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Free two-day digital workshop for farmers, workers


Balonne agriculture and horticulture producers can learn about digital innovation at a free workshop in St George next week (6-7 November).

Balonne Shire Council, in partnership with Queensland Farmers Federation (QFF), Department of Agriculture and Fisheries (DAF), TAFE and others and as part of Queensland AgTech Month (November), will host a free and catered two-day Embracing Digital Innovation in the Agriculture Sector workshop at the Australian Hotel.

It is designed to provide farmers and workers in the agriculture and horticulture sectors with the knowledge to implement Agtech solutions to increase efficiency and productivity. The only requirement is for participants to bring a mobile device – smartphone or tablet.

The workshop will be facilitated by Vivienne McCollum, an industry expert with more than 20 years’ experience in digital agriculture, and will cover:

  • Technology Today – Think Big, Start Small (smart farming and digital transformation – drones, remote sensing, precision control technology, connectivity/productivity)
  • Data Management and Mapping – Using Data in Agriculture
  • Data Management to Make Decisions and Data Security
  • Technology Tomorrow – Transforming Supply Chains (traditional, e-business and block chain)
  • Technology Tomorrow – The Big Picture (Internet of Things, AI and Big Data, Augmented and Virtual Reality and 3D printing)

To register for the workshop, go to Queensland Farmers’ Federation https://www.qff.org.au/events/st-george-embracing-digital-innovation-agriculture-sector-workshop/.

Balonne Shire Mayor Richard Marsh said Council was very supportive of AgTech and innovation in the Shire.

“On behalf of Council, I encourage all in the agriculture and horticulture sectors to attend this important workshop,” he said.

“AgTech will be a driving force in our economy as more farmers take up technology to improve efficiency and productivity which will benefit the Shire’s economy. 

“By investing in digital connectivity and exclusion fencing, we believe there will be significant further investment in AgTech on properties.

“In a few weeks’ time another Council project, funded by the Australian Government under the Murray Darling Basin Economic Development Program, Business Mentoring, will see participants from agriculture/horticulture (featuring AgTech), tourism and small business sectors receive one-on-one mentoring services over two rounds.

“Council will seek expressions of interest in this project in the coming weeks for the first round of participants.”

For further information, please contact Council’s Economic Development Officer Garnet Radford on 4620 8805 or email garnet.radford@balonne.qld.gov.au

Published: 29th October 2019

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