South West producers will have access to new precision agriculture technology and water management insight at an upcoming workshop in June. The free event in Manjimup — run by the South West WA Drought Resilience Adoption and Innovation Hub and supported by Southern Forests Food Council and the South West Catchments Council — will be attended by a big list of knowledgeable industry professionals who will discuss a range of topics, including horticulture, pasture and livestock. Guest speakers include Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development’s Richard Fennessy on the adoption of biodegradable mulch technology, Stirlings to Coast Farmers’ Phil Honey on analysing the role of new technology in on-farm decision making, the University of Western Australia’s Bonny Stutsel on WaterSmart Dams, Curtin University’s Julia Easton on on-farm water demand for the South West, and more. The workshop will also feature an Agtech panel session with Easton, Honey, and Living Farm’s Frank D’Emden, and paddock walks which will include discussions on five-year perennial pasture trial and estimate dam volumes and irrigation usage. SW WA Hub adoption manager Julianne Hill said the event would showcase outcomes from projects supported by the Australian Government’s Future Drought Fund or initiated by the SW WA Hub, and demonstrate how they can be put into practice on WA farms. “With dual themes of precision Agtech and water management, the SW WA Hub Science to Practice Forum Workshop will provide applicable and practical outcomes for producers,” she said. “Topics include improving dam water retention and performance, combining CSIRO technology and weather data to improve on-farm decisions, analysing current monitoring technology to find the right fit for your farm, and digital tools to map and improve yield. “From horticulture to pasture to livestock, there will be information relevant to you.” The event is funded through the FDF and complements the free, online national FDF Science to Practice Forum from June 6 to 8, a national showcase for innovative tools and practices helping Australian farmers respond to a changing climate and prepare for future drought. For more information or to register for the workshop in Manjimup, visit the SW WA Hub website.