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Innovation hub launched to back farming entrepreneurs

Posted December 12, 2015 06:28:20

The National Farmers’ Federation (NFF) says it has tens of millions of dollars prepared to kick-begin an agricultural innovation hub to be launched by the Prime Minister nowadays.

It is element of a broad approach by the NFF to harness new technologies and big information to reduce the charges of production and boost output.

“Digital agriculture is the next wave of productivity” and could add as a lot as $ 6 billion to farm revenue more than the next four years, according to NFF chief executive Simon Talbot.

“We want pathways to recognize the best suggestions and get them to market sooner in order to stay at the cutting edge,” Mr Talbot said.

Malcolm Turnbull, together with Mr Talbot, will right now launch the NFF’s innovation hub for agricultural technologies, named ‘Sprout’, at the Elizabeth Mcarthur Agricultural Institute at Menangle, south-west of Sydney.

Mr Talbot said the tech-incubator would identify, foster and market the very best new suggestions in the meals and agribusiness arena and match innovators with like-minded Australian companies to fund and create the technologies and take them to the world.

“Believe Shark Tank,” he mentioned, referring to Channel Ten’s reality Television show linking budding entrepreneurs with titans of market.

The NFF, he said, had worked with accountancy and economic suggestions firm Crowe Horwath to type an professional panel to assess projects, and currently had capital partners.

“We’re speaking about tens of millions of dollars offered,” Mr Talbot stated.

The hub is looking at numerous models of financing, like crowd-funding, investors purchasing shares in an emerging incubator-tested business, or through very low-interest loans.

“We’ve got sufficient capital to prime the pump and get the 1st 10 projects through, and then it’s a virtuous cycle.”

The first round of applications for Sprout will open early subsequent year.

“One point I am determined to solve is the aggravation of young agribusiness professionals obtaining to leave Australia to go to the US, Israel or Europe to test or trial new suggestions,” Mr Talbot said.

“We require to hold entrepreneurs in Australia and we want 10 occasions the entrepreneurs we have in agriculture.”

Ag-entrepreneur forced to uncover start-up funds in US

Young man seated at picnic bench Photo: Mr Pattison moved to the US to get start-up funding for his on the web produce sales business. (Supplied)

When young Victorian farmer William Pattison wanted to start up a website selling farmers’ generate direct to customers, no-a single in Australia would train him or back the project.

Last year he was forced to travel to the US state of Iowa, exactly where the Iowa Begin-up Accelerator provided him $ 20,000 and enterprise coaching in return for a 6 per cent stake in his business.

He launched Generate Run in the US, with 30,000 US tiny and organic farmers on the books.

He stated direct net sales were significant disruptors to conventional marketing and advertising channels with supermarkets, that could see farmers get double the funds for their product.

“We applied to the AngelCube Accelerator in Melbourne but did not get in, it wasn’t what their portfolio was seeking for,” Mr Pattison said.

“We could naturally see customer demand, and we looked for seed capital and a strategic capital and identified that overseas in Iowa.”

Massive information and farmers

The NFF is also unveiling its Digital Agriculture Service, established in collaboration with company and technology management consultancy Accenture.

It aims to collate, correlate and interpret the vast quantity of information becoming collected by and about agricultural companies, and provide farmers with new tools to enhance their choice producing and productivity.

“Presently it really is too tough for farmers to join all the dots,” Accenture managing director Anthony Willmott stated.

Becoming capable to link information about soil moisture, pasture growth, cattle genetics and herd rotation so that animals can be sold at the optimum time, he mentioned, could earn a farmer another $ 80 a head.

“By generating a service by farmers, for farmers, the NFF and Accenture will avoid the scenario playing out overseas exactly where farmers are locked into a specific service provider,” Mr Talbot stated.

“The NFF will ensure farmers’ data is securely held for their advantage, rather than the advantage of a third celebration.”

Late subsequent year the NFF aims to launch a publicly accessible service for the cotton sector.

The national farming body has also redesigned its on the internet platform in a bid to a lot more successfully connect producers, agribusiness experts and customers.

Mr Talbot conceded that numerous of the NFF’s initiatives needed reliable net connectivity — something not available in numerous components of regional Australia.

“That adjustments in March to April next year,” he stated.

“We’ve been operating with the NBN to make sure satellites are powerful in delivering a digital answer to farmers.

“We are also operating with Vodafone on on-farm options and on narrow-band networks to have on-farm wi-fi connectivity up to a 15km radius.”

Mr Talbot said this time next year Australian agriculture would be “digitally lit up”.

“We require to be certain we are prepared to educate, supply data and analytical abilities and the systems and tools necessary to turn out to be much better farmers.

“We are adopting a equivalent model to Israeli agriculture which had a 15 per cent productivity uplift in four years.

“If we attain that in Australia we are speaking $ 5 to $ six billion of potential new revenue to Australian farmers.”

Subjects: meals-processing, agribusiness, gm-technology, sydney-2000, camden-2570, wollongong-2500

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Investigations launched into north Queensland’s labour hire sector

Posted December 07, 2015 11:09:02

Authorities have launched a series of investigations in north Queensland into the labour hire business with some organizations accused of exploiting seasonal workers across the fruit and vegetable sector.

Former police officer turned Liberal National Celebration MP Dale Final mentioned his workplace has received dozens of complaints this year but so far, only a handful of fines had been issued by authorities.

We’ve had some instances where they have put 30-40 individuals into one particular residence in appalling conditions and at the end of the day, that’s not on.

Dale Last, Queensland MP

“Early on in the season, we became conscious that a quantity of unscrupulous labour hire organizations have been operating throughout the Bowen and Burdekin areas, underpaying workers, coming in with illegal immigrants and utilizing them as workers,” Mr Last said.

He said authorities have been also locating it tough to police overcrowded share houses, where labour employ contractors rent a house and cram it with workers, making a profit.

“We’ve had some situations where they have put 30 to 40 men and women into one home in appalling circumstances and at the finish of the day, that’s not on,” he said.

ABC News found three residences in Baker Street, Bowen, with double the number of legal tenants emerging to go to work on the choosing fields for the day.

The real estate agent managing the homes said he was unaware of the situation and would investigate.

By law, agents have to give 24 hours’ notice ahead of inspecting a house, which can make it challenging to police, although Queensland Fire and Emergency Solutions has the power to conduct on-the-spot inspections.

Close to 20 people identified to be operating illegally on one farm

The Fair Perform Ombudsman has had teams of investigators in Bowen in recent months generating confident workers were being paid appropriately.

So far, officers have issued one particular $ 850 on-the-spot fine to a labour employ contractor in Bowen for failing to meet record-keeping obligations but will not reveal their name as investigations are ongoing.

The Ombudsman’s office said it had also secured back-pay for a quantity of workers in the region who had been not too long ago underpaid.

It is expected to provide a full report on the extent of the difficulty in Bowen early subsequent year.

The Division of Immigration and Border Protection has also been investigating the use of illegal seasonal workers in Bowen.

In September, 19 illegal workers were discovered operating on a single farm.

Regional Commander Terry Cost stated unscrupulous labour hire contractors ran the danger of facing challenging penalties.

“There is fairly stiff penalties an infringement is about $ three,000 for an individual or for corporate bodies that can be as significantly as $ 16,000 per illegal worker,” he said.

Transport authorities also worried about the security of the vans and buses utilized to transport workers.

During a 4-month operation, police located 11 unregistered vehicles and nearly 30 with security defects.

Final week, Queensland Minister for Industrial Relations Curtis Putt ordered a parliamentary inquiry into allegations of unethical practices by labour hire companies.

Those findings are anticipated to be handed down to Parliament by mid-2016.

Subjects: business-economics-and-finance, rural, farm-labour, bowen-4805

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