Big Sky Technologies

Big Sky Technologies AgVenture | AgFrontier

Poor connectivity results in farmers inability to adopt new technology and fully utilise current platforms. Co-Founders Toby Harpham, Jason McNeice and Felicity White have developed a compact and portable communication hub which will improve connectivity and empower those living and working in Australia’s regional and rural areas.

Location: Toowoomba QLD, Australia

Toby Harpham | AgFrontier Mentor

Toby Harpham

Co-Founder

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Jason McNeice | AgFrontier Mentor

Jason McNeice

Co-Founder

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Felicity White  | AgFrontier Mentor

Felicity White

Co-Founder

BOS C Agri, One Platform

BOS C Agri, One Platform AgVenture | AgFrontier

Farm not Forms: With its feet firmly on the ground, BOS C AGRI is a family-run operation based right in the heart of Beef Country. Natalie Engel (AKA “the Pocket Rocket”) saw that administration procedures were placing significant burden on food and agribusiness producers. At present, quality assurance certification requires input into multiple systems across every level in the process chain and often these systems do not interact with one another. This inefficiency results in a lack of quality data to enable accurate product certification, potentially eroding domestic and international consumer trust. Natalie is developing One Platform a single data entry point for all quality assurance related data and compliance certification.

Location: Rolleston QLD, Australia

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Natalie Engel

Founder

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Broken Plains Pastoral Co

Broken Plains Pastoral Co AgVenture | AgFrontier

Chemical controls are essential for livestock health and wellbeing; insects in livestock cause disease, sores, weight loss and infection.  However, producers face increasing loss of access to products, significant cost, and their use excludes organic beef accreditation. Seeking to remove the need for chemical use for insect control in their grazing operations, Kurt, Lewis and David are developing a “big bug-zapper”. Suitable for any scale of livestock production, their light-weight modular solution will improve beef yields and quality through reduced animal disruption, and provide another tool for organic producers.

Location: Rolleston QLD, Australia

Kurt Mayne | AgFrontier Mentor

Kurt Mayne

Co-Founder

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Lewis Rolfe | AgFrontier Mentor

Lewis Rolfe

Co-Founder

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Data Farming

Data Farming AgVenture | AgFrontier

Adoption of agtech is poor in many areas due to the level of complexity of solutions and the poor value proposition for farmers. Tim and Peta Neale are breaking down the barriers to adoption by creating simple to use, easy access, low cost digital solutions. A formidable husband and wife team, Tim was awarded Australian Rural Consultant of the Year in 2018. They now have 10,000 farms on their system and have processed 6.5 million hectares of farm data with an aim to support 50% of Australian agronomists using precision agriculture tools in their everyday business while scaling to a global market.

Location: Toowoomba QLD, Australia

Tim Neale | AgFrontier Mentor

Tim Neale

Co-Founder

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Peta Neale | AgFrontier Mentor

Peta Neale

Co-Founder

Farmer Meets Foodie

Farmer Meets Foodie AgVenture | AgFrontier

The average farmer receives less than 10% return on the final price of their produce. This is because produce travels many kilometres and through many hands before reaching the consumer. Erica Hughes is meeting this challenge by connecting producers to commercial food business and allowing them to buy and sell direct through her platform Farmer Meets Foodie gives farmers greater control over their returns, a range of alternate markets, and provides retailers and restaurants with better access to fresh, healthy and artisan produce. Erica is passionate about telling the story behind how produce is grown and prepared, and the challenges, innovation and creation that is making Australian produce sought worldwide.

Location: Mt Molloy QLD, Australia

Erica Hughes | AgFrontier Mentor

Erica Hughes

Founder

LYRO Robotics

LYRO Robotics AgVenture | AgFrontier

Almost two-thirds of horticultural producers have crop left unpicked each season because they cannot find the right labour at the right time. The team from LYRO Robotics has developed robotic systems that can pick and pack fruit which allows growers to concentrate on farming and not on managing teams of backpackers. In 2017 Juxi, Norton and Nicole won the “Olympics” of robotic picking, out-competing 15 other teams worldwide in 2017 by picking the most objects in the given time. LYRO Robotics is creating the brains and the hands of the future robotic workforce for horticulture and logistics world-wide.

Location: Brisbane QLD, Australia

Juxi Leitner | AgFrontier Mentor

Juxi Leitner

Co-Founder

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Norton Kelly-Boxall | AgFrontier Mentor

Norton Kelly-Boxall

Co-Founder

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Nicole Robinson | AgFrontier Mentor

Nicole Robinson

Co-Founder

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SpotBooked

SpotBooked AgVenture | AgFrontier

Based from Taroom, Grant has developed direct and easy access to Australia’s leading feedlots to make it easy for beef producers to find the right market for their cattle. Like Tinder for the livestock industry, producers can enter information on their cattle they wish to sell, the information is filtered and matching feedlots are displayed. Grant is a third-generation grazier who has experienced the challenge of finding appropriate markets and has developed his platform to increase profits for both producers and feedlots alike.

Location: Taroom QLD, Australia

Grant Brennan | AgFrontier Mentor

Grant Brennan

Founder

SwarmFarm

SwarmFarm AgVenture | AgFrontier

Founding Directors Jocie Bate and Andrew Bate are transforming the agricultural industry through the use of small, light-weight, low-cost autonomous machines to perform a multitude of agricultural tasks. SwarmFarm, located near the small central Queensland town of Gindie, is an agricultural robotic company that uses robots in crop production to improve productivity, lower costs, increase production and reduce the environmental impact. As famers they are passionate about ensuring the future generations of farmers have a vibrant, economic, and sustainable future in the cropping industry.

Location: Gindie QLD, Australia

Jocie Bate | AgFrontier Mentor

Jocie Bate

Co-Founder

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Andrew Bate

Co-Founder

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Thin & Trim Holdings

Thin & Trim Holdings AgVenture | AgFrontier

As a horticultural producer, Ben has first-hand experience of the high labour costs and human resource challenges that come with growing citrus. He had seen machinery on the market which could help, but it was priced beyond what a normal producer could afford. Thin and Trim Holdings has developed attachments that can be added to a farmer’s existing equipment to help citrus growers gain improved yields in a safer environment and without the use of chemicals.

Location: Gayndah QLD, Australia

Ben Harzer | AgFrontier Mentor

Ben Harzer

Founder

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Top End Pollination

Top End Pollination AgVenture | AgFrontier

Alan is a passionate apiarist, managing hives primarily for pollination of horticultural crops across the Central Highlands. Around 65 per cent (or $4 – $6 billion annually) of agricultural production relies on pollination by European Honey bees. Bees are essential not only to produce honey, but to ensure the growing world-wide demand for food can be met. Top End Pollination is bringing affordable, high tech tools to an ancient practice to support individual beekeepers to monitor hive health and bee needs, support bee industry biosecurity and ensure the long-term economic viability, security and prosperity of the industry.

Location: Emerald QLD, Australia

Alan McIndoe | AgFrontier Mentor

Alan McIndoe

Founder

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