27 episodes

If you’re looking to adopt agtech on-farm, but don’t know where to start, AgTech Finder is here to help. With over 270 companies, offering more than 350 solutions, AgTech Finder helps you make confident technology decisions to improve your operations.

Tune into the AgTech Finder podcast to hear from the companies at the forefront of innovation, and the producers who are using the technology on farm.

AgTech Finder is an initiative of Food Agility CRC and is Australia’s most comprehensive database of agtech products.

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If you’re looking to adopt agtech on-farm, but don’t know where to start, AgTech Finder is here to help. With over 270 companies, offering more than 350 solutions, AgTech Finder helps you make confident technology decisions to improve your operations.

Tune into the AgTech Finder podcast to hear from the companies at the forefront of innovation, and the producers who are using the technology on farm.

AgTech Finder is an initiative of Food Agility CRC and is Australia’s most comprehensive database of agtech products.

www.agtechfinder.com

    Talking data utilisation with the seafood industry

    Talking data utilisation with the seafood industry

    In this episode we’re talking about the use of agtech and data-driven decision-making within the seafood industry.  
    We’re joined by Julie Petty, from Seafood Industry Australia, who talks us through everything from the automation of fish feeding to decarbonisation. 
    We also speak to professor Shauna Murray, from the University of Technology Sydney, who’s been heading up the Transforming Australian Shellfish Production project. The project, run in conjunction with Food Agility CRC, has allowed for real-time and estuary specific data to drive decision-making on harvest management.   
    And we hear from NSW South Coast oyster farmer Shane Buckley. He took part in the project and says the use of data to inform harvest windows could have a significant economic impact on their business.   
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    • 32 min
    Talking virtual fencing in dairy with Halter

    Talking virtual fencing in dairy with Halter

    In this episode we’re talking about virtual fencing and monitoring technology that could be transformative for the dairy industry. 
    We’re joined by Dairy Australia’s Emily Samyue to give us an overview of the role agtech plays within the industry.  
    We then travel across the ditch to speak to Steve Crowhurst from New Zealand-based company Halter. Halter’s smart cow collars predominantly use sound cues to guide cattle on where to go, allowing cows to be remotely brought in for milking and cell grazed in smaller mobs to improve pasture growth and production. 
    We also talk to Tasmanian dairy farmer Troy Ainslie who has been using the Halter technology to virtually herd and fence cattle and monitor pasture and animal health. He says he now doesn’t think he’d be dairy farming without it.  
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    • 32 min
    Talking livestock diagnostics with AgScent

    Talking livestock diagnostics with AgScent

    Today we’re speaking about technology helping producers monitor their livestock’s health and emissions - picture being able to breathalyse a cow to see if she's pregnant or finding out about methane emissions when the steers eat at the trough.
    We speak to Food Agility CRC chief scientist David Lamb about how more extensive, large-scale farming, combined with a reduced workforce, has led to agtech often needing to fill the gap when it comes to livestock monitoring. AgScent founder Bronwyn Darlington tells us about working with NASA and explains how their non-invasive diagnostic technology could be a gamechanger for the livestock industry. We also talk to Simone Barakat from Number 8 Bio, a company developing feed additives to reduce methane emissions. They’ve been using AgScent Air to measure methane reduction during their trials.  
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    • 32 min
    Talking climate forecasting with the Bureau

    Talking climate forecasting with the Bureau

    In this episode we’re speaking about tools that help farmers assess and plan for changes in climate.  
    A lot of the agtech we speak about is used by farmers to help with everyday decision making. But the tools we’re hearing about in this episode are mostly focused on long-term management, how to prepare for a future that might be decades or even generations away.  
    We speak to Dr Tim Cowan a Senior Research Fellow at the Centre for Applied Climate Sciences at the University of Southern Queensland about agtech’s role in preparing farmers to respond to more extreme climate scenarios.  
    We’re also joined by the Bureau of Meteorology’s Stephanie Dickson. She tells us about My Climate View, a digital tool which provides location and commodity specific climate predictions for the next 50 years.  
    And we chat to Western Australian beef producer Dale Park, who says information from My Climate View has influenced his on-farm decision-making, including what pastures they plan to grow.  
    www.agtechfinder.com  
     

    • 28 min
    Talking shearing innovations with the wool industry

    Talking shearing innovations with the wool industry

    In this week’s episode we’re talking about innovations and technology within the shearing industry.  
    The wool and shearing industry is probably not the first people think of when it comes to agtech, being one of the more traditional within agriculture.  
    But the shearer shortage and rise of large sheep within the industry has encouraged the sector to develop new technology that will offer wool growers more options and help attract and retain shearers. 
    In this episode we speak to Carolina Diaz from the Australian Wool Innovation about some of the new technology coming through the pipeline, in particular biological wool harvesting.  
    We also talk to brothers Glenn and Chris Haynes about shearing modules that eliminate the need for shearers to catch and drag the sheep, the part of the process that often leads to the most injuries. 
    Glenn is from the Shearer’s Contractors Association Australia (SCAA) Shearer Woolhandler Training Inc. and designed the modules in collaboration with AWI, woolgrowers and champion shearers.  
    While, Chris is from Haynes Engineering, one of several companies building the shearing modules and seeing them implemented by growers across the country.  
    And we catch up with wool grower Will Shippen, who started using the shearing modules out of necessity during a flood, but found they improved efficiency and so has continued to use them ever since. 
    www.agtechfinder.com  

    • 29 min
    Talking water efficiency with Goanna Ag

    Talking water efficiency with Goanna Ag

    In this episode we’re talking about technology helping growers improve water efficiency on-farm.  
    We’re joined by podcast regular, Food Agility CRC chief scientist, David Lamb, who tells us about the role agtech will play in reporting growers’ water efficiency credentials to consumers.  
    We speak to Goanna Ag’s John Pattinson about their smart irrigation management solution, GoField. GoField is used across 250,000 hectares of cotton and aims to deliver water, energy and workforce efficiencies.     
    We also chat to Queensland cotton grower Nigel Corish, who has been using the GoField solution to improve irrigation workflows, increase yield and reduce the amount of water needed to produce each bale of cotton.  
    www.agtechfinder.com 

    • 31 min

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