The Central Highlands Development Corporation (CHDC) hosts AgTeCH: Build it, Use it, Profit, a major biennial innovation and technology event for the Australian agricultural community.

The event 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.

Save the Date: AgTeCH19 will be held in Emerald 6/7 November 2019!

Highlights from AgTeCH17: Build it, Use it, Profit, Emerald: 8 November 2017

The inaugural AgTeCH17 event in Emerald was sold out with 243 attendees, varying from agtech companies, agricultural producers and agribusinesses drawn from across Queensland and NSW. The participants were fully immersed in agtech with discussion panels by leaders and innovators in the industry. The interactive format encouraged conversation, information-sharing and networking, and attendees experienced first-hand the technology discussed throughout the forum in the field.

  • In the event evaluation, 100% of the participants said that overall it was ‘Very Good’ or ‘Excellent’.
  • Attendees described the panellists as “high quality, fantastic, well-rounded speakers that were full of knowledge”.
  • 24 trade displays
  • Beef Ledger completed the world’s first full blockchain operation across the beef supply chain and launched the cryptocurrency BLT (Beef Ledger Token).
  • By having demonstration sites adjacent in the field, co-operators found joint solutions to previous inter-operability constraints; eg. PrecisionHawk and John Deere are able to share information in the USA via an API which had not been available in Australia before the event. CQ Ag Services / RuralCo and John Deere worked together to remove commercial restraints for the event to make the data collected from the drones available to the MYJD platform via an application on a mobile device.
  • 26 sponsoring partners
  • Extensive national rural media coverage before and after, during a six-week period
  • Substantial social media coverage and discussion via #agtech

To view the program from AgTeCH17 please click here.

A selection of images from the event can be viewed here.

Highlights from AgTeCH18: Build it, Use it, Profit, Mungindi: 21 March 2018

Hosted by the Mungindi Cropping Group, the event followed the same format as AgTeCH17, however the target audience for this event was more focussed on large broadacre crop producers, growing in excess of 2,000 ha.  The event was predominantly attended by producers from Mungindi, Walgett, Rowena, Narrabri, Moree, Goondiwindi, St George and Dirranbandi.

  • Total attendance of 265 people comprised of 80 percent growers, 15 percent agronomists and 5 percent industry
  • Producers attending represented over 1,500,000 ha of crop production, and estimated well in excess of 2,000,000 ha of land owned across three States.
  • The agronomists on the day represented over 1,000,000 ha of agronomy.
  • Producers said “This was the first opportunity I have had to discuss, understand and see live demonstrations of the latest cutting-edge technology” and “Informative and enabled growers to assess where technology is moving and the time frame for uptake of this technology.”
  • Agronomists stated “Astounding to see so many growers at one event.”
  • Extensive national rural media coverage
  • As a direct result of the day, a group of Mungindi growers organised to meet with the telecommunications panel speaker to discuss building their own network of telecommunications towers.  The growers will use their grain storage facilities to gain height and improve coverage across an area from Weemelah to Mungindi on the New South Wales side of the border.  This was followed by a further proposal to continue the project on to Thallon and Dirranbandi on the Queensland side of the border.  This project will vastly improve the quality of telecommunications across this area and as a result will allow growers to adopt new technology which was previously unavailable due to poor connectivity.

To view the program from AgTeCH18 please click here.

For More Information:

Liz Alexander
Agribusiness Development Coordinator
Mobile: 0429 471 511
Email: ealexander@chdc.com.au