Digital remote monitoring to improve horticulture’s environmental performance (ST19024)
What's it all about?
In October 2019, Hort Innovation secured a $2.9 million grant through Landcare’s Smart Farming Partnerships program, supported by the Australian Government. Through project ST19024, and together with some levy contributions, the funding is allowing us to work with partners to raise the horticulture sector’s environmental performance.
The project involves collaborators including Hort Innovation, Applied Horticultural Research, Freshcare, Hitachi Consulting, Landcare and industry bodies Greenlife Industry Australia, AUSVEG, the Australian Banana Growers’ Council, the Australian Macadamia Society and Growcom.
With a focus on protecting ecosystems in horticulture growing regions, it’s establishing four demonstration ‘smart farms’ in the Great Barrier Reef catchment area. Here, remote technology will be used in the continuous monitoring of environmental indicators such as nutrient leaching, sediment run-off, water and energy use efficiency and more.
The demonstration sites will be used to help growers understand digital environmental monitoring and its use in business decision making and good environmental stewardship.
This project is a strategic levy investment in the Hort Innovation Nursery Fund