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On 8 February, the worldwide authority for emojis, Unicode, announced the release of its first-ever mango emoji in June 2018. The addition follows a vigorous social-media campaign funded by Australia’s mango growers over the 2016-17 season.
Australian company The Yield recently launched a new microclimate predictions system for growers of wine grapes and other climate-sensitive crops. Known as Sensing+™, the system combines sensing hardware, AI and grower-friendly mobile apps to enable “faster, more informed decision-making”.
Industry body AUSVEG is urging export-ready member-growers to apply asap to join its trade delegation to one of the region’s major food events, Food & Hotels Asia, Singapore, in April.
What should ag-tech entrepreneurs bear in mind as they look towards a food-strapped future? The annual World Agri-Tech Innovation Summit attempts to answer this question and more. Check out the top 10 takeaways from last year’s San Francisco Summit, then register for this year's.
Home-produced biogas is a promising technology that could “provoke a ‘domestic green energy revolution – if we let it”, contends Melbourne Sustainable Society Institute Research fellow Samuel Alexander, who trialled it in his household.
In a warming world, what might 2018 hold for weather across the globe? Are we destined to see more ‘unusual’ and catastrophic weather events which result in significant devastation? What effect will climate change have on our weather and will this become the new norm?
Melbourne-based ag-tech accelerator hub SproutX is seeking suitable start-ups for its 2018 Accelerator program, which offers successful applicants AU$40,000 each; high-level mentoring and networking opportunities; technical, business, investor and marketing support; and ongoing funding post-program.
Innovation Central’s new ‘farm tough’ decision platform, designed to streamline the collection and transfer of on-farm data for climate, soil moisture, pasture and animal performance, could help end rural Australia's ‘data drought’, claims project partner Cisco.
Keen to make inroads into the world’s largest, most voracious market? AU$50,000 in government funding is available for projects that foster agricultural trade cooperation between Australia and China. Apply by 13 March.
Member-growers who complete the 2018 AUSVEG Communications Survey are in the running to win a handy grand’s worth of John Deere tools. But act soon: the survey closes mid-February.