This is a final opportunity to book an extra-long weekend with a difference – one where you can take in a smart farm tour and an evening of expert insights from industry leaders about Internet of Things (IoT) and connectivity on farms, then treat your taste buds at Orange FOOD Week which will take place at the same time.

The Digital Food & Agribusiness event is a key event on the Australian agtech calendar and will take place in Orange, NSW, on April 7. It will be hosted by agriculture and food technology accelerator SparkLabs Cultiv8 and sponsored by nbn Australia. It is part of the IoT Insights Series produced by Australia’s peak IoT industry body IoT Alliance Australia (IoTAA) in collaboration with IoT Hub.

The Australian food and agribusiness sector has been described as one of the least digitised sectors on the planet. But in the last five years IoT has been a game changer in enabling digital agriculture.

Attend this event to listen to and network with producers and growers and other experts, innovators and industry leaders, who will explore how IoT is helping to digitally transform Australian agriculture.

At lunchtime on the 7th, you can enjoy a free lunch and tour an apple and cherry orchard with the NSW Department of Primary Industries (DPI) team and orchadist Ian Pearce, who will show and explain digital technology installed in the orchard and how it’s helping Ian make decisions and improve resilience to climate change. The site features a LoRaWAN network with sensors installed to adapt to climate variability, drought/water management and to assist decision making.

Connectivity remains a headache for farm IoT deployments, so during the evening event, speakers will demystify NB-IoT, Cat-M1, 5G, LoRaWAN and satellite IoT connectivity. Representatives from Fleet, Telstra, NNNCo, Meshed, Myriota and nbn will take part in this session.

Producers and growers from different commodity sectors will also share their experiences adopting digital agriculture solutions during the evening event.

And attendees will hear about return on investment from IoT that evening. GoannaAg CEO Alicia Garden and CSIRO Senior Research Scientist Rose Roche will talk about getting “more crop from each drop”.

KPMG Partner & Head of AgTech Ben van Delden and Meat & Livestock Australia Group Manager of Science and Innovation Michael Lee will discuss the Red Meat AgTech ROI Calculator.

And Charles Sturt University Professor of Food Sustainability, Niall Blair, will talk about IoT device testing and provisioning.

IoT Insights, Digital Food & Agribusiness event:

  • (UPDATED) Location: The GATE (Global AgTech Ecosystem), 1447 Forest Rd, Orange NSW 2800
  • Date: 7 April, 2022
  • Time: 4pm – 6:30pm, followed by drinks and networking until 8pm

This event coincides with Orange FOOD Week, but you will need to book quickly as accommodation has been selling fast!

See the full agenda and book your ticket.