Australia’s largest field day, AgQuip, has been cancelled after being postponed once already this year.
Set to take place this November, the organisers blamed the continuing border restrictions on the cancellation, with the next AgQuip field days to return next year on August 16 to 18.
“It is with a great sense of loss, disruption and disappointment to cancel for the second year, particularly when the Australian agricultural industry is experiencing a boom year and a beacon for our Australian economy,” ACM Rural Events group manager Kate Nugent said.
“It is the most responsible decision to cancel as early as we could to give everyone certainty and minimise the impacts where possible.
“The health and safety of our primary industry, rural and regional communities is our highest priority, which is why we’re encouraging everyone to get vaccinated so we can get back to enjoying COVID-safe events again.”
The organisers will now launch new event AgSmart Australia prior to AgQuip 2022. To be held at the Tamworth Regional Entertainment and Conference Centre on March 9 and 10, the new event will focus on new technology and innovation.
“We needed to remain energised and stay focused on the future,” Nugent said.
“So we used our ingenuity to come up with something new and an exciting way to stage an agri event that had focus and purpose.
“We’re bringing together a number of agtech and innovative start-up companies that will be coming into regional Australia to demonstrate, showcase and really power the minds of our Australian farmers.”