Farmers in Wellington Shire, City of Greater Shepparton, Buloke Shire, Loddon Shire and Moira Shire are eligible to apply for grants of up to $25,000 under round two of the Victorian Government’s On-Farm Internet of Things (IoT) Trial.
IoT technology refers to physical devices with sensors, including silo level monitors, livestock trackers and weather stations, that connect to each other and to the internet to share information.
Technology selected by more than 90 farmers taking part in round one of the trial includes soil moisture probes, livestock trackers, milk vat monitors, security cameras and surface level monitors for troughs and dams.
The Victorian Government has also collaborated with NNNCo to deliver a new long-range network (LoRaWAN) in the trial regions to ensure farmers have the network coverage they need to get the most out of the technologies they invest in.
LoRaWAN allows farmers taking part in the trial to install devices on their farm and securely connect them to the internet, giving them access to the data they need to make more informed and precise decisions about their crops.
In announcing the opening of round two of the On-Farm IoT Trial, Minister for Agriculture Jaclyn Symes said the new round of grants would allow farmers to invest in IoT technology that will make farming easier and more accurate.
“Farmers taking part in Victoria’s On-Farm IoT Trial will pave the way for others in their industry to learn what technology works and what doesn’t when it’s tested in the practical setting of a farm,” the Minister continued.
“Investing in digital agriculture is a priority for us, not only for its potential to make businesses more profitable and sustainable, but for its potential to attract more young people to work in agriculture.”
For more information and to apply, visit agriculture.vic.gov.au/digitalag.