Roles of Governments in providing food sufficiency and developing rural economies

1 Nicola Morris , Agribusiness Executive , Tasmania ,

The Tasmanian Government has set an ambitious AgriVision 2050 target.

To see the farm gate value of Tasmanian agriculture reach $10 billion by 2050 .

This paper will review performance of the Tasmanian agricultural sector to date and then discuss how, if at all, the State Government has influenced this performance .

Leading on from this , the paper will consider the wider subject of what role a government could or should have in providing food sufficiency and developing rural economies .

Is the Government an enabler , a leader , a  producer , or indeed a derailer?


Key Words

Agricultural performance

Government role

Agrivision 205


People in Agriculture, attracting and training the next generation

Andrew Harris1, Stephen Ives2

1 Department of Education, Tasmania,

2 University College, University of Tasmania,

Food and fibre production currently contribute almost $3 billion annually to the Tasmanian economy. However, whilst the Tasmanian Government has a target value for the agricultural sector of $10 billion by 2050, encouraging young people to enter agriculture and related industries to support that target has been a challenge. Since 2015, key government and university initiatives have improved the education pathway for Tasmanian students from primary school to a career in food and fibre production economy. Andrew and Stephen will provide an overview of these initiatives and how changes in educational thinking and pedagogical approaches aim to inspire the next generation of industry leaders.

Key Words

Education, pathway, careers

External influences affecting farming and farmer

Dr Mirjana Prica1

1 Food Innovation Australia, 11 Julius Avenue, North Ryde, NSW 2113 

Global markets are changing rapidly and often unpredictably (e.g. Brexit, Trump initiated trade wars etc).  The world population is also projected to reach 9.8 billion by 2050,[1] with most growth to occur in Asia. This is resulting in the growth of consuming classes who are becoming more discerning and wanting cleaner, more nutritious and sustainable food that meet both individual and cultural needs of consumers at home and internationally.  All of these external drivers provide an opportunity for the Australian Food & Agribusiness sector to enhance its capability to adapt and satisfy this growing demand. This capability development can take many forms including: gains in productivity, growing new types of crops, development of new foods, identifying and developing new markets and the adoption of new technologies. This talk will explore the importance of raising the industry’s awareness of these influences and how we adapt to a constantly changing landscape.

Key Words

Capability development, changing marketplace, innovation and culture


Tickets please! Train leaves in 30min …

Mr. Jesse Reader 1

1Bosch Australia, 1555 Centre Rd, Clayton, Victoria, Australia, 3168


The train is about to leave the station, I’m not sure where it’s going yet, but I know you need to be on it!

It’s 2019 and one of the world’s least digitised industries, Agriculture, is increasingly finding itself and the centre of many boardroom discussions across the globe – but why?

Population pressure, tight margins, plateauing yields and the ever-present climatic uncertainty are creating strong demand for new solutions and with decreasing technology costs and the proliferation of connected devices, hundreds of companies are on an aggressive path to disrupt Agriculture and drive a global AgTech boom.

Sensors communicating through farm networks, data analytics companies applying latest machine learning techniques and on farm robotics & automation is just some of the technology underpinning the new farm ecosystem.   So let’s explore the emerging landscape and the potential impact it will have on your farming operation.


Key Words

AgTech, Connectivity, Automation, Robotics, Sensors, Disruption, Analytics.

Genomics in our Agriculture Future

Kevin Smith1,

1The University of Melbourne, Private Bag 105, Hamilton, Vic 3300,


Science is in the ‘Omics’ era and genomics in its broadest sense is already impacting on the way that plant and animal breeding is developing and delivering novel genetics on farm.  When people think of genetic modification or biotechnology they most commonly associate these terms with crops like soybean or corn where there has been large scale adoption of genetically modified cultivars.  However, whilst genomics includes these it goes much broader.  Knowledge of the genome sequence of individuals has enabled genomic selection and the publication of genomic breeding values that have routinely seen large increases in rates of genetic gain and the inclusion of novel traits in breeding programs. This paper will review how these technologies have revolutionised breeding programs in crop plants, forages and animals.  New technologies such as genome editing have the potential to achieve some of the outcomes that would otherwise have required genetic modification and without the associated regulatory burden.  The challenge is to package these technologies appropriately and demonstrate their value on-farm.

Key Words

Genomics, genetics, breeding, genomic selection, gene editing.

Hardware – robotics, precision farming, automation

In this talk I will present a decade long development in field robotic solutions for agriculture from the University of Sydney. The robotics have been applied across a wide range of commodities including grazing livestock, horticulture and grains. For the development of these technologies the focus has been on the close synergy between the robotic platforms and implements, with intelligent sensing and machine learning techniques.

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