OVER the next few pages we bring to you the best of AgQuip while still observing social distancing rules during the pandemic.
You will find information and news from producers, handlers, agri-businesses and other experts who would have been at AgQuip.
Sadly, organisers of the annual field days were forced to cancel this year's events in light of COVID-19.
The cancellation was done after consulting with federal and state government, public health authorities and agencies.
"It's been a monumental year for ACM Rural Events, the organisers of Australia's biggest field day, AgQuip, as we create the hybrid event structure (in-person and virtual event) for this unique and most anticipated agri-event," ACM rural events group manager Kate Nugent said.
The team is now preparing an AgQuip as never before, launching the Agri-Tech Expo, the Education Expo and expand the Rural Relief Expo.
These will create new, safe demonstration areas and operate with a safe code of conduct.
"We will bring to life the in-person AgQuip event with more than 3000 agri-companies and associated products and services in 2021 over the three days, August 17 to 19," Kate said.
"At the same time, they will present the opportunity for a virtual event for those people unable to attend in person, so you won't miss out on seeing or hearing about the latest farming equipment launched in Australia at AgQuip, or demonstrated, or discussions about special features and new innovation forging productivity, sustainability, profitability on the land."
AgQuip organisers have also developed a new rural innovation event; Agri-Tech Expo.
This is aimed at providing insights into the future of farming, such as displaying and demonstrating AI, robotics, agri regulation and compliance.
"The aim is to stimulate and accelerate innovation information and education through the agri-food chain, as the program is streamed live to the online audience in a virtual format across the world," Kate said.
The Education Expo will include displays from universities, boarding schools, agricultural colleges, as well as a program of educational workshops transformed to webinars to inform and provide guidance across a range of topics to encourage a career in agriculture.
This will be one of the AgQuip virtual experiences to be offered to innovate, transform and inspire a wider viewing audience.
"We have also created a new event, The Great Escape Expo (four-wheel-drive, caravan, camping, boating, fishing, hunting and travel) to be staged in Tamworth, in May 2021," Kate said.
"We can't wait to see our Australian primary industry and our farming community gather at the one place at the same time in a safe environment for all."