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Media Release 29 August 2019 - AgTeCH19 Returns to Central Highlands

29 August 2019


The third annual AgTeCH19: Build it, Use it, Profit, a major innovation and technology event for the Australian agricultural community, will soon return to the Central Highlands.

AgTeCH19 will be held in Emerald on 6 November. Register at chdc.com.au.

The day brings together the smartest minds at the intersection of agriculture, machinery and technology to explore the future of agribusiness and showcase the latest innovations to improve farm and business profitability.

Since 2017, AgTeCH has been held each year alternating between Emerald, QLD and Mungindi, NSW. Each event has sold out, with more than 245 attending Emerald and 280 at Mungindi, representing two million hectares of production, making AgTeCH one of the largest regionally-based dedicated agtech forums in Australia.

CHDC Agribusiness Development Coordinator Liz Alexander said delegates who attended AgTeCH17 described it as "relevant", "positive", "informative", "hard to beat in every respect", "10 out of 10" and commented that "there are still no other events like this one - this is a genuine AgTeCH event". 

"The event will again provide the opportunity for innovative people from farming, agribusiness, technology, civil construction, research and training sectors to meet and focus on providing opportunities and solving problems for agricultural and regional business," Mrs Alexander said.

"This year our expert panellists from across Australia will focus on early stage and commercial applications of Automation, Robotics and Drones, and IoT (Internet of Things) and Connectivity." 

Demonstrations of agricultural technology in action will again be a feature, including SwarmFarm Robotics, John Deere and V-Net, the Department of Agriculture's research drones, T3RRA Precision Terrain Solutions and a greater focus on beef with the PLF Australia and mOOvement "smart farm". 

New to the program in 2019 is the exciting opportunity to meet the teams who have been participating in CHDC and X-Lab's AgFrontier Regional Agtech Incubator in the Startup Alley and Showcase.

Applications are now open at chdc.com.au for the Young Tech Bursary, which will provide 20 budding agtech entrepreneurs and students (and their teachers) from across Central Queensland the opportunity to attend AgTeCH19.

CHDC also has trade stalls available for agtech and agribusiness companies to promote their products and services to people attending the event.

For those wishing to make it a double-header, AgTeCH19 will be followed by the free Farmers2Founders (F2F) Growers as Innovators workshop, also in Emerald on 7 November, supported by the Grains Research and Development Corporation (GRDC).