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A cohort of global agrifood startups will pitch their ideas to a shark tank panel of farmers at a unique agricultural innovation event in northern Tasmania this week.

The TAS Farm Innovation Hub is partnering with Startupbootcamp Foodtech Tasmania for the Innovate Ag Tas Meetup on Wednesday, 1 November at the Longford RSL.

The TAS hub’s Innovation Knowledge Broker, Sophie Folder, said the event would interest farmers, technology enthusiasts or those just curious about ag innovation.

“This is great opportunity to bring farmers, service providers and industry together with leading global innovators to network, share ideas, knowledge and feedback on what it takes for technology and innovation to be successful,” Mrs Folder said.

“It will be interesting to see the five global agrifood startups pitching their ideas to a farmer shark tank and to hear the frank and honest feedback the farmers provide to this group of innovators.”

The agrifood startups are currently in Tasmania participating in the Foodtech Tasmania Accelerator program where they learn to refine their business models, pitches and strategies to accelerate their growth.

Tom Woolley from Startupbootcamp Foodtech Tasmania said the Longford event would cover some interesting topics.

“You'll hear pitches from up-and-coming founders about brand-new cutting-edge concepts that will innovate and are improving the agriculture and food space including below soil real time fertiliser measurements, green leaf waste conversion to food ingredients, animal microbiota gut health, agriwaste ethanol recovery and agrifood supply chain integrity,” Mr Woolley said.

“The startup businesses are focused on the customer problem meaning they are listening and learning from their customer base about their problems and pains. Engaging with the Longford community is an opportunity to learn about the innovation at the same time as discussing how the solutions may work within a Tasmanian environment.”

The event at the Longford RSL runs from 4pm – 7pm and includes food and light refreshments. Registrations are required at this link.

Attendees will also hear about evokeAG, Australia’s premier agrifood tech event being held on 21-22 February 2024, and can get a copy of the Tasmanian Agricultural Technology Guide.  The guide showcases 100 technologies across four key industries in Tasmania and was recently developed by the TAS Farm Innovation Hub and Beanstalk Agtech with funding from AgriFutures Australia.

The TAS Farm Innovation Hub is one of eight hubs nationally funded through the Australian Government’s Future Drought Fund. The hub is based at the Tasmanian Institute of Agriculture (TIA) at the University of Tasmania and delivered through an extensive network of industry and community partners.

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A new report showcasing 100 technologies across four key agricultural industries in Tasmania is now available to producers.

The Tasmanian Agriculture Technology Guide has been developed by the TAS Farm Innovation Hub and Beanstalk AgTech with funding from AgriFutures Australia.

The project explored the existing and emerging tech solutions to key challenges facing Tasmanian farmers in the livestock, dairy, fruit and vegetable industries.

Linley Houwen from Beanstalk AgTech said the report was a culmination of extensive research and many conversations with producers across Tasmania.

“We wanted to gain a good understanding of some of the biggest challenges facing producers across Tasmania and the role technology could plan in addressing these,” Ms Houwen said.

“We had conversations with more than 30 producers and tech providers across four industries including livestock, dairy, vegetables and fruit, reviewed 11 challenges and assessed more than 200 ag tech companies for solutions to those challenges.

“We now have an accessible resource that empowers farmers to explore the world of agricultural technology, with an overview of some key features, benefits and considerations associated with each technology to help in the decision-making process. ​​

“While the report doesn’t cover all the available solutions on the market, it does provide a good starting point for producers keen to explore the role technology can play in their businesses.”

The report considers industry-wide challenges including data access issues, time spent managing irrigation and the need for more connectivity across farms.

In the vegetable industry, the key challenges identified were reducing input usage to improve margins and optimising drainage, while in the dairy industry, the focus was managing the cost of cow feed and increasing labour efficiency.

In livestock, producers identified challenges associated with using animal data to drive better decisions and supporting intensive grazing methods. In the fruit industry, improving harvest record keeping and manging risks in the growing environment were front and centre.

The report investigated technology solutions for those challenges, including a deep dive into the opportunities and case studies outlining grower experience in the adaption and adoption of ag tech solutions.

TAS Farm Innovation Hub Director Sandra Knowles said the report would be a useful resource for Tasmania’s agricultural sector.

“The Tasmanian Government has set an ambitious strategy to reach $10b in farm gate value by 2050. To reach this goal, Tasmanian production will need to grow at more than double the rate experienced over the past 20 years,” Ms Knowles said.

“Innovation and research are key levers in achieving this goal and providing the productivity gains needed for a sustainable and future-proofed Tasmanian agricultural industry.​

“Over the years, Tasmanian farmers have exhibited remarkable resilience and adaptability, overcoming challenges and consistently producing high-quality agricultural products that are valued both locally and internationally.

“The last few years in particular have seen challenges from rising input costs, labour shortages and changes in climate putting increasing pressure on farmers. ​​

“The great thing about this report is that it focuses on the real challenges facing our sector now and gives producers information they need to decide whether some of the ag tech solutions explored in the report would help their business.

“It’s also useful to hear directly from those Tasmanian producers who have already gone down the ag tech path and what has worked for them.”

Those wanting a copy of the report can access it here or contact the TAS Farm Innovation Hub on

The TAS Farm Innovation Hub is one of eight hubs nationally funded through the Australian Government’s Future Drought Fund. The hub is based at the Tasmanian Institute of Agriculture (TIA) at the University of Tasmania and delivered through an extensive network of industry and community partners.

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Funding & AcknowledgmentS

This program received funding from the Australian Government’s Future Drought Fund.

The Australian Government is contributing $12.4 million over 4 years through the Future Drought Fund under various grants. Hub partners and the University of Tasmania will provide co-contributions of an amount at least equal to the Australian Government funding over the same period.

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