Producer Technology Uptake Program (Pilot)

AgriFutures Australia is deliverig an exciting new pilot program focused on supporting producers to increase the uptake and adoption of technology within their agriculture, fishing or forestry business. Digital technologies are critical to increased productivity through optimising input use, more timely decision-making, labour savings, and improved market access.

The program is designed to work with existing producer networks, who know and understand the needs of producers in their region as well as producer maturity in terms of digital literacy and capacity for technology uptake.

In addition to having access to an online technology adoption hub and delivering a tailored workshop, eligible producer groups can apply for up to $20,000 to develop a bespoke program to specifically support producers in their group to start or continue their technology adoption journey.

The pilot commenced in the first half of 2021, involving 20 producer groups nationally.

Who is the program targeting?

The program targets producers that are interested and willing to innovate and adopt technology, but may lack the knowledge, skills or experience to achieve it.

We know that there are a range of barriers to on-farm technology adoption, including

  • producers overwhelmed with options
  • lack of local support or advisory services
  • lack of individual skills or knowledge around technology and its application
  • the value proposition or return on investment is not clear, and
  • integration of technology across multiple systems, eg. software applications.

The program targets producers who may not have kicked off plans to adopt technology in their business but want to overcome some of these barriers to begin. The program is not designed for “early” technology adopters, ie. those that have developed skills and are already well established technology users, but it is an asset to have their input as part of the program.

What will the program deliver?

The pilot program is focused on delivering practical support, knowledge and capacity, to farmers, fishers and foresters, to adopt technology solutions in their business. The program will achieve this through three deliverables:

1.Online information hub: 

a. Access to an online hub of information specifically designed for producers who want to get involved in technology adoption but do not know where to start. The hub aims to demystify the language around technology adoption and provide helpful tools and resources to start producers on their agtech adoption journey.

b. The hub will also feature case studies, tools, guides and links to useful information.

2.Producer technology workshops: 

a. Successful grant recipients will have access to a bespoke Producer Technology Adoption workshop to be delivered by trained experts, experienced in working with farmers to plan their technology needs and develop practical steps to implementation.

b. Groups will have the opportunity to tailor content to their specific level of maturity and identified need. The workshops are an essential part of the grant, more information is provided below.

3.Producer group grants: 

a. Successful producer groups have been granted up to $20,000 to build a practical technology uptake program targeting producers. Successful grant recipients recive access to the workshops automatically.

b. Grants are available to develop tailored opportunities to complement the workshop, encourage ongoing implementation and ensure that activity doesn’t end at the completion of the workshop.

Timeframe for delivery

The pilot is currently running, with current round activities are expected to be completed by 31 May 2022.

Current participants

To learn more about current participants, click the blue icons on the map below.

2021 Producer Technology Uptake Program: Producer group grant recipients
Producer Group Project
Upper North Farming Systems Incorporating digital farming for improved productivity in the Upper North of South Australia
Monaro Farming Systems Practical technology uptake on The Monaro – hosting a regional agricultural technology symposium
Riverine Plains Inc Innovation uptake program
Griffith and District Citrus Growers Association Skills and knowledge development of advanced telemetry enabled digital irrigation monitoring technologies
Stirlings to Coast Farmers Inc Improving farm water use efficiency – digital technology implementation and training to improve overall on-farm productivity and improve farm water-use efficiencies
Fruit Growers Victoria Fruit Tech 2021
Macquarie Cotton Growers Association Digitally enabled cotton farms – back to basics
Australian Native Food Industry Limited Building technology adoption capability in the native ag and food sector
South Australian Growers Ltd Intensive horticulture advanced technology outreach and adoption program
Food and Agribusiness Network Limited FAN agtech farm trail
Woorak farming community group Soil moisture sensor network in the medium/low rainfall environment in the Northern Wimmera
Western Australian Pork Producers Association (Inc) Data Pig™ implementation pilot program
Southern Growers Incorporated Encouraging adoption of cost efficient, accurate moisture monitoring in the irrigated farming system
West Midlands Group Clarifying the value proposition for farmers when considering variable rate (VR) fertiliser application to improve uptake of variable rate technology
Sunraysia Citrus Growers Skills and knowledge development of advanced digital irrigation telemetry monitoring technologies
Australian Tea Tree Industry Association Members Evaluating a remote sensing ‘Time Series’ approach for monitoring seasonal variability in tree health and yield forecasting in tea tree
Victorian Strawberry Growers Association Inc Agtech workshops and adoption strategy
Macintyre Ag Alliance Getting connected with LoRaWAN
Viticulture Society of the Canberra District Incorporated Association Digital viticulture technology for the Canberra Wine District
Buckleboo Farm Improvement Group Incorporated Enabling farmers to understand and utilise useful agtech developments

 

 

Contact

Ulicia Raufers

Manager, Innovation

programs@agrifutures.com.au