.

The con­fer­ence will be a chance for busi­ness lead­ers and in­vestors to learn of in­no­va­tions and for in­no­va­tors to pro­mote and at­tract in­vest­ment in their projects.

There are 150 peo­ple reg­is­tered for the con­fer­ence so far, with 10 in­no­va­tors pitch­ing their ideas.

“With a boom­ing

400 mil­lion mid­dle-in­come wage earn­ers on our doorstep, and just 400 mil­lion hectares of arable land in Aus­tralia to feed them, we will need to drive in­no­va­tion in our ag and food in­dus­tries to cap­ture new mar­ket op­por­tu­ni­ties and re­main com­pet­i­tive within our ex­ist­ing mar­kets,” FLA gen­eral man­ager Bruce McCon­nel said.

“The fo­rum will set the scene for in­no­va­tion in our re­gion, chal­lenge the cur­rent sta­tus quo and ex­plore where we need to get to in or­der to cap­ture the op­por­tu­ni­ties that will present them­selves in the fu­ture. The event will also al­low a se­lect group of in­no­va­tors to pitch their world-chang­ing projects to a panel of ex­perts.”

In­no­va­tors pre­sent­ing at the con­fer­ence in­clude:


At­mos Blue is an Aus­tralian com­pany based in Bris­bane. At­mos Blue dis­trib­utes dif­fer­ent ranges of Swiss-pro­duced Air to Wa­ter ma­chines and tech­nol­ogy specif­i­cally de­vel­oped for ex­tract­ing wa­ter from the hu­mid­ity in the air.

The Air to Wa­ter ma­chine is an in­te­grated sys­tem ca­pa­ble of pro­duc­ing high-qual­ity drink­ing wa­ter, dem­iner­alised wa­ter for in­dus­trial use and wa­ter for agri­cul­ture and re­lated ap­pli­ca­tions. A byprod­uct of the in­te­grated sys­tem is ther­mal en­ergy that can be used for heat­ing, ven­ti­la­tion, cool­ing, con­di­tion­ing and de­hu­mid­i­fi­ca­tion pur­poses.


Moovement be­gan in 2016 as the brain­child of four Rabobank col­leagues: Ciska van den Berg, Mar­lies de Kock, Pi­eter Vo­gels and Roel van de Ven. They de­vised a way to make live­stock farms in Kenya fi­nan­cially vi­able by tag­ging cows with a GPS track­ing chip. This would make it pos­si­ble for Rabobank to of­fer mi­croloans to small but promis­ing live­stock farm­ers.


EscaVox au­to­mat­i­cally col­lects the most es­sen­tial data about a prod­uct, start­ing on-farm right through to the end con­sumer. It then cre­ates a unique, de­tailed ‘track’ for ev­ery pal­let – now the prod­uct has a story. This un­prece­dented vis­i­bil­ity al­lows waste and in­ef­fi­ciency to be au­to­mat­i­cally iden­ti­fied to un­der­stand the key is­sues to tar­get. All data in the plat­form be­longs to the orig­i­na­tor, mak­ing EscaVox an in­de­pen­dent cus­to­dian that cre­ates a voice for the prod­uct.


Freeze Dry In­dus­tries is a mod­ern man­u­fac­tur­ing fa­cil­ity that uses the lat­est tech­nol­ogy freeze dryers built in Aus­tralia. Freeze dry­ing of fresh fruits, veg­eta­bles and other raw ma­te­ri­als adds enor­mous value in terms of long shelf life, light weight and pre­served nutri­tion. Its process is 100 per cent nat­u­ral with no ad­di­tives, preser­va­tives or chem­i­cals.

The state-of-the-art fac­tory is right in the heart of the Sun­shine Coast in Yan­d­ina. It is the first of its kind, act­ing not only as a man­u­fac­turer but also a show­room for prod­ucts, equip­ment and in­no­va­tion.


DataFarming’s in­no­va­tive soft­ware plat­form is backed by more than 20 years of hands-on ex­pe­ri­ence solv­ing agri­cul­tural prob­lems in the real world.

Through cloud-based sys­tems, farm data and satel­lite tech­nol­ogy, DataFarming de­liv­ers sim­ple data so­lu­tions to drive farm pro­duc­tiv­ity across all pro­duc­tion fac­tors, gain­ing valu­able in­sights into the agri­cul­tural in­dus­try.

The DataFarming ap­pli­ca­tion al­lows you to ac­cess tech­nol­ogy tar­get­ing the five key pil­lars of farm pro­duc­tiv­ity – crop/pas­ture growth, yield, wa­ter-log­ging, soil vari­a­tion, and weather im­pacts.


Fountx is wear­able, as­sisted re­al­ity tech­nol­ogy that can sig­nif­i­cantly boost the pro­duc­tiv­ity and ca­pa­bil­ity of your tech­ni­cal teams.

When you equip your teams with Fountx, you re­duce main­te­nance down­time while im­prov­ing ac­cu­racy, qual­ity, and safety per­for­mance. The tech­nol­ogy be­hind Fountx was de­vel­oped by the CSIRO.


Nontox is a non-toxic, non-se­lec­tive her­bi­cide for the pro­tec­tion of crops and na­tive and non-tar­get plants. Nontox has a va­ri­ety of uses in the mar­ket­place not lim­ited to use as a her­bi­cide.

Other ap­pli­ca­tions in­clude as a de­fo­liant on cot­ton crops to stim­u­late the open­ing of buds to ac­cel­er­ate har­vest and for the con­trol of blue-green al­gal blooms in dams, rivers and recre­ational wa­ter­holes.


GreenAg has a pas­sion for pro­duc­ing sus­tain­able or­ganic pro­duce spe­cial­is­ing in turkey to sup­port the health of fu­ture gen­er­a­tions.

Af­ter be­ing in the agri­cul­tural in­dus­try for more than 30 years and ex­pe­ri­enc­ing health is­sues, Ewart (aka the Turkey Man) dis­cov­ered the pos­i­tive im­pact turkey meat could have on his health and that of his fam­ily and friends.

He set out to ex­plore the pos­si­bil­ity of pro­duc­ing free-range or­ganic turkey and the rest, as they say, is his­tory.

At no time dur­ing the grow­ing or pro­cess­ing are there any added chem­i­cals, preser­va­tives, ar­ti­fi­cial colours or fillers. GreenAg’s prod­ucts are or­ganic from pad­dock to plate.


Ian Ma­son is head of Vir­gin StartUp, Sir Richard Bran­son’s not-for-profit com­pany for en­trepreneurs, and will be the key­note speaker at the event.

Mr Ma­son was in­stru­men­tal in the cre­ation and growth of Vir­gin StartUp. Of par­tic­u­lar rel­e­vance is its UK Food­preneur pro­gram which cel­e­brates food en­trepreneur­ship and drives trade out­comes, along with its Do­ing Busi­ness with Big Busi­ness pro­gram, which pro­vides op­por­tu­ni­ties for small food pro­duc­ers to meet and sup­ply larger su­per­mar­kets and ser­vice providers such as air­lines.

“Ag and food are al­ready of fun­da­men­tal im­por­tance to the global econ­omy but will be­come the fo­cus of at­ten­tion in years to come as we are faced with the chal­lenge of feed­ing a rapidly grow­ing pop­u­la­tion,” Mr Ma­son said.

“The rise of the mid­dle classes in Asia also presents an in­ter­est­ing chal­lenge, as that will drive de­mand for more ar­ti­san food pro­duc­ers.

“But with ev­ery chal­lenge comes op­por­tu­nity and I’m keen to talk about how we can cap­i­talise on these global trends to en­hance and en­trench lo­cal in­dus­try as world-lead­ing in this space, and in do­ing so drive sus­tain­able and sus­tained lo­cal eco­nomic de­vel­op­ment.”


The Novem­ber 21 fo­rum runs 8.30am-9pm at the Ar­mitage Cen­tre in Toowoomba. Visit


IN­NO­VA­TION EX­PERT: Ian Ma­son, head of Vir­gin StartUp, will be the key­note speaker at FLA's 400M Ag and Food In­no­va­tion Fo­rum on Novem­ber 21.

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