Digital Farm Grants Program – Round 2
Applications for Round 2 of the Digital Farm Grants Program now open until Wednesday 4 December 2019.
The Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development (the department) is pleased to announce a second round of the Digital Farm Grants Program to expand digital connectivity in regional Western Australia that will create jobs and boost economic growth.
Round 2 aims to replicate the success of the inaugural round by encouraging proposals from service providers to invest in communications infrastructure that will improve connectivity for more agribusinesses and communities across regional Western Australia.
An additional $2 million has been allocated from the Agricultural Telecommunications Infrastructure Fund for this grants program over the next two years.
WA IoTDecisionAg Grants
The eConnected Grainbelt Project continues to have an important presence throughout WA's Grainbelt.
The latest news from the project team is the announcement of the WA Internet of Things (IoT) DecisionAg grants.
Fifteen projects throughout the state were awarded funding through the initiative. Thirteen grower group and agricultural college recipients will share in $582,800 to implement and trial a range of connectivity solutions.
This initiative is designed to assist in overcoming challenges that remain with regards to ‘on-farm connectivity’.
Learn more about the IoT grants.
DPIRD's upgraded weather website
The project team is continuing to enhance its agricultural-technology (ag-tech) tools and share them with local growers, showing them first-hand how these specifically-designed tools can assist them in their daily working lives, to improve profitability and efficiency, increase yields and even reduce stress.
The eConnected Grainbelt Project team released its upgraded weather stations application at the 2018 Dowerin Field Days and since that time has released several new and improved versions, including Version 1.5 (see promo video below). This version is the biggest new release to date and covers a swag of improvements such as - a new weather legend updated with brighter colours to improve readibility, more details about station outages, the addition of minimum temperature in the past 24 hours and increased capacity to drill down to individual station summaries.
The project's updated weather website provides users with better functionality, aesthetics and usability when compared to the previous site.
The new weather web application now includes an easy-to-read, drop down summary of current data for each of the department’s 176 weather stations and Bureau Of Meteorology (BoM) radar information.
The new dashboard enables farmers, consultants and other users to capture and compare a range of weather data all on one page. This new feature offers the ability to select a range of dates to graph, compare and analyse data.
Enjoy the improved functionality, which makes the site more intuitive and easier to navigate.To learn more about the latest site, please see the informative videos below.
Visit the revised weather application for yourself.
Version 1.5: This release includes many new improvements.
New features: Learn more about the latest features added to the upgraded weather website.
Updated weather website: This video summarises the updated weather stations application.
Tutorial video: This is a tutorial video, or a users' guide for the upgraded weather site.