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12 November, 2020

CQ agtech innovators picked for exciting mission

Eight agtech entrepreneurs were selected for this week's Agtech Innovation Mission, part of the Central Highlands Development Corporation's (CHDC) AgFrontier: Regional Agtech Catalyst program.


Philip Richardson

A nano-brewery using local barley, farm tracking technology from your phone, and technology to cut coffee wait times at cafés were among the cutting-edge aspirations of the Central Queenslanders who embarked on an exciting mission to Brisbane.

Eight agtech entrepreneurs were selected for this week's Agtech Innovation Mission, part of the Central Highlands Development Corporation's (CHDC) AgFrontier: Regional Agtech Catalyst program.

The event, which ran from November 9-12, was designed to equip start-ups and spin off businesses from the Central Highlands, Isaac and Woorabinda local government areas with the tools, knowledge and connections they need to grow and expand.


AgFrontier Program Manager Sonya Comiskey said the mission attracted a high-quality field of candidates.

"It's been exciting to unearth this level of talent in Central Queensland and we're really looking forward to giving them access to opportunities that are often only found in metro areas."

The participants:

  • Jody Haylock from Crave Food + Juice Bar, Emerald - Technology to cut coffee wait times at cafés.
  • Tom Wyatt from Span Engineering, Emerald - Customised automation and connectivity solutions for agribusiness.
  • Matthew Barnes from Australian Soil Planners, Emerald - Traceability of sustainable agricultural production, leading to true carbon neutral agricultural produce.
  • Grower and Grazier John French, Capella - Value-adding to locally grown grain and establishing local market opportunities.
  • Mitchell Brown from Bedford Hill Brewing Co., Rubyvale - Proposed development of a nano-brewery with the potential to use local malted barley.
  • Philip Richardson from Red Dirt Drone Services, Clermont - Using drones to create 3D images to assist landholders with erosion control and water run-off management.
  • Steve Kemp of Wattle Seed Project, Woorabinda - A platform for Indigenous bush tucker and medicine to be recorded for future generations.
  • Bronwyn Reid from 4t Consultants, Emerald - Using technology to turn 25 years of ecosystem data into valuable knowledge to assist long-term environmental planning.

The Mission and AgFrontier's BeefTech 2020 are part of Qld AgTech Month (QAM), a showcase of local innovations that will benefit Queensland agriculture and encourage overseas investors to investigate the potential of the state's Agtech sector.

Find out more about QAM at qldagtechmonth.com.au. Follow AgFrontier on Twitter or visit agfrontier.com.au. Follow CHDC on FacebookTwitterLinkedIn and Instagram.  


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