Plant­ing ideas for bright farm­ing fu­ture

Warwick Daily News - South West Queensland Rural Weekly - - Beef Battle -

FARM­ERS could soon be mon­i­tor­ing their cat­tle us­ing GPS track­ers, check­ing elec­tric fences via their mo­bile phone and in­creas­ing crop pro­duc­tion with a spe­cial plas­tic mulch.

Th­ese are just some of the global in­no­va­tive ideas to be pre­sented in the Pitch Tent at evokeAG, the in­au­gu­ral in­ter­na­tional agri­food tech­nol­ogy event to be held in Mel­bourne from Fe­bru­ary 19-20.

Hosted by AgriFu­tures Aus­tralia, the aim of the event is to high­light, dis­cuss and de­bate ex­cit­ing de­vel­op­ments sur­round­ing the fu­ture of our food and how it will be pro­duced.

An ex­pert panel of judges selected 14 fi­nal­ists for evokeAG Pitch Tent. The suc­cess­ful start-ups will have the op­por­tu­nity to project their ideas onto a global path to suc­cess while tack­ling prob­lems faced by pri­mary pro­duc­ers within farm­ing.

Among the fi­nal en­trepreneurs are a grasshop­per farmer from Is­rael, an aero­nau­ti­cal en­gi­neer spe­cial­is­ing in drones from Syd­ney and a New Zealand-based wine mat­u­ra­tion start-up.

Each fi­nal­ist will re­ceive men­tor­ship to de­velop their con­cepts and fi­nesse their fi­nal pitch prior to evokeAG.

Agritech New Zealand ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor Peter Wren-Hil­ton said the cal­i­bre of Pitch Tent ap­pli­cants far ex­ceeded ex­pec­ta­tions in terms of the in­cred­i­ble in­no­va­tion ex­em­pli­fied by start-ups from around the world.

“The fi­nal­ists were ul­ti­mately selected for their cut­ting-edge tech­nolo­gies, dy­namic busi­ness mod­els and bold ef­forts in cre­at­ing a sus­tain­able agri­food tech sys­tem. It was a priv­i­lege to be part of the judg­ing process and I look for­ward to see­ing th­ese en­trepreneurs launch and scale their ideas in or­der to cre­ate real and mean­ing­ful so­lu­tions for the planet,” Mr Wren-Hil­ton said.

The pri­mary pro­ducer and agri­food start-up fi­nal­ists will soon have the op­por­tu­nity to pitch their ideas on stage at evokeAG to an in­ter­na­tional au­di­ence in­clud­ing in­vestors, cor­po­rate de­ci­sion-mak­ers and in­dus­try in­flu­encers.

Each idea will be as­sessed by an ex­pert panel of judges for a chance to share in a to­tal prize pool of $35,000 plus in-kind prizes.

AgriFu­tures Aus­tralia man­ag­ing di­rec­tor John Har­vey said he had been im­pressed by the di­ver­sity of ap­pli­cants keen to take part in the event.

For more in­for­ma­tion, visit the web­site: www.evokeag. com/pitch­t­ent.

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