Forum to discuss latest in food and farming innovation
FLA forum showcases ag’s new developments
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
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 www.tsbe.com.au.
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.