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SPAA Factsheet features in The Weekly Times February Crop Gear magazine

Posted 15th February 2017

Did you see the article in the February issue of The Weekly Times Crop Gear magazine about Weed Sensing Technology? Did you want to learn more about this, download our factsheet now filled with a list of benefits and case studies! 

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New Factsheets launched by SPAA

Posted 9th December 2016

New Factsheets launched by SPAA

SPAA supports innovation, and innovation also includes people. We are thrilled to launch our great new factsheets providing you with a snapshot and access to explain the capabilities of a range of PA tools and technologies that are applied across the grains industry. Here the first 2 of six are made available to you.  

These factsheets look at a range of innovative practices and systems specifically machinery and equipment, and techniques, and also address the capacity to innovate to ensure that PA information outcomes are targeted and delivered in a timely and effective manner. The topics have been decided by you in our survey conducted in 2015. 

The key features of the factsheets are the tried and tested experiences, where we have profiled successful adoptors of the “said” innovation.

Enjoy and download your copy now 

Produced with thanks to the South Australian Grain Industry Trust Fund. 

#PASymposium16 Proceedings now available

Posted 5th October 2016

#PASymposium16 Proceedings now available

Couldn't make it to #PASympoisum16 in Toowoomba last month, great news, the event proceedings are now freely available. Download your copy now!

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New team at SPAA to build on precision agriculture drive

Posted 29th September 2016

We are thrilled to announce two new appointments with Ms Amanda Woods as the association’s new PA Development Officer and Ms Joanne Pech as its new Event Co-ordinator.  

SPAA Executive officer Dr Nicole Dimos said, “These exciting positions established by SPAA are the result of having to meet the demands of the industry. We are seeing tremendous growth in PA nationally, and this opportunity requires SPAA to revisit its communication and extension strategy; from increasing our online presence, to hosting more frequent webinars and training and even more events across Australia as more and more industries are realising the benefits of PA”.

Ms Woods hails from Sunbury, VIC, and comes to the organisation with experience and enthusiasm in online engagement. Amanda Woods is an educator in the area of science and technology. She has a science degree with Honours and 10 years experience working in project and change management and describes herself as a lifestyle farmer / tree changer. She has recently joined the SPAA team as a Development Officer, responsible for social media / marketing where we will see technical PA presented in a powerful and emotive way and engagement and participation with farmers and industry.

You can connect with Amanda and SPAA on LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter @SPAA_DO, Pinterest, Instagram, YouTube and SlideShare.

Ms Woods said “I’m looking forward to sharing my ideas to increase the adoption of PA across Australia and internationally.  I’ll be working hard to showcase how technology informs better decision making to save time and money.  Working with key influencers, farmers, industry, and sponsors, I aim to ensure SPAA continues to provide relevant, easily accessible and up - to - date information.”

Ms Pech, now based in Adelaide, was born and raised in the Riverland of South Australia on a mixed fruit growing property.  Joanne has worked in agriculture for much of her career, specifically research projects in viticulture, irrigation, natural resource management, and salinity where she gained valuable skills in identifying industry issues, working with industry to deliver relevant information, as well as reporting and presenting outcomes to wider audiences. 

Ms Pech will be busy on the road organising events across Australia advocating the latest information available in precision agriculture (PA) and delivering relevant and timely information to landholders and industry across the range of agricultural commodities.

Ms Pech said “I’m excited to take on the role. Promoting PA to a wider audience will be a challenge, but an important one to showcase that SPAA is a national group with the interests of all agricultural industries. I’m looking forward to meeting many farmers as SPAA returns to many locations and ventures to new regions across Australia to promote PA through events and workshops”.

“Both new team members are extremely passionate in accepting the roles and are looking forward to working on promoting the benefits of precision agriculture (PA) and the SPAA brand and will be of a great asset to the organisation” said Nicole. These hands on roles will encompass relationship building and servicing, growing the membership base, marketing co-ordination to increase the national branding of SPAA. 

Amanda can be contacted via email on

Joanne can be contacted via email on

International trends in technology for agriculture

Posted 2nd September 2016

Attending the International Conference on Precision Agriculture (ICPA) is a great way to keep abreast of developments in PA and some of the people behind them. SPAA sent its editor of Precision Ag News Emma leonard along. Here is what she had to say...

This year for the first time the ICPA ran concurrently with InfoAg. While the ICPA provides a window to the latest research on PA, InfoAg has more practical, political and industry presentations and a comprehensive trade show.

More details from these events will be published in Precision Ag News but here are a few overarching impressions.

Research into new tools and applications seems to have plateaued. Sensor integration, data collection from satellites and UAVs, systems for sharing big data and PA education were some of the areas where progress is occurring.

At InfoAg I was surprised that the only on-the-go sensor on display was a machine carrying pH, EC and soil carbon sensors from Veris. No weed or nitrogen sensors.

There were many new companies and brands offering data integration and decision support services. While some of these were smaller companies several included major players such as IBM, Iteris, Bosch and Verizon a major provider of wireless solutions.

In her closing address at InfoAg Lisa Prassack encouraged us all to capitalise on these new entrants to the PA space by working with them to understand the problems to which we want solutions. Come and hear more from Lisa at the 19th Precision Agriculture Symposium where she is the international keynote speaker. 

Registrations NOW OPEN for #PASymposium16

Posted 3rd August 2016

Registrations are now open for #PASymposium16. Download your fillable form here

The annual PA Symposium is now underway, an opportunity for all PA enthusiasts  to LEARN, SHARE, CONNECT and BE INSPIRED.

The latest developments in agricultural technology from researchers, consultants and great farmer case studies will be on show. Held over two days, the forum was a must for the innovative!

DATE: The 19th PA event has a date set for Monday12th and Tuesday 13th September.

Visit the events section of our website for more details.

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We're Hiring: Administration and Finance Job Opportunity with SPAA

Posted 3rd August 2016

Are you proficient and experienced in book-keeping & in the use of Quickbooks?

An excellent role exists for a true all rounder, managing the administrative and financial functions for us.

Great benefits that really do focus on balancing work and life.

If you want to exercise your book-keeping skills, then this may be the opportunity that you have been looking for………………..

Download a copy of our position description 

For further information or to lodge an application please contact Nicole Dimos, Executive Officer on email or phone 0437422000. 

Closing dates for applications is COB Monday 22nd August 2016.

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We're hiring!

Posted 11th July 2016


- Do you have a passion for Precision Agriculture and all the benefits it can deliver?
- Are you a good relationship manager who loves to organise events and engage through social media?
Then this may be the opportunity that you have been looking for………………..

We are looking for a PA Development Officer to join our small team on a fixed term part time basis, initially for 12 months (0.5 FTE) to manage our positioning in the agriculture market in order to reach share, volume and profitability objectives of the SPAA brand. The role will take accountability for managing marketing related activities including events, programs and promotions which revolve around increasing grower adoption of Precision Agriculture across Australia; providing Precision Agriculture information using a variety of methods; enhancing the branding of SPAA; administration and reporting.

Download PD here

All enquiries directed to the SPAA EO Nicole Dimos on 0437422000.

Applications close Friday 29th July, by emailing your application to Nicole Dimos on 

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SPAA Membership renewal time

Posted 14th June 2016

It's that time of the year we we ask for your support!

SPAA continues to be at the forefront of PA in Australia through a strong calendar of events, technical projects and quarterly publication of PAN – Precision Ag News.

Having a strong membership base is key in securing future funding from both commercial and government partners, and this in turn, allows us to continue the research, development and extension work for precision agriculture in Australia.  So, as well as giving you access to our events and magazine, new factsheets, your membership fee also helps to secure the funding we need to progress technologies in order to drive sustainability and profitability in agriculture.

Renew before 10th July 2015 and go in the draw to WIN a 1:16 Big Farm S670 combine with 630R Grain Head toy, RRP $139.95

 The prize will be drawn at random from all renewals received by 10th July 2016, at the 19th Annual PA Symposium – 12th & 13th September @ Toowoomba Golf Club, Qld.

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SPAA Wins Grower Group Award

Posted 13th April 2016

SPAA Wins Grower Group Award

We are thrilled with the result of being awarded the AgByte Encouragement Award at last week's Ag Excellence Alliance Forum and Awards Night.

The award recognises the contributions farming groups make supporting farmers and their members, and the efforts by our team in showing clear direction, focus and dedication in achieving its goals was noted. 

Congratulations to the Hart Field Site Group who won the coverted award, and fingers crossed we next year we go one prize better!

Thanks to all the staff and committee (past and present) who have made SPAA the successful group in promoting Precision Agriculture it is said Nicole Dimos SPAA Executive Officer. 

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