Muresk Institute's FarmSmart Showcase

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In agriculture, one of the most important things you can grow is your knowledge.

The agricultural industry is going through a complete resurgence as free trade agreements and emerging markets create excitement and growth in the industry. Last year Australian farms generated $60 billion in income and with the National Farmers' Federation’s vision to grow this to $100 billion by 2030, the industry must be equipped to meet the demand.

Our inaugural FarmSmart Showcase is a FREE one day event featuring the latest agricultural innovations, technologies and upskilling opportunities.

As Western Australia’s skills hub of modern agriculture we have partnered with industry leaders and training providers to hold a one day showcase to bring you the knowledge and skills you need to do better, smarter business.

Over the course of the day, Muresk Institute’s FarmSmart Showcase will explore topics that are important to modern farmers through a variety of presentations, exhibitions and demonstrations. Attendees will also be the first to learn about some of our exciting new technology that will be unveiled on the day. In a first for Western Australia, the technology will then be made available for public education and demonstration purposes.

Registration is essential, reserve your place today.

Date:​Wednesday, 13 June 2018
​Venue:​Muresk Institute, Muresk Road, Northam
​Travel:Map and directions to Muresk Institute (PDF)
​Accommodation:​Muresk Institute offers a variety of accommodation with shared facilities (bathrooms and lounge/common rooms). For more information view our facilities and complete an accommodation request form.
​Eats:​Laundry 43’s bespoke ‘Catering Line’ mobile food truck will be serving barista made coffee and delicious food using the freshest seasonal produce that is locally sourced.
View menu and pricelist (PDF)


There is no cost to attend this event. Attendees are responsible for their own meals, travel and accommodation expenses.

Further information:

​Contact our team:
T: 1300 994 031

Download the event program PDF

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​How to get value out of digital farming

Dr Myrtille Lacoste
Research Fellow, Digital Agriculture at Curtin University

Farmers and consultants are being offered technologies they could only dream of a few years ago. Myrtille will go beyond the hype of the digital world to talk about the value of using these technologies, mapping change from the global picture to paddock, and back again.

Using the practical example of on-farm experimentation, Myrtille will show how we can create value from data-driven practices, and what the change means for sustainable agriculture.

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​How to wifi your farm to improve business efficiencies

Geoff Carroll
Head of Technology at Powertec Telecommunications

Geoff will discuss the true capabilities of the internet of things/internet of everything (IOT/IOE) through His presentation will showcase a complete open source end to end agricultural solution for internet, cellular, WiFi and long range wireless communication (LoRa) gateways which can be customised to measure and track information.

This presentation will provide insight into a solution that will help agricultural businesses work more efficiently and resourcefully.

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​Taking the work out of recording dam pedigree

Dr Andrew Thompson
Associate Professor, Chair of Animal Science, School of Veterinary and Life Sciences at Murdoch University

Andrew will discuss work being done by Murdoch University and the Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development over the last 18 months to improve reproductive performance in the sheep industry, in particular capturing data on maternal pedigree using wearable sensors on ewes and lambs.

Andrew’s presentation will also touch on other applications of the technologies and directions of their research.


​Beyond the hype: Agtech in WA and the need to connect techies to farmers

Dr Natasha Ayers
Managing Director and co-founder of AgriStart

Natasha’s presentation will give an overview of the agtech scene in Western Australia and some of the latest innovations that could add value to farming. The disconnect between farmers and tech companies will also be addressed, as well as strategies to improve engagement. Learn about what is happening now in agtech in our State and what new technologies are on the horizon.


​Food conversation and demonstration

Don Hancey
WA Food Ambassador, chef, radio personality and presenter

Don will showcase Linley Valley Pork and other 100% Western Australian produce during his food conversation, with the help of the As One Nyitting team. Don is an inspiring speaker and believes WA has some of the finest produce in the world. He has a holistic view of food production and believes in buying, supporting and shopping local. Visitors will gain knowledge of the WA agriculture industry and what is produced right here in our State.


Contemporary livestock handling

Boyd Holden
Livestock Handling and Animal Welfare Consultant, Trainer and Assessor at Holden Agricultural Management Services

Boyd’s passion is working with and training animals, and providing training and advisory services across all sectors of the red meat industry.

Boyd will talk about the importance of consistent procedures across the livestock industry and will address the adoption of technology for improving animal welfare and livestock handling operations from a practical perspective.

Want to exhibit at Muresk Institute’s FarmSmart Showcase?

Limited exhibitor space is still available, please contact John Smoker at to find out more.