IT and Technology


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Austen Clark talks to us about Agri businesses urged to avoid data harvesting by upping cyber defences

Agricultural firms need robust defences to beat the rising wave of cyberattacks bombarding businesses in the sector.
With farming-related operations becoming increasingly dependent on digitisation, including with the development of Artificial Intelligence and the Internet of Things, so too do they become more vulnerable to cybercrime.
It’s becoming critical in tendering for contracts for firms to evidence good cyber practices, says Austen Clark, managing director of Clark Integrated Technologies in Aberdeenshire.
Businesses with public sector contracts – or those that hope to win work in future procurement processes – need to show their commitment to cyber resilience by seeking a recognised accreditation.
Mr Clark said: “As part of the tightening of supply chain cyber security, contractors that fail to meet minimum requirements can be ruled out of the bidding process.

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Farmer using software on mobile device

An Australian software platform to help farmers manage the compliance requirements of running a modern agribusiness will be commercially trialled in the United Kingdom this month.

The Safe Ag Systems software launched in 2017 to help small farmers manage in an increasingly corporate industry following the harmonisation of Occupational Health & Safety laws in Australia.

Based in Adelaide, South Australia, Safe Ag Systems now has more than 600 customers and 4000 users across Australia and New Zealand.

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precision farming- a man holds a drone in a field

As over 80% of Australian farmers are now using GPS on their tractors, Alan Bullion from IHS Markit Agribusiness Intelligence discusses precision farming…

When human society evolved from hunting and gathering to farming, this was one of the most important events to have occurred in history. As farming emerged as a new industry, it encouraged modern technological innovations including more diverse ranges of machinery and various chemical improvements including artificial fertiliser. The plough, for example, was developed to increase the chances of success in the face of disease, changeable weather and pestilence. Similarly, man-made fertilisers were designed to ensure an immediate and consistent supply of precise nutrients to soil.

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SoilEssentials Ltd Tuberzone Tattie Tech

SoilEssentials Ltd, the award-winning precision farming solutions pioneers, based in Angus, Scotland will be showcasing an innovative new product for potato growers at the forthcoming BP2019, the potato industry event.

Called Tuberzone, this new-to-the-market innovation cleverly tracks and predicts crop yield and tuber size throughout the season helping growers to calculate the optimum time for desiccation, and thus maximising the peak value of seed and salad crops.

SoilEssentials Managing Director, Jim Wilson explains more,