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Why Australian agtech needs talent with a wide range of experience

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Australia is well positioned to build and maintain a large and healthy agricultural industry ($81 billion in production in 2021/22)

Australia also has a unique opportunity to leverage our higher education infrastructure, skilled workforce and advanced capital markets to integrate modern technology into our agricultural industry with the aim of vastly improving the volume of high-quality agricultural products produced in the country.

Agricultural technology or AgTech is the application of modern technology to agricultural practices and it is predicted that the industry as a whole will $100 Billion Industry by 2030

Why? Modern technology is changing the way we tackle previously unanswerable problems and by applying these new technologies to the agricultural sector, the quality and yield gains can be exponential.

Economically, a 1% change in operating costs caused by a breakthrough piece of technology could mean tens of millions of dollars in savings for a single operator. These savings can then reinvested to further improve productivity. For ambitious individuals, there are promising financial opportunities in the field.

The contribution of agtech to society is enormous. as the APAC region continues to grow its middle class, a standard diet contains more farm-intensive food, and at the same time, domestic demand for locally grown, sustainable food is growing. At the same time, agricultural input costs are rising at a record pace.

Everyone is directly affected by the advancement of agtech, whether they realize it or not. And that, in itself, makes it an exciting and worthwhile industry to be a part of.

To reach its full potential, the agtech industry requires talent from a wide range of technology-based disciplines such as mechanical engineers, software developers, app developers, and machine learning engineers (just to name a few).

The problems we are trying to solve are too complex and too deep for a team of generalists. We need teams of specialists who bring together a wide range of skills and experiences to develop truly innovative products.

Bringing in experienced individuals from other industries is a quick way to quickly bring modern best practices to agtech. t

The higher education system also plays a role in helping ambitious graduates embark on long and successful careers in the agtech space.

In addition to technology-based talent, the agtech industry also needs highly skilled professionals with experience in financing and investment, operations, marketing and sales. It is also critical for the industry to build visibility of the range of non-tech career opportunities in the agtech space.

Some of the successful applications of agtech include: Cunningham Cattle Company and Boonderoo Pastoral who use AgriWebb business management software for: livestock management and record keeping.

Gundagai Lam uses the technology I worked on at MEQ Probe to accurately measure the intramuscular fat of all lambs, unlocking new market opportunities for the lamb industry. John Deere is working to reduce the amount of chemicals we use on our crops with their AI-powered See and Spray Technology

It is important to note that agtech may not be a career path for everyone – personal and professional interests can prevent one from pursuing the field. It includes working on the ground, going outside, traveling long distances, getting hands dirty, or working on location for months on a remote farm away from family and friends.

However, it is a great fit for the right one talent looking to make a mark in the agtech space.

Our job is to find the individuals who fit the demands of the agtech sector and show them the benefits and possibilities of contributing to a field that really contributes to society.

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