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New Riverine Plains Field Day coming

Air time: The Rural Drone Academy will discuss options for using new aerial technology on farms.

Innovation will be a key theme of the inaugural Riverine Plains Innovation EXPO in Yarrawonga/Mulwala from February 9 to 11.

The three-day expo is designed for farmers and industry with a focus on innovation, connection and knowledge sharing, under the theme “Farming Ahead of the Curve”.

Riverine Plains chief executive officer Catherine Marriott said the expo was all about challenging the status quo and exploring how farming businesses could grow and adapt through innovative ideas and by connecting with experts across the industry.

“Riverine Plains has a tradition of bringing new research and ideas to farmers in the region and we are thrilled that the expo will take this to the next level by presenting forward-thinking, practical speakers and by introducing farmers to businesses which can help address some of their most pressing production and profitability issues,” Ms Marriott said.

Day 1 of the Riverine Plains Innovation EXPO program begins with Riverine Plains — Upton Engineering Welcome Drinks on the evening of Wednesday, February 9.

February 10 features the innovation field day to be held on the Yarrawonga lake foreshore, and provides farmers and industry with opportunities to interact with dozens of businesses and organisations delivering innovative on-farm technologies and services.

The field day will be followed by the Riverine Plains — New Edge Microbials Black Tie Gala Dinner and Charity Auction, which is a chance for farmers and industry to enjoy themselves socially while raising money for the Riverine Plains Scholarship Fund.

On the third day, Friday, February 11, the headline event Riverine Plains — Seed Force Innovation Conference will feature industry leaders and knowledge powerhouses who will challenge and inspire.

Conference speakers include Mary O’Brien (Are you bogged mate?), who will speak on men’s health, Hannah Janson (Rural Bank) who will provide a different perspective on farm assets, and Richard Heath (Australian Farm Institute) who will address sustainability markets.

There will also be a focus on technology, with Phil Tickle (Cibo Labs) presenting on agtech in supply chains, Fiona Lake (Rural Drone Academy) addressing drone myths, and Jon Medway (Charles Sturt University) speaking on making agtech pay. Cam Nicholson (Nicon Rural Services) will also address decision making on farm, before a panel session featuring John Wood (GRDC), Jason Strong (MLA), Tony Mahar (NFF), and Tim Reeves (UoM) will focus on how innovation, research and agtech can help individuals and the industry capitalise on opportunities.

Tickets can be purchased at https://riverineplains.org.au/rpexpo21/