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The Future of AgTech with Graciela Metternicht

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It is important for the future of sustainability and the planet that we keep pushing the limits of Earth Observation technologies in support of landscape productivity. Continuing the conversation with Professor Graciela Metternicht, we discuss the potential of AgTech in supporting both farming and environmental sustainability. “The potential [of AgTech] is mind blowing, there are…

The Power of Communication

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In Conversation with Graciela Metternicht Professor Graciela Metternicht has just taken up a new role as Dean of Science at Western Sydney University, and is currently running several research teams, has students to supervise, and until recently managed the Communications and Enabling Environment activities of the COALA project. As busy as she is, you might…

In Conversation with Tim McClelland

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Windarra Farm is a six and a half thousand hectare property, home to Tim McClelland and his family. The property is bright with vast green fields, the bustle of working dogs, and at the right time of the year, poddy lambs. Tim is a fourth-generation farmer, his family has been responsible for Windarra Farm since…

In Conversation with Kate Finger

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Following wide open highways and flowering canola paddocks you will find Birchip, a small town 300kms northwest of Melbourne. Along with a bakery awarded the best vanilla slice in Australia, Birchip is also home to Birchip Cropping Group (BCG). A few doors down from the famous bakery is Kate Finger’s office. Kate is a Research…

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Farmer ambivalence when it comes to new technologies

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To adopt or not to adopt Research only translates to commercialisation when it is practically driven. In 2017 when a group of researchers from CSIRO and the University of Western Australia tried to predict farmer uptake of new agricultural practices (including products and technologies), they focused on researcher design rather than farmer uptake (Figure 1)….

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Australia’s State of the Environment Report reveals ecological health of the country

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The State of the Environment Report is Australia’s scorecard for all things environmental, delivered once every five years.The grades are in; and the nation has some work to do. This in-depth analysis of our ecological health has been compiled by more than 30 leading scientists designed to track and monitor environmental changes in our country….

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Agtech in Australia

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Agriculture in Australia Agriculture has enormous social and monetary value in Australia. Farmers grow over 90% of Australia’s domestic food supply at home, employing more than 2% of the national workforce. Australia’s population is growing steadily —at about 1.4 % per year— driving demand for Aussie-grown produce. However, a recent report raises concerns about the…

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Tell us what you want, what you really, really, want

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What does co-creation and consulting with our end-users tell us? Many people make products before actually checking out what the people who will use this product want or need. These products don’t necessarily serve the demands they were created for. They can also have user interfaces that don’t suit the customer’s needs. Consequently, they have…

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Socially And Environmentally Aware Business Design

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The importance of understanding the context of business operation A sound understanding of the context in which projects such as COALA operate plays an important role throughout their lifespan. Successful business design activities define the commercial direction for the project and the strategy for its arrival on the market. We consider several interrelated factors that…

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Australian farms hit by catastrophic floods

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Economic loss Australian farms are worth more money than ever before. The value of Australian agriculture in 2021-22 is expected to be $81 billion, says the Australian Bureau of Agricultural and Resource Economics and Sciences (ABARES). But this good news may not be applicable for all farmers. Farmers in the northern part of New South…