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Tech Talk NFF Congress recap

The NFF’s National Congress was held in Canberra late last month. We’ve been releasing video footage of key sessions for those who want to recap the discussion. This week, it’s time to revisit our Tech Talk panel session.

The session unpacked Aussie agtech and and what the future may hold with leading technologists including Peter Gurney from NBN Co, Dr Salah Sukkarieh from the Centre for Field Robotics at the University of Sydney, Emma Weston the Founder of AgriDigital, Sarah Nolet from AgThentic and Warren Jennings from Telstra.

Scroll to bottom of page for the full video.

The audience knew that this panel session would be one of the main highlights of day one when the Founder of AgriDigital Emma Weston was asked if agtech is real. She replied: ““Yes… I don’t care what you call it, but there are problems there and we’re working to solve them.”

“The last few years have seen radical changes in the economics of getting connectivity to remote areas,” Warren Jennings from Telstra said.

Peter Gurney from NBN Co recognised that Australian farmers are the leaders in agtech.

“We need to work with the professionals who are creating smart farms to share case studies and information. We need a trusted advisor model,” he said.

“We’re seeing a lot of #agtech momentum in Australia, but the part that’s missing is engagement with growers: early and often,” Sarah Nolet from AgThentic explained.

“We need a clear technology roadmap to guide investment by researchers and startups in coming years,” Salah Sukkarieh from the University of Sydney said.

See the link below for the full video of the Tech Talk panel session on day 1 of the NFF 2018 National Congress.

Watch this space for more footage from the NFF 2018 National Congress in coming weeks.

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