World ag leader Dr Terry Griffin returns to region

1 August

A world leader in precision agriculture will speak at a special Birchip Cropping Group presentation at Horsham Golf Club this month.

Dr Terry Griffin from Kansas State University will lead evening activities at the event open to precision-agriculture enthusiasts.

BCG has organised the August 13 event as an opportunity for the region’s agricultural community to expand its understanding of the range of challenges and ideas in precision farming.

Dr Griffin is a 2017 veski sustainable agriculture fellow and returns to Australia for the second time this year to continue his project work on ‘Connectivity, Capability and Trust: Breaking down barriers for farming to create value from data sets’.

He is an assistant professor at Kansas State University, which runs research and extension programs focusing on cropping systems, economics and specifically precision agricultural technologies and ‘big data’.

Dr Griffin has travelled across Australia meeting and presenting to researchers and growers.

He will have met with researchers, peak organisations such as the Grains Research and Development Corporation, agronomists and growers before he flies back to the United States in mid-August.

Having previously spent time in the Wimmera with farmers and presenting to Longerenong College agriculture students, Dr Griffin has been able to gain an appreciation for the Australian industry and its opportunities.

His project is intended to identify and develop strategies to overcome barriers preventing farmers from collecting and collating farm data.

Key focuses include lowering the high cost of entry, increasing skill levels among farmers, and tackling the connectivity challenges facing farmers.

Birchip Cropping Group chief executive Chris Sounness saw the opportunity to bring Dr Griffin to Australia and share his expertise.

“Dr Griffin has experience in bringing value to American farmers for their data gathered through sensors mounted on machinery, drones and satellites,” he said.

“Through this, and other exciting projects being implemented in the region, we hope to identify value for Australian growers, particularly in terms of efficiency and profitability.”

The Victorian Endowment for Science, Knowledge and Innovation, veski, made Dr Griffin’s visit possible through the veski sustainable agriculture fellowship. The organisation provides a program of fellowships, awards and international networks.

Dr Griffin will also return to Longerenong College to discuss digital agriculture opportunities with students in their professional working lives.

Source: The Weekly Advertiser
http://www.theweeklyadvertiser.com.au/2018/08/01/world-ag-leader-dr-terry-griffin-returns-to-region/

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