Australia’s report on agtech confirms technology can lead to a fertile future

The horizon scanning report on the future of agricultural technologies has identified how adopting new technologies — such as sensor, robotic, artificial intelligence (AI), data, biotechnology, nanotechnology, and distributed ledger — could improve the sector’s productivity, diversity, and profitability.

The Future of Agriculture Technologies report [PDF] was released by the Australian Council of Learned Academics (ACOLA) on Tuesday, after it was commissioned by Australia’s chief scientist Alan Finkel, on behalf of the National Science and Technology Council (NSTC), to undertake the project.

“Australia’s diverse agriculture, fisheries, and forestry sector is a AU$69 billion industry … however, reaching the government’s goal of AU$100 billion by 2030 will likely require more than just incremental technological advancements,” Finkel said.

“Historically, Australian producers have been rapid adopters of innovation, and these emerging technologies will help our agriculture sector to transform and tackle current and future challenges.”

The report highlighted how the deployment of technologies,

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Tuesday: Emerging Ag-Tech Company Benson Hill Forges Unique Path, Opens St. Louis Headquarters

This discussion will be on “St. Louis on the Air” at noon Tuesday. This story will be updated after the show. You can listen live.

U.S. Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue was on hand for the ribbon-cutting ceremony Monday at Benson Hill’s new headquarters in Creve Coeur. The facility is at 39 North, a 600-acre innovation district that also houses the Donald Danforth Plant Science Center and Bayer Crop Science.

Considered a rising star in the ag-tech space, Benson Hill was established in 2012 and has garnered about $133 million in funding, including from the investor arm of Google, GV. The company, along with its subsidiary, Benson Hill Seeds, seeks to produce plants that are more productive, highly nutritious and better tasting.

On Tuesday’s St. Louis on the Air, Benson Hill CEO, president and co-founder Matt Crisp will join host Sarah Fenske to talk about the company and why it’s

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