DPI  MEDIA  RELEASE: 27 October 2020

Agri-tech virtual innovation on show The latest in Agricultural technology and innovation will be on show as part of the GATE Virtual 2020 event, hosted by NSW Department of Primary Industries’ (DPI) Global Ag-Tech Ecosystem (GATE) on 28 October.

NSW DPI Group Director Business Development & Innovation, Bruce Finney said now more than ever it was essential producers and the wider industry embraced technology to push forward agricultural innovation and improvements. “The online demonstration will showcase new diagnostics for identifying weeds, telehealth for animals, simple farm trough tools for water management and sophisticated drone enabled harvest assessment,” Mr Finney said.

“These start-up and research driven projects are championed by the GATE, the DPI’s specialist ag-tech innovation hub based in Orange. “I am proud to say that innovation in agriculture is surging forward in NSW and Australia with ideas being fast-tracked by challenging times of drought, bushfires and COVID-19.

“Make sure you register today to be a part of the GATE Virtual 2020 online event that will be broadcast across Australia and to the world to see the nine innovative projects and to meet the businesses behind these pioneering projects.” Some projects are in collaboration with key partners such as Horticulture Innovation, Australian peak body for horticulture producers and key universities including - University of New England (UNE) and Central Queensland University (CQU).

Dubbo based DPI research and development leader, Edwina Toohey is excited for her team to have the opportunity to present to a global audience about their system for producers to objectively assess live cattle readiness for market and make decisions in real time on the farm:

“The GATE has supported us to develop our research in a translatable way to the market and provide us with a broader audience of investors and stakeholders that we can engage with,” Ms Toohey said. GATE Virtual 2020 will be broadcast at 4pm- 6pm (AEDT) on Wednesday 28 October 2020.

Registrations can be made via GATE Virtual 2020 on Eventbrite. Information about the GATE Virtual 2020 is available at

The GATE program has run for three years and supported over 40 businesses and research projects to develop and make new products available to primary producers. Media contact: Anne Brook 0477 358 305