Riverine Plains Innovation EXPO 9-11 February

7 January, 2022

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Innovation has always been a key part of farming and Riverine Plains Inc are excited to be hosting the inaugural Riverine Plains Innovation EXPO in Yarrawonga/Mulwala, from 9-11 February, 2022.

The three-day EXPO is designed for farmers and industry with a focus on innovation, connection and knowledge sharing, under the theme “Farming Ahead of the Curve”.

Riverine Plains CEO, Ms Catherine Marriott, explained that the EXPO was all about challenging the status quo and exploring how farming businesses could grow and adapt through innovative ideas and by connecting with experts across the industry.

“Riverine Plains has a tradition of bringing new research and ideas to farmers in the region and we are thrilled that the EXPO will take this to the next level by presenting forward-thinking, practical speakers and by introducing farmers to businesses which can help address some of their most pressing production and profitability issues,” said Ms Marriott.

Day 1 of the Riverine Plains Innovation EXPO program begins with Riverine Plains – Upton Engineering Welcome Drinks on the evening of Wednesday 9 February.

Day 2 of the program features the Innovation Field Day (10 February, 2022), to be held on the Yarrawonga Foreshore, and provides farmers and industry with opportunities to interact with dozens of businesses and organisations delivering innovative on-farm technologies and services.

The Field Day will be followed by the Riverine Plains – New Edge Microbials Black Tie Gala Dinner and Charity Auction, which is a chance for farmers and industry to enjoy themselves socially, while raising money for the Riverine Plains Scholarship Fund.

Day 3 (Friday 11 February) includes the headline event, the Riverine Plains – Seed Force Innovation Conference, which features an impressive line-up of industry leaders and knowledge powerhouses who will challenge and inspire.

Conference speakers include Mary O’Brien (Are you bogged Mate?), who will speak on men’s health, Hannah Janson (Rural Bank) who will provide a different perspective on farm assets, and Richard Heath (Australian Farm Institute) who will address sustainability markets.

There will also be a strong focus on technology, with Phil Tickle (Cibo Labs) presenting on agtech in supply chains, Fiona Lake (Rural Drone Academy) addressing drone myths, and Jon Medway (Charles Sturt University) speaking on making agtech pay. Cam Nicholson (Nicon Rural Services) will also address decision making on farm, before a panel session featuring John Wood (GRDC), Jason Strong (MLA), Tony Mahar (NFF), and Tim Reeves (UoM) will focus on how innovation, research and agtech can help individuals and the industry capitalise on opportunities.

“From leveraging personal value, farm assets, and natural resources to optimising profits through on-farm tech and understanding externalities to better manage your farm enterprise, there will be something of value for everyone” said Ms Marriott.

“We look forward to joining with the local farming community at the EXPO in February and encourage people to come along and connect with some of the inspiring speakers and businesses that will attend this event” she added.

All-inclusive or individual event tickets can be purchased at https://riverineplains.org.au/rpexpo21/

The Riverine Plains Innovation EXPO is supported by funding from AgriFutures Australia and by funding from the Australian Government’s National Recovery and Resilience Agency and is brought to you with the support of Strategic Sponsor, Destination NSW.

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: Emily Thompson, Riverine Plains Inc (03 5744 1713) or email emily@riverineplains.org.au