Innovative Drought Resilience Solutions Showcased at evokeAG. conference

The eight Australian Drought Resilience Adoption and Innovation Hubs will join forces at the premier agrifood tech conference evokeAG. on 20 and 21 February, providing a united front to address one of the most pressing challenges facing agricultural communities – an increasingly variable climate.

The Drought Resilience Adoption and Innovation Hubs are funded by the Australian Government’s $5 billion Future Drought Fund program, and aim to improve the drought resilience and preparedness of local farmers and their communities and foster agricultural innovation.

EvokeAG. delegates will have the opportunity to learn about some of the diverse initiatives undertaken by the Northern Australian, Tropical North Queensland, Southern Queensland Northern NSW, Southern NSW, South Australian, Tasmanian, Victorian and South-West WA Hubs at their joint exhibitor booth.

Victoria Drought Resilience Adoption and Innovation Hub Director, Professor Michael Tausz, notes that all the Hubs have extensive networks in their regions to consult with stakeholders and identify priority needs and solutions.

“In addition to addressing their region-specific needs, the eight Hubs collectively form a unique collaborative national network, which identifies and addresses shared issues and solutions,” Professor Tausz said.

“Our mission to connect stakeholders to advance drought and climate resilience and preparedness through research, development, extension, adoption and commercialisation is intimately linked to agricultural innovation.

“As many other Hubs, the Vic Hub employs an Innovation Broker, supported by AgriFutures, and we are looking forward to the networking and knowledge exchange opportunities at this prime innovation event in the ag and food sector.”

Following the evokeAG. conference, the South-West WA Drought Resilience Adoption and Innovation Hub (SW WA Hub), led by the Grower Group Alliance, will host a two-day tour, offering a first-hand look at innovative water systems in the Wheatbelt and South-West regions of Western Australia.

SW WA Hub Knowledge Broker Tanya Kilminster said the tour is a unique opportunity for key project staff from the eight Drought Hubs and international evokeAG.  delegates to network and exchange knowledge.

“The tour will showcase outcomes from current projects initiated by the SW WA Hub and demonstrate how they can be put into practice on farms with a similar climate to the South-West of WA.

“It is also an opportunity to explore potential joint projects aimed at addressing the challenges of drought and water scarcity in the Australian agricultural sector,” Ms Kilminster said.

This tour, subsidised by the Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development, will showcase the following SW WA Hub-led projects:

  • Visit of a WaterSmart Dams site in the Wheatbelt. The WaterSmart Dams project aims to develop knowledge and water planning tools to improve dam designs and empower farmers to make water investment decisions with confidence.
  • Showcase of how a vineyard uses cover crops, soil moisture and thermal imaging technology to alleviate water needs during temperature extremes.
  • Demonstration of a spray-on biodegradable mulch, which has the potential to save soil water and improve crop performance in horticultural systems.
  • Visit of an orchard that has implemented soil moisture monitoring technology to optimise water use.

 

The evokeAG. conference and the South-West of WA tour promise to provide a platform for shared learning, collaboration, and the potential development of sustainable solutions that can benefit Australian farmers across diverse climatic regions.

evokeAG., organised by AgriFutures Australia, connects the agrifood innovation community across the Asia Pacific region and around the world. The conference provides a platform for producers to share their experiences, startups to pitch their potential, scientists to showcase their discoveries, and global business leaders and industry experts to share their insights.

For more information or to register, visit the evokeAG.  2024 website page at https://www.evokeag.com/evokeag-2024/.