Digital Innovation and Northern Victoria Food Opportunities

Digital revolution and on-farm innovation and productivity have been cited as major opportunities for the agricultural food sector in Northern Victoria in a recently published report, “Food opportunities in Northern Victoria”.

The report states that in order to realise the industry’s potential, “both business and government need to take bold steps to think laterally and invest in developing areas of business, incorporate new technologies, attract capital, promote the sector and optimise opportunities.”

In 2013 statistics produced by the Regional Australia Institute revealed the Northern Victoria region faced a number of challenges in comparison to other regions in Australia...

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Download the materials from the NBN Co and NICTA Food Security and Technology Forum

NBN Co and NICTA Food Security conducted workshops in Sydney and Melbourne in June 2013 to discuss how Australian agriculture can benefit from improvements in technology.  Some of Australia’s leading researchers and developers presented their research and there were demonstrations from National ICT Australia (NICTA), CSIRO, and NBN Co.Topics included:
- An overview and update on the NBN
- NICTA’s role in food security
- Biosecurity
- Transport and logistics
- Sensors in farming and water use applications
- Cloud software designed for agriculture
- Groundwater modellingThe workshops concluded with a Tour of NICTA’s research facilities.

You can download some of the material from the day below:

1. NBN Co


3. WIN – Water Information Networks

4. FarmNet

5. Groundwater Modelling


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Case Study – The Farm Store

Source: The Farm Store, 2013

We recently spoke to Megan Atar from ‘The Farm Store Australia’ – a supplier of farming equipment – about her business, recent changes they have made, and the importance of utilising new technology in order to better serve the needs of their customers.

Background Information

With a background in telecommunications and farming, Megan now runs one of the state’s largest commercial Boer goat farms. As a natural offshoot of their sister company – Seven Hills Tallarook – The Farm Store provides farming supplies from a range of over 100,000 products to farmers and farm owners around the world.

How are the needs of your customers changing? What products and services will they need over the next 5-10 years?

By operating online The Farm Store hopes to pr...

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Report – Remote Data Use In Agriculture


We recently came across a report by The Wimmera Development Association (WDA) describing their findings on their project “Remote Data Use in Agriculture”. The project undertook extensive regional survey work to benchmark the current use of information and communications technology (ICT) in the agricultural sector of the Wimmera Southern Mallee region. Below is a summary of some of the key findings from the project.

“Agriculture is fast becoming one of Australia’s most technologically advanced industries, however it still has some of the country’s lowest levels of phone and data reception. Farmers need information to be reliable to within a minute in order to make informed decisions, and to get the most from efficiency improving technology. The National Broadband Network (NBN) could u...

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Case Study – Woodbine Dairy Farm

We recently spoke with Nick and his brother Tony about their farm ‘Woodbine’ and how for them utilising new technology is an important investment. We discussed the recent changes they have made in order to better serve their customers’ needs.

Background Information

Nick & brother Tony farm together and are the third generation on the property which runs ‘Woodbine’ – a 790 cow dairy farm in Northern Victoria.

How has your organisation adapted to respond to these changing customer needs? How is the rest of your industry changing?

Over the last 18 months they have introduced a pipe and rise irrigation system to approximately 50% of the farm.  This will increase to approximately 70% in the next 12 months...

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Case Study: Agworld – Farm Management Where You Need It

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We spoke to Scott McKinnon, Corporate Sales & Business Strategy Manager of Agworld, about their successful Agworld software & app and how it has helped people in the agricultural industry better their business.

Tell us a bit about your organisation. (e.g. brief history; products and services; your market and customers, key challenges)

Headquartered in Perth, WA Agworld builds cloud based software that works through a web browser or iPad/iPhone to connect growers with their farms. The company’s core mission is to increase the profitability of farmers through collaboration, as well as allowing the mobility of data among all interested parties to be shared – especially between farmers, agronomists and contractors. For example, a farm owner using the software is ab...

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BCG Grains Research Expo – Learn All Things Digital

Image Source: BCG Website, 2013

What: Birchip Cropping Group (BCG) Grains Research Expo

When: 4th July 2013

Where: Birchip P-12 School

Who should attend: Farmers, farm advisers, farm owners and anyone working in the agricultural sector.

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Thank you to everyone who attended the Digital AgricultureHow high speed broadband and digital technologies will help you increase profitability and productivity webinar yesterday evening.

For those of you who could not make it here is the recording of the webinar.

We would love to know what you thought about the webinar. If you liked it please share it or leave your comments below.


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Trace Your Livestock With The NLIS

To ensure that livestock has not moved off your property, moved onto your property or become sick, the Australian red meat industry has implemented a national system to ensure the quality and safety of beef, lamb, sheepmeat and goatmeat (MLA, 2013). This is extremely important to any livestock business who want to manage their livestock in an ethical, transparent and easy manner.

What is the National Livestock Identification System and how does it work?

NLIS is Australia’s system for the identification and tracing of livestock. It brings together three different factors:

    • Use of the property identification code (PIC) to determine physical location for the animal/s
    • a RFID animal identifier (a visual or electronic tag)
    • a method of correlation and storage (a web accessible database)


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Webinar – Thursday 13th June

Title: Digital Agriculture – How high speed broadband and digital technologies will help you increase profitability and productivity

When: 6pm, Thursday 13th June 2013.

Cost: Free

To register click here:

The National Broadband Network (NBN) will deliver High Speed Broadband speeds to everyone in Australia. By 2015 even farmers in the most remote parts of Australia can expect to start receiving high speed broadband services that will change the way they work and live.


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