PA17 - A Big Success

PA17 - A Big Success

21 November 2017

Earlier this month around 500 delegates from across the globe convened in Hamilton for PA17 – an international tri-conference featuring the 7th Asian-Australasian Conference on Precision Agriculture (7ACPA), the 1st Asian-Australasian Conference on Precision Pasture and Livestock Farming (1ACPLF) and Digital-Farmer and Grower 2017 (DF&G). Alongside 428 attendees, the event attracted 56 exhibitors. Half of the delegates were from overseas drawn from 14 nations including Asia, Europe and the US.

Over 3-days a wide range of PA topics were covered, including sensing and precision management, data analytics, robotics, postharvest systems, technology transfer, adoption and on-farm adaptation. There were also a number of high quality keynotes, including talks from Sjaak Wolfert (Wageningen UR) on the Internet of Food and Farm 2020, Simon Blackmore (Harper-Adams University) on the role of robotics and Miriana Stephens (Wakatu Incorporation) on new sustainability models being implemented there.

Many of the presentations are available via a PDF here (please note that the links through to presentations are indicated by a red box around the name of the speaker):


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Best regards,
Roger Williams
PAANZ Newsletter Editor

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Left: Miriana Stephens outlines Whakatu’s plans to transform their business model.









Left: Simon Blackmore points to some of the problem with ‘bigger’ and why it isn’t always ‘better’.








Left: Sjaak Wolfert talks about the Internet of Food and Farm 2020.