GRDC sponsors student tickets for Riverine Plains Innovation Expo

28 July, 2023
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GRDC sponsors students for Riverine Plains Innovation Expo

Riverine Plains invites tertiary students working towards a degree, diploma or certificate in an agriculture-related field to apply for one of 20 Grains Research and Development Corporation (GRDC) sponsored tickets to the 2023 Riverine Plains Innovation Expo.

The Innovation Expo will be held at Mulwala from 24 – 25 August 2023, with the theme Putting farmers first – driving decisions using data focusing on the increasingly important role that data plays in farming businesses.

Riverine Plains’ CEO, Catherine Marriott, said the Innovation Expo is a fantastic opportunity for farmers, researchers and advisors, as well as students and young people starting out in agriculture, to learn more about the challenges and opportunities created by changes currently occurring across global markets.

“Farmers collect a lot of data on farm and the Expo will cover not only how to use the data to increase productive and profit performance, but also address the importance of data capture to maintain access, particularly into premium markets,” said Ms Marriott

“This is especially important because data capture will also likely impact farmers’ access to financial and insurance products in the future,” she added.

The Innovation Expo aims to explore the ways farmers can prepare themselves and their businesses for these inevitable market changes, either through collecting and using new types of data, or by better using the data they already have.

There are 20 GRDC sponsored tickets available for agriculture students, valued at $500 each, which provide full-event access to the event including the Innovation Conference, Gala Fundraising Dinner and Farm Tour. Sponsored tickets will be allocated on a first in, first served basis.

“GRDC is generously investing in the future of our region, with their support of students attending the Innovation Expo. It is a terrific opportunity for the next generation to learn how farmers can harness their data to improve farm productivity and profitability, while also having the opportunity to network and learn about agriculture in the region more generally,” said Ms Marriott.

The Innovation Expo gets underway with the Riverine Plains Alvan Blanch Australia Innovation Conference on Thursday 24 August.

High-calibre speakers, including Alexandra Gartmann, Chair of the Victorian Agriculture and Climate Change Council and Nigel Hart, Managing Director GRDC will discuss data and the use of new technologies, including data-sharing with end-users, artificial intelligence and privacy.

Brad Egan, 2022 Young Farmer of the Year, will share his experiences of using data for agricultural innovation, profitability and sustainability.

There will also be a farmer panel discussion on how farmers are collecting and using data to make more informed decisions. Panellists includes Nick Ennis from Lawson Grains, Anna Toland from Toland Merino, Brad Egan, Broden Holland and Emma Ayliffe from Summit Ag.

A supply-chain panel discussion, featuring Rohan Jarvis from New Edge Microbials, Keryn McLean from Bayer, Mark Allen from Thera Capital Management, Dwain Duxson from Farm Tender and Chris Stevens from Kellogg’s Australia will provide further insights into how markets are driving data collection.

The Riverine Plains New Edge Microbials Gala Fundraising Dinner will be held on the evening of Thursday 24 August, with renowned comedian Jean Kittson providing the entertainment.

The Riverine Plains Alvan Blanch Australia Farm Tour will be held on Friday 25 August and takes a practical look at how farmers are employing new technologies such as drones, weed-detecting technology and grain dryers to make better and more sustainable farming decisions.

Riverine Plains Innovation Expo program and ticketing information, as well as applications for GRDC sponsored student tickets, are available at https://riverineplains.org.au/innovation-expo-2023/

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Riverine Plains Inc is an independent farming systems group specialising in farmer driven research and extension across north-east Victoria and southern New South Wales. For more information, or to become a member, please visit www.riverineplains.org.au

More Information or Interview:
Corporate Communications Manager, Katherine Seddon 0433 812 889 or katherine@riverineplains.org.au