Get involved in shaping a world-class agriculture research hub at Emerald

Published Wednesday, 24 August, 2022 at 02:14 PM

Minister for Agricultural Industry Development and Fisheries and Minister for Rural Communities
The Honourable Mark Furner

Agricultural industry groups are encouraged to contribute to the design and development of work at Emerald’s new Central Queensland Smart Cropping Centre (CQSCC) via an Expressions of Interest process.

Minister for Agricultural Industry Development and Fisheries Mark Furner said input from industry, growers, producers, AgTech providers, supply chain businesses and the local community would drive much of the success of the CQSCC.

“The CQSCC heralds a new era in agriculture. We’re really excited about the robots and technologies we’ll have available to showcase to industry and the ability to allow growers and producers to trial and test new technology,” Mr Furner said.

“The CQSCC will focus on platforms such as robotics, sensor networks, phenomics and data visualisation that demonstrate how technology and data will support farming systems in an environment of climate variability.

“That means more good jobs in our agriculture sector and better services to the agriculture industry.

“Central Queensland experiences significantly warm and dry weather, like that of Northern Australia, with the impacts of climate change presenting further complexities.

“The CQSCC will be a centre of excellence in research, development and extension focused on supporting Queensland’s cotton, grain and pulse industry and our growing AgTech industry.

“It will boost local and national industry confidence to invest in new technologies and growing systems to achieve growth in productivity, expand exports and ensure future food security.”

AgTech providers, Australian producers and supply chain businesses are invited to become involved by submitting an Expression of Interest (EOI).

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Central Queensland is an important agricultural production region, contributing significantly to Queensland’s $19 billion agricultural industry.

The CQSCC is part of the Queensland Smart Farms initiative which is developing a network of farms and facilities dedicated to advancing Australia’s agriculture and food industries through AgTech innovation–AgTech in action.


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