AgTech solutions for industry
Australia has a global reputation for producing high quality and trusted horticulture products.
To maintain and grow this position, technology adoption is critical to expand markets and solve challenges faced in labour management, product quality, climate variability, and supply chain wastage.
Based in sub-tropical Queensland, the Gatton Smart Farm will accelerate the adoption of ag-technologies by creating an ecosystem enabling co-innovation between the Australian horticulture industry, research community and AgTech solution providers. Read the media announcement about Gatton Smart Farm.
Providing a pipeline of spaces and facilities amongst a thriving agricultural research and development (R&D) precinct, collaborators at the Gatton Smart Farm will deliver responsive AgTech solutions for in-field, protected cropping and supply chain systems.
By enabling a smart horticulture industry, it will cement Australia’s position as a leader in food production.
About Gatton Smart Farm
Gatton Smart Farm is a $9 million Queensland Government and Hort Innovation initiative to drive AgTech adoption across supply chains by transforming the Gatton Research facility into a world class Smart Farm for horticulture.
The facility is based in sub-tropical Queensland's $450 million Lockyer Valley horticulture industry, adjacent to the University of Queensland’s Gatton campus on the Western Innovation Corridor and close to the Wellcamp Airport and Toowoomba's AgriFood Connect site.
A suite of state-of-the-art protected cropping and post-harvest facilities will be established at the site, including a climate-controlled research glasshouse, retractable roof protected cropping structure and cold-rooms with controlled atmosphere technology.
The Gatton Smart Farm will be supported by a network of on-farm demonstration trials and a world-leading extension program.
At the Gatton Smart Farm:
- industry, commercial companies and researchers will work together to test, adapt and co-develop tech and farming system innovations
- industry can interact with tech innovations, and learn about new technologies to improve agricultural productivity and optimise supply chains through demonstrations and technical support
- commercial companies can research and develop their own products and services.
Watch how the AgTech infrastructure at Gatton Smart Farm will take shape.
Industry, commercial companies and research communities are invited to take advantage of the Gatton Smart Farm and engage with our researchers and commercial partners.
In 2022, we will:
- invite industry to identify priority AgTech for testing and validating under local conditions
- issue a call for Expressions of Interest from AgTech providers and horticulture growers to participate in the research and development of priority technologies.
If you have any questions or feedback email GattonSmartFarm@daf.qld.gov.au
Stay tuned for a Gatton Smart Farm page on the Queensland Agriculture and Fisheries eHub - our engagement and conversation platform.
The Gatton Smart Farm initiative, also known as 'AS20007 Driving adoption of AgTech across Australia', is funded by the Hort Frontiers Advanced Production Systems fund. This is part of the Hort Frontiers strategic partnership initiative developed by Hort Innovation, with co-investment from the Queensland Government and contributions from the Australian Government.