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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. It experiences significantly warm and dry weather, similar to that of Northern Australia, with the impacts of climate change presenting further complexities.

The Central Queensland Smart Cropping Centre will be a flagship innovation facility. It will focus on the unique climate of the region. The centre will bring 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 deliver world-class research for Queensland's cropping sector.

Collaboration will be at the heart of our work, bringing together a rich network of organisations to build an AgTech ecosystem focussed on future farming systems for a variable climate.

Co-collaborators may include:

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 what will best serve the sector.

The centre aims to create the ideal environment to support and drive research outcomes for Central Queensland's unique climate.

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

The Central Queensland Smart Cropping Centre aims to deliver:

  • research efficiency and objectivity coupled with AI-driven insights
  • evaluation of technology to design new and transformed farming systems
  • co-design of new technologies in collaboration with AgTech companies
  • extension that supports adoption ‘on-ramps’ for different levels of producers’ readiness.

Data-driven outcomes

The centre will focus on RD&E outcomes underpinned by data science and engineering to capture, manage, manipulate and leverage information to make better, smarter decisions.

Together with industry and research partners, we will deliver RD&E that enhances productivity, sustainability, resilience, and agility in Central Queensland’s variable climate.

Integrated farming solutions

Our focus on farming systems will cross the cotton, grains, pulses and horticulture (citrus) sectors across a number of thematic areas such as:

  • climate-adaptive cropping systems
  • market-integrated productions systems
  • automation-ready farming systems
  • sustainable and resilient cropping systems.

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

Get involved

AgTech providers and Australian producers and supply chain businesses are invited to get involved with the Central Queensland Smart Cropping Centre by submitting an Expression of Interest (EOI).


If you have any questions or feedback email

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

Our funding

The Central Queensland Smart Cropping Centre is a Department of Agriculture and Fisheries initiative. It is funded by the Queensland Government.