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Festival of Food at evokeAG

Planting seeds of inspiration to a sold-out crowd at evokeAG.

"Data is the new gold."

"We grow plants in warehouses as opposed to green houses."

" Focusing on startups is not high risk. High risk is to continue doing what we have been doing for the last 30 years."

These were just some of the catapulting discussions on the future of our food and farms. 

evokeAG. 2019 was an immense success. Close to 1,200 delegates including farmers, entrepreneurs and investors from 21 different countries filled the Royal Exhibition Building in Melbourne for two action-packed days. The inaugural event achieved its aim to highlight the great things happening in the agricultural sector in Australia, to inspire by hearing from provocative world-leading thought leaders and to connect people across the globe. Make sure you catch our
day one and day two highlights on our social media channels and subscribe to our event newsletter for post event updates. 

We are thrilled to announce that evokeAG. will return next year. Make sure you join us on the 18-19 February 2020 so that we can further accelerate these important food, farm and future discussions. 

Tractor technology
Technology in agriculture: critical to success but are we ready?
Two new AgriFutures Australia funded reports explore the urgent need to explore community perception and regulatory challenges around the use of new technologies. The reports offer clear actions to help industry and government understand what needs to be done to support agtech adoption on our farms.
2019 Gary Sansom Scholar -Joshua Angove
A global game-changer for chicken breeding 
University of Adelaide PhD student Joshua Angove has been awarded the 2019
Gary Sansom Scholarship, supporting leadership in chicken meat research. The scholarship will allow Joshua to investigate how the nutrition and environment of the hen influences how efficiently her progeny grow.
extensionAUS stakeholders
New communities and a fresh look for extensionAUS™ in 2019 
A fresh look and launch of six new communities of practice in the past six months has created renewed enthusiasm for extensionAUS™ in 2019, highlighting the value of the online extension tool for Australian rural industries.    
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Troy Mauger and stakeholders in a field
A new crop of leaders for AgriFutures™ Rice Advisory Panel 
We're pleased to welcome growers Antony Vagg and Laura Kaylock to the AgriFutures™ Rice Program Advisory Panel. They will step into the positions of retiring panel members Barry Kirkup and Garry Knagge. Barry and Garry have brought practical experience to the panel and have demonstrated their commitment to RD&E as co-operators of field research activities.

Despite challenging conditions for growers, the RD&E program remains dedicated to improving the profitability and sustainability of the Australian rice industry, and a number of exciting initiatives will be rolled out in 2019. 
People sitting around a table
A new opportunity to ignite your director journey
AgriFutures Australia is offering 25 passionate rural leaders the opportunity to complete the Australian Institute of Company Director’s Foundations of Directorship program. The program provides a comprehensive overview of the main components of directorship including governance, finance, strategy and risk. 

The program will be held in Sydney from 21-23 May 2019. Applicants must be a member of the
AgriFutures™ Ignite Network Facebook group and must have an involvement in our agriculture sector. Details on how to access the application form will be found in the ‘announcement’ section of the group.
evokeAG Pitch Tent winners on stage
Agricultural entrepreneur pockets $20,000 at evokeAG. Pitch Tent 
Dr Matthew Jones from CertusBio was named the evokeAG. Investment Ready Pitch Tent winner for his biosensor technology which is helping dairy processing plants reduce waste. It was tough competition with a range of cutting-edge concepts pitched, including grasshopper farming, wine micro-oxygenation and autonomous crop sensing.

He joined three other evokeAG.
Pitch Tent winners on stage on day two of the inaugural event. Participants pitched their agricultural challenges, solutions and business ideas to a panel of expert judges and an international audience.
David Littleproud MP and Emma Moss
ABC Heywire puts young regional Australians at the center of conversations
52 young people from across our nation came together in Canberra this month to develop exciting new solutions to improve the lives of people their age in regional, rural and remote Australia.

This year’s cohort of Heywire winners tackled a range of topics like the impact of drought on Sea Lake in Victoria; what it was like campaigning for marriage equality in Ulverstone in Tasmania; and starting a fish farm in a desert.

AgriFutures Australia was once again very proud to support the 21st annual Heywire Regional Youth Summit.