eConnected Grainbelt Workshop

AgriStart was contracted by the Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development (DPIRD) to design and facilitate an AgTech Needs workshop for the eConnected Grainbelt project.

A half-day workshop was held on the 19th April with 22 DPIRD employees from Merredin, Katanning and South Perth, focusing on solutions to the problem: How can on-farm digital connectivity support new technologies to enhance operations, safety and research quality at DPIRD research stations?

Staff worked in mixed teams to develop solutions using creative problem-solving techniques. A panel session with experts in digital technology and agriculture provided external insights to the opportunities to implement new technologies at the research stations.

The key outcome of the workshop was the development of strong solutions to the problem, plus the potential to deliver efficiencies in other areas of operational and research relevance. These solutions focused on the need for real time data management systems for monitoring inventory, tracking animal welfare, staff security and crop monitoring. An additional important outcome from the workshop was the enhanced collaboration between the research stations and Perth based DPIRD staff.

The workshop outcomes will contribute to the development of new technology at DPIRD research stations, providing a unique opportunity for these stations to become reference sites for farmers and researchers make informed decisions on agtech. The eConnected Grainbelt project will help support the vision of the research stations to become ‘smart farms’ and leading research facilities.

Sarah Gray