Farms across Australia will soon have access to cutting-edge satellite data and information tools thanks to an Australian Government funding boost into two innovative Toowoomba businesses, DataFarming and Cibo Labs.
Member for Groom John McVeigh today announced the successful bids by DataFarming and Cibo Labs to capitalise on the government’s investment in digital infrastructure through the Digital Earth Australia (DEA) program, which provides the businesses with $50,000 and access to the DEA team of experts.
“Congratulations to Tim Neale and the team at DataFarming, as well as Phil Tickle and his team at Cibo Labs, who are demonstrating why Toowoomba is Australia’s agricultural innovation hub with their simple, low-cost products and services for the agriculture industry,” Dr McVeigh said.
“In the coming months DataFarming will use Digital Earth Australia’s satellite data with its own artificial intelligence technology to map digital paddock boundaries for over 85,000 farm businesses across Australia.
“When you consider that many farms have dozens of paddocks or more, it’s not surprising to hear the majority of Australian farms do not have accurate up to date boundary information and also don’t have a full picture of how those paddocks have changed over the last 30 years.
“Cibo Labs will also incorporate satellite data into their MyFarm platform, which provides livestock farmers with information about how their land is changing over time, and allows them to respond to market and regulatory requirements.
“Having access to an online paddock mapping tool and the MyFarm platform will make life easier for farmers, agronomists, suppliers and financial services companies, which will encourage more farms to take the leap to utilising this emerging technology.
“It’s excellent to see our region taking full advantage of our government’s ongoing focus on helping Australian businesses get ahead,” Dr McVeigh said.
The Australian Government invests in Geoscience Australia’s Digital Earth Australia program as part of its broader plans to use world-leading satellite technology and science expertise to help grow the economy by an estimated $8 billion by 2025, generating 15,000 jobs.
DataFarming Managing Director Tim Neale said through this project his team will be able meet the needs of their customers.
“DEA is opening up huge opportunities for DataFarming, a small Toowoomba business less than 2 years old, who already works with nearly 12,000 farms across Australia and internationally,” Mr Neale said.
Cibo Labs’ Managing Director Phil Tickle said the satellite data will help livestock farmers to make better farming decisions in the future.
“Australian livestock producers are naturally innovative and these new insights will provide them with the information they need, when they need it, to make every decision less complicated, more profitable, lower risk and more environmentally sustainable,” Mr Tickle said.