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Webinar: Innovation and adaptation – How agtech solves problems on the ground

April 21 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm


FFN is facilitating the final webinar ‘Innovation and adaptation – How agtech solves problems on the ground’, in the Adapting to a future with drought – Unlocking resilience in rural Australia series, alongside Australian Rural Leadership Foundation.

Key Info:   When: 21 April 2022 | Time: 12pm | Register here


The webinar will be hosted by FFN Director and Grain Growers Policy Manager, Amelia Shaw. Amelia is Future Farmers Network (FFN) Vice Chair along with being Policy Manager for GrainGrowers Ltd, managing the drought, agribusiness, and trade portfolios.

She is also Vice President of Y Australia and Director for Y Brisbane. Amelia has significant experience in strategy development, marketing and partnerships as well as a comprehensive knowledge of the agricultural sector.

Amelia is passionate about promoting young voices and ensuring young people are represented in conversations about the future of Australian agriculture.



Panellists include:

Jonathan Medway grew up on a family farm on the Liverpool Plains in Northern NSW, attending Farrer Ag High School before completing an agricultural science degree at Charles Sturt University.

University in the mid-80s. After a few years in corporate farming, he returned to Charles Sturt University as a Research Officer at the Farrer Centre, working with a local farmer group (FM500) comparing farming systems and demonstrating the role of objective monitoring for improved crop management.

This work evolved to include the investigation of spatial variability through remote sensing, soil surveying and yield mapping. In 2000 he established a spatial data consultancy.

Over its 19 years of operation, Jon worked on over 2500 projects across Australia and Internationally, providing services to family and corporate farms, industry, research organisations and government agencies.

As Senior Research Fellow – Spatial Agriculture, Jon is building the research capacity of the Gulbali Institute for Agriculture, Water, and Environment with projects including the Charles Sturt Digital Twin Farm and Cool Soil Initiative.


Bruce Grady is an experienced senior executive and leader across a range of industries. He is highly regarded for his collaborative approach to crisis and disaster management. Bruce has years of experience working in the public service and in leading emergency responses to natural disasters such as floods and cyclones, particularly in his home state of QLD. He has a keen interest in how technology is being applied in the real world to help make our lives easier, safer and more productive.

Bruce Grady is the business development manager for FloodMapp, a world-first flood modelling solution, purpose-built for flood intelligence and forecasting. Aimed at improving safety and preventing damage, FloodMapp provides highly accurate, real-time, location-specific and dynamic flood inundation and depth insights for businesses exposed to flooding.

FloodMapp combines big data analytics, automation and machine learning techniques with novel hydrology and hydraulic models to achieve large-scale, rapid flood modelling. Their proprietary technology reads in real-time and forecasted rainfall and river height data, which their models use to estimate predicted peak river heights and generate inundation mapping at scale.Using the highest quality elevation data available, FloodMapp models the inundation extent and depth of an impending flood event up to 7 days prior with instantaneous updates to the prediction to reflect changes in the real-time data inputs.


James Walker is the founder and director of farm finance service AgriHive. A fifth-generation farmer from Longreach, Queensland, James is passionate about Australian family farms and improving financial performance through tailored initiatives and utilising his networks in industry and government.

With his wife and three children, he runs Camden Park, after managing an 80,000-acre family business in Western Queensland.

Coupled with the extensive agribusiness training through industry courses (Grazing for profit, KLR Marketing, Sheep for Profit, Nutrition and others) James has also conducted formal training (Diploma Business – Real Estate Management, Diploma in Agribusiness, Diploma Farm Management and a Nuffield International Scholarship).

When drought hit, James focused his attention on several off-farm projects – studying a diploma of finance and marketing and developing a $32 million solar farm project on the farm. James also used the time during the drought to use his skills to stage summits, with the aim of attracting new ideas from outside agriculture to help solve some of the issues the industry is facing with Agrihive’s mission to ‘Tackle Crisis Points In Agriculture And Generate Actionable Ideas’.

Following these summits and initiatives James was asked to speak at Oxford on disrupting farming through innovative thinking and technology and was awarded a project to build an AG-tech financial tool for farmers incorporating production, finance, environment and weather and climate metrics. Through instruction from the Prime Minister’s office and working with the Department of Agriculture and Meat and Livestock Australia, James developed Farmecco.


April 21
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Event Category:


Virtual Event


Future Farmers Network (FFN)
Australian Rural Leadership Foundation (ARLF)