Producer Technology Uptake Program

Fast-tracking on-farm and on-boat technology adoption is the aim of AgriFutures Australia’s Producer Technology Uptake Program.

Building on the success of the 2021 pilot, AgriFutures Australia is again offering producer groups who represent farmers, fishers and foresters, funding to deliver a bespoke capacity development program to support their members to adopt technology solutions within their business.

The program is designed to work with existing producer networks, who know and understand the needs of producers in their region as well as producer maturity in terms of digital literacy and capacity for technology uptake.

This is a national program and projects are to be completed over a twelve-month period. AgriFutures Australia will work closely with successful groups to support the roll out of program activities. A key part of the program is to leverage learnings across groups and ensure there is peer-to-peer learning across producers.

Applications closed 12pm Wednesday 10 November.

Who is the program targeting?

The program targets producers that are interested and willing to innovate and adopt technology, but may lack the knowledge, skills or experience to achieve it.

We know that there are a range of barriers to on-farm technology adoption, including:

  • producers overwhelmed with options
  • lack of local support or advisory services
  • lack of individual skills or knowledge around technology and its application
  • the value proposition or return on investment is not clear, and
  • integration of technology across multiple systems, eg. software applications.

The program targets producers who may not have kicked off plans to adopt technology in their business but want to overcome some of these barriers to begin.

The program is not designed for “early” technology adopters, ie. those that have developed skills and are already well established technology users, but it is an asset to have their input as part of the program.

What is a producer group?

We recognise that the definition of ‘producer group’ can be wide and varied, so we have provided some guidance below. If you’re still unsure if your group meets the criteria, reach out to us at programs@agrifutures.com.au

  • Existing groups that currently deliver capacity building and on-farm extension activities, e.g. Farming systems groups, grower groups etc
  • Agribusinesses who have formed groups around their client base and can deliver technology adoption activities, e.g. agronomists, benchmarking groups
  • Landcare groups that deliver on-ground producer training and extension opportunities with an interest in producer technology adoption.
  • An industry group/association/organisation with a pre-existing extension arm that undertakes research and extension activities with producers.

Groups will be required to demonstrate their experience and capacity to deliver their proposed program. If you have any questions about your group’s eligibility for this program, please contact programs@agrifutures.com.au

Is my group eligible

If you answer ‘yes’ to the following criteria, then you are eligible to apply.

  • Is your group based in Australia?
  • Does your group* represent producer members (farmers, fishers or foresters)?
  • Are you currently registered with an ABN?
  • Does your group have at least 10 producers committed to participating in the program?
  • Does your group have experience in managing grants, including financial and reporting systems?
  • Would participation in the program genuinely benefit producers in your group?

*As defined under ‘what is a producer group’. If you have any questions about your groups’ eligibility, please reach out to us at programs@agrifutures.com.au

To ensure funding reaches as many groups as possible to support on-ground technology adoption, producer groups that have previously received funding under AgriFutures Australia’s Producer Technology Uptake Program will not be eligible to apply for future rounds.

Frequently Asked Questions

A list of frequently asked questions and answers can be found here. Can’t find what you’re looking for, reach out to us at programs@agrifutures.com.au

Current participants

To learn more about current participants, click the blue icons on the map below.

2021 Producer Technology Uptake Program: Producer group grant recipients
Producer Group Project
Upper North Farming Systems Incorporating digital farming for improved productivity in the Upper North of South Australia
Monaro Farming Systems Practical technology uptake on The Monaro – hosting a regional agricultural technology symposium
Riverine Plains Inc Innovation uptake program
Griffith and District Citrus Growers Association Skills and knowledge development of advanced telemetry enabled digital irrigation monitoring technologies
Stirlings to Coast Farmers Inc Improving farm water use efficiency – digital technology implementation and training to improve overall on-farm productivity and improve farm water-use efficiencies
Fruit Growers Victoria Fruit Tech 2021
Macquarie Cotton Growers Association Digitally enabled cotton farms – back to basics
Australian Native Food Industry Limited Building technology adoption capability in the native ag and food sector
South Australian Growers Ltd Intensive horticulture advanced technology outreach and adoption program
Food and Agribusiness Network Limited FAN agtech farm trail
Woorak farming community group Soil moisture sensor network in the medium/low rainfall environment in the Northern Wimmera
Western Australian Pork Producers Association (Inc) Data Pig™ implementation pilot program
Southern Growers Incorporated Encouraging adoption of cost efficient, accurate moisture monitoring in the irrigated farming system
West Midlands Group Clarifying the value proposition for farmers when considering variable rate (VR) fertiliser application to improve uptake of variable rate technology
Sunraysia Citrus Growers Skills and knowledge development of advanced digital irrigation telemetry monitoring technologies
Australian Tea Tree Industry Association Members Evaluating a remote sensing ‘Time Series’ approach for monitoring seasonal variability in tree health and yield forecasting in tea tree
Victorian Strawberry Growers Association Inc Agtech workshops and adoption strategy
Macintyre Ag Alliance Getting connected with LoRaWAN
Viticulture Society of the Canberra District Incorporated Association Digital viticulture technology for the Canberra Wine District
Buckleboo Farm Improvement Group Incorporated Enabling farmers to understand and utilise useful agtech developments

 

 

Contact

Ulicia Raufers

Manager, Innovation

programs@agrifutures.com.au

 

 

 

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