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P2D Summary Report – Accelerating precision agriculture to decision agriculture: Enabling digital agriculture in Australia

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Implementing the recommendations from the P2D project will set the stage for increasing the profitability of producers, providing clarity and trust in data ownership and access rights, and stimulating an innovation environment that facilitates the development and adoption of technology. This Summary Report brings together the key findings and aggregates the 67 detailed recommendations into 13 key recommendations. It also provides direction on the next steps required to implement the recommendations.


Digital agriculture and big data tools developed by the project.

The following web based tools have been developed through this research:

Data to Decisions CRC – A big data reference architecture for digital agriculture

CSIRO DATA61 – Register of cross-sectoral agricultural and environmental datasets and decision support tools

Griffith University and USC – An online grower toolbox, best practice guidance material for growers and industry


Research findings and recommendations: Overview

Download P2D Precision to Decision Agriculture Overview CRDC

Agribusiness Forum PowerPoints and Presentations

P2D Industry Stakeholder or Agribusiness Forum PowerPoint slides

Webinar presentation of David Lamb UNE report

Webinar presentation of Andrew Skinner Data to Decisions CRC report


Thank you for your interest and participation in this project. Your input in developing the direction for digital agriculture for your industry is much appreciated.

Feedback on the Summary and Overview reports can be sent to:

Dr Rohan Rainbow email: admin@cropprotectionaustralia.com
Project Leader – Accelerating Precision Agriculture 2 Decision Agriculture
Consultant to the Cotton Research & Development Corporation


Six P2D reports commissioned to address key areas that are constraining digital agriculture moving towards its promised potential in Australia include:

1. Producer survey of digital agriculture

The needs and drivers for the present and future of digital agriculture in Australia.

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A cross-industries producer survey for the Rural R&D for Profit ‘Precision to Decision’ (P2D) project. CSIRO, and Cotton Research and Development Corporation. Email report questions and feedback to – emma.jakku@csiro.au


2. Data connectivity for digital agriculture

A review of on-farm telecommunications challenges and opportunities in supporting a digital agriculture future for Australia.

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University of New England, and Cotton Research and Development Corporation. Email report questions and feedback to – dlamb@une.edu.au

Webinar presentation of David Lamb UNE report


3. Legal aspects of digital agriculture and trust

The legal dimensions of digital agriculture in Australia: An examination of the current and future state of data rules dealing with ownership, access, privacy and trust.

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Griffith University, USC Australia, and Cotton Research and Development Corporation. Email report questions and feedback to – l.wiseman@griffith.edu.au and jsander4@usc.edu.au


4. Data sources for use in digital agriculture

Current and future state of agricultural data for digital agriculture in Australia.

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CSIRO and CRDC. Email report questions and feedback to – Ross.Darnell@data61.csiro.au


5. A big data reference architecture for digital agriculture

A big data reference architecture for digital agriculture in Australia.

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Data to Decisions CRC, and Cotton Research and Development Corporation. Email report questions and feedback to – D2DCRC@Base64

Webinar presentation of Andrew Skinner Data to Decisions CRC report


6. Economic benefit and strategies for digital agriculture

Analysis of the economic benefit and strategies for delivery of digital agriculture in Australia.

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Australian Farm Institute, and Cotton Research and Development Corporation. Email report questions and feedback to – heathr@farminstitute.org.au



Industry Stakeholder Forums – Producer and agricultural industry feedback on the Summary and Technical reports is welcomed

  • Delivered 27 November 2017: 1 pm – 4 pm, Federal Golf Club, Red Hill, Canberra ACT
  • Delivered 28 November 2017: 9 am – 12 noon ESDT, Clifton’s Level 3, 10 Spring St, Sydney NSW plus Webinar

These forum’s were organised to communicate outcomes from all P2D projects and targeted stakeholders with an interest in the development of digital agriculture in Australia.


Agribusiness Forum – Agribusiness feedback on the Summary and Technical reports is welcomed

  • Delivered 28 November 2017: 1 pm – 4 pm ESDT, Clifton’s Level 3, 10 Spring St, Sydney NSW plus Webinar

This forum communicated outcomes from all P2D projects and was targeted more specifically at stakeholders involved in agribusiness and the delivery of digital agriculture products and services.

The purpose of the Forums was to detail P2D project findings and recommendations that:
  • Identify cases where the use of digital agricultural applications and use of data is likely to have high-impact profitability and productivity benefits.
  • Involve a detailed analysis of the current and future economic benefits of digital agriculture in Australia, examining the projected use and benefits to farm business decision making, risk management and profitability.
  • Evaluate the options, merits and risks of business models to take advantage of digital technologies in the Australian agricultural sector.