Sydney, 13 & 14 June 2018

Conference Overview

Digital agriculture is evolving rapidly. Recent industry discussions and conferences have focused on explaining the technology: what is big data, what is blockchain, how will the benefit be realised?

As awareness of available technology matures, it’s time to shift focus to the fundamental enabler in this revolution without which there would be no agriculture, let alone digital agriculture: people.

The Australian Farm Institute Digital Farmers conference on 13–14th June 2018 will explore the role that people play in digital agriculture, and the impact of digital agriculture on people.

Each session will focus on how different groups of stakeholders interact with and become part of the developing digital agriculture landscape.

The Institute’s annual Mid-Year Conference will be held at Doltone House on Jones Bay Wharf in Pyrmont, Sydney, with a gala dinner at the Maritime Museum.

The conference will bring together the leading minds of Australian agriculture and agribusiness in a vital networking event for producers, supply chain providers business managers and policy-makers.

Bringing AgTech to Life

Session Details

Rural Communities

What non-agricultural benefits can agtech bring to communities?
The technology enabling digital agriculture is not bound within the farm gate and has broad application.


Is the rural workforce evolving along with emerging technology?
As ag technology becomes specialised and automated, the roles of farm workers are changing.

Technology Developers

How can agri and tech communities capitalise on mutual opportunities?
Opportunities for start-ups and developers are bringing new groups of people to agriculture.


What support is available to enable farmers to participate in digital agriculture?
Digital agriculture has developed so quickly that most farmers find it to be a confusing space – the benefits are understood but the implementation pathway is anything but clear.


How is the education and training environment changing to accommodate digital agriculture?
As digital adoption accelerates, the knowledge required to support new practices must also change in order to future-proof the agricultural workforce.


How will digital agriculture change the relationship between farmers and consumers?
All agricultural produce eventually ends up the hands of a consumer. Digital agriculture is enabling new relationships with and pathways to consumers.