Speaker Profile

Andrew Coppin

MD and Founder, Farmbot

Andrew is a passionate advocate for the better use of technology in Agribusiness to improve
productivity, profitability and the management of natural capital. After an extensive executive career in capital markets and funds management he has spent the last six years in the Agritech sector mentoring emerging technology companies as an Investor, Adviser and Company Director.

He is currently Managing Director of Farmbot Monitoring Solutions Australia and Founding Member and previous President of The Australian Agritech Association.

Bim Struss

Producer, Mitchell, Farmbot Customer

Bim is a Director on the AgForce Queensland Farmers Board and represents the Industry on the Government Animal Welfare Advisory Board. He also chairs the Land Tenure Working Group. In his local area he is Chairman of Directors of the Maranoa Kangaroo Harvesters and Producers Co-op, and a member of the management committee for the local Mitchel and District Landcare Association. He sits on the Anglican All Saints Parish Council and is Patron of the local Mitchell Show. One of Bim’s favourite benevolent roles is a Director of BeefBank, a conduit to FareShare and FoodBank, supplying beef for nutritious meals for those less fortunate. Part of this role is Chairman of the Great Australian Charity Cattle Drive raising funds to build a Mobile Processing Unit, again to get meat into Food Bank and FareShare for the underprivileged.

With his wife Susan they own and manage “Havelock” and “Yellow Cap” commercial breeding and backgrounding properties in the Mitchell district, where they supply high
quality steers to the feed-on market.

Ashley Silver

CEO and Founder of Atlas Carbon

Ashley Silver is the CEO and Founder of Atlas Carbon, which blends its digital farm management technology MaiaGrazing with in-depth property assessments, plans and expert
support to help graziers with the “how” of building soil carbon in ERF registered carbon projects. Ashley has nearly 20 years of experience building new ventures, business strategies and conservation incentive programs across Australia, North America, Europe, Africa and Latin America. Her recent ventures have centred around digital solutions in the climate, health, finance and education industries with a focus on data analytics and AI to support behaviour change and education. Ashley is excited about the role carbon markets can play in
supporting graziers to adopt the latest practices to improve productivity, land resilience and soil carbon by providing an important secondary revenue stream through carbon credits.

Mark Trotter

Professor in Precision Livestock Management at CQU

Mark Trotter is the Professor in Precision Livestock Management within the School of Medical an Applied Sciences at Central Queensland University (CQU). Mark is a member of the Future Farming Institute and Precision Livestock Research Group at CQU. 

His research interests focus on spatio-temporal variability in agricultural systems and the development of sensors and management techniques that enable producers to increase production and efficiency in the face of variation found in soils, plants and animals. 

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