Farms of the Future

The NSW Government has committed $48 million for an expanded Farms of the Future project.

Farms of the Future banner image showing cow drinking water and Agtech devices in the background, including soil probe monitor, weather monitoring and water level sensor

The expanded program follows the Farms of the Future pilot that showcased the benefits and opportunities agricultural technology (Agtech) can deliver on three farms in Blayney, Narromine and Coonamble.

Aim of the project

The expanded $48 million Farms of the Future project will deliver improved connectivity and encourage farmers to adopt ag tech to boost productivity and improve resource management, including water efficiency and drought preparedness. 

Through the $400 million Regional Digital Connectivity program and the Future Ready Regions strategy, the project is committed to working with regional communities, farmers and industries, enabling them to become more self-reliant and better prepared for the impacts of future drought events and other economic shocks.

How will the project run?

The Farms of the Future project will deliver connectivity solutions to five target regions, comprised of the following 11 local government areas (LGAs) in rural and regional NSW:

  1. Carrathool, Griffith and Leeton
  2. Armidale
  3. Moree Plains and Narrabri
  4. Orange and Cabonne 
  5. Ballina, Byron and Lismore

The project has two core streams of investment:

  • Extension and Capacity Building: the development and roll-out of a multifaceted education program will build industry capacity and increase supplier and farmer digital confidence to use the technology in agriculture.
  • Grants: the provision of a grants program for farmers in target LGAs to establish connectivity and incentivise Agtech device uptake and de-risk investment will commence in early 2023.

The Department of Regional NSW funds the $48 million Farms of the Future program through the Regional Digital Connectivity program.

The program is delivered and administered through the NSW Department of Primary Industries.

For more information

For more information on the Regional Digital Connectivity program or Farms of the Future, please email: RDC.program@regional.nsw.gov.au or FotF@dpi.nsw.gov.au

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