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Central Queensland Smart Cropping Centre

World-class research for Queensland's cropping sector

Central Queensland is an important agricultural production region, contributing significantly to the state’s $19 billion agricultural industry.

The Central Queensland Smart Cropping Centre will be a flagship innovation facility bringing together research, development and extension (RD&E) in areas like farming systems, agronomy, crop innovation and plant protection.

Enhanced by the latest innovations in AgTech and data sciences, the centre will be dedicated to re-imagined RD&E to deliver world-class research for Queensland's cropping sector.

Collaboration will be at the heart of our work, bringing together organisations like Central Highlands Development CorporationAgFrontier, AgTech startups, our own Gatton Smart Farm, and important regional producers to build an AgTech ecosystem.

About the Smart Cropping Centre

Developing the centre will take a ‘for industry, by industry’ approach. We are planning a co-design process with key stakeholders during 2022 to help us understand the work to best serve the sector.

The four-year development of the facility began late 2021 and it is expected to be online at the end of 2022.

Integrated farming system solutions

The centre will focus on integrated farming system solutions that incorporate data science and engineering to help capture, manage, manipulate and leverage data to make better, smarter decisions.

Together with industry and research partners, we will develop solutions to enhance productivity, sustainability, resilience, and agility in Central Queensland’s variable climate.

Read the media announcement about the redevelopment of the Emerald Research Facility as a major hub for agricultural research.

Alicia Dunbar
Senior Innovation Broker - Central Queensland - Smart Cropping Centre
Department of Agriculture and Fisheries
Mobile: +61 436 673 154