AgTech conference gets October green light

AgTech conference gets October green light

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Premier SA agtech conference AdvanceAg has been rescheduled to later this year.

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AFTER previously being postponed due to COVID-19 restrictions, premier SA agtech conference AdvanceAg has been rescheduled to October 17-18, to be held at the Adelaide Convention Centre.

The conference, bringing together farmers, cutting-edge technology, businesses, developers, researchers and innovators, has locked in more than 30 exhibitors, over 25 speakers and sold 350 tickets to-date.

Primary Industries and Regional Development Minister David Basham said the October AdvanceAg event would adhere to all COVID-19 protocols in SA.

"There are many people looking forward to attending AdvanceAg and we are excited about the opportunity for collaboration and showcasing technologies for agriculture that are available today," he said.

"The SA government has continued to work with our keynote speakers and other important stakeholders who were due to come from overseas, interstate and across our regions, to ensure AdvanceAg can proceed.

"We look forward to welcoming keynote speaker Peter Wren-Hilton, from AgriTech New Zealand, presenting 'From NZ to SA: Why AgTech is not just another buzzword'.

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"Furthermore, we've added a local flavour to the plenary presentation with Myriota co-founder and chief executive officer, Dr Alex Grant, speaking about satellite technology lifting agriculture.

"AdvanceAg will feature some of the brightest minds in the world of agricultural technology demonstrating how new innovations can help solve real-world problems.

"The conference will include thought-provoking panel sessions and exciting concurrent speakers for a range of sectors including meat, livestock and dairy, grains and broadacre, horticulture, and viticulture.

"The conference will also dive into the latest Agtech topics across monitoring, sensors and imagery, automation, connectivity, IOT and data use, and software."

As AdvanceAg's platinum sponsor, Elders managing director Mark Allison welcomed the news of the event going ahead.

"We see real value in bringing together an audience of producers, technology providers and everyone in between to make this happen - so we are pleased to be returning to the rescheduled AdvanceAg as Platinum and Keynote sponsor," he said.

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