Farm technology in the spotlight

Saskia AdystiGreat Southern Herald

Some of the world’s most state-of-the-art agricultural technology was on display at the Southern Dirt Techspo in Katanning last Wednesday.

State Minister for Regional Development, Agriculture and Food, Alannah MacTiernan opened the three-day event and spoke to local guests about the industry’s capabilities and the challenges that it has to overcome in order to compete internationally in the 21st century.

Multinational innovators also showcased their latest equipment during the event and invited local farmers to experiment with new technologies.

International keynote speakers also shared their knowledge behind the ever-growing agriculture industry.

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National futurist farmer Paul Higgins spoke at the conference and shared his ideas on the future of the Australian agricultural industry.

Amaranth Ecological Technolgy chairman Tao Yang from China shared news of his recent deal with Southern Dirt to import amaranth, a hardy dryland fodder and food plant with proven health benefits from China.

The conference used a nearby working farm, next to the Katanning Recreation Centre, to show several trial crops and new species to guests who attend the event.

Up to 300 guests attended the technology and innovation event in Katanning last week — the event was enjoyed by local farmers, who appreciated the educational benefits of the conference.

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