About the Agriculture Technology and Adoption Centre

AgTAC logo

At JCU, the approach to agriculture technology research is distinctively multidisciplinary with a focus on solution development by leveraging knowledge, creativity and innovation. We focus on solving industry-relevant problems by working closely with industries both locally and globally in true partnering arrangements. JCU’s primary technology-enabling capabilities that are directly applied to the agriculture sector relevant to agriculture technology are:

  • Data Science, Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning
  • Internet of Things and Sensors Systems
  • Advanced Manufacturing — Rapid Design, Prototype & Test

To ensure that digital technologies are fit-for-purpose and more accessible, AgTAC places a strong emphasis on technology adoption and green finance mechanisms.

Examples of Primary Industries that we partner with include:

  • Aquaculture
  • Cropping
  • Fibre
  • Grazing
  • Horticulture.

Lead innovation and adoption of technologies in the Northern Australia Ag sector to tackle industry relevant issues and remain globally competitive.

  • Build human capacity in AgTech in our region
  • Support and mentor early career researchers
  • Contribute true solutions to transform the food-fibre-climate-water-energy nexus using digital technologies
  • Drive job creation and economic growth

Sustainable farming systems that are profitable, eco-friendly and give farmers a social license to operate achieved by

  • Co-designed stakeholder driven research
  • Climate resilient systems
  • Our environmental assets
  • Inclusivity – multiculturism, gender diversity, large and small scale farmers

The centre and its operations crosscut the social, environment and business domains of

  • Production Systems
  • Resource Stewardship
  • Climate Resilience
  • Biosecurity and Provenance

Which are enabled by

  • digital technologies,
  • green finance solutions and
  • social drivers for technology adoption

AgTAC research domains infographic