James Walker - Round 3, 2016 Champion

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James Walker

Supporting rural resilience and sustainability

It’s not every day that a fifth-generation farmer opens a yacht club and creates a digital game that empowers Agribusiness. But for James Walker, a forward-thinking beef and wool producer based in Longreach, diversifying into tourism and technology has seen his family’s historical station rise from the dust after the worst drought on record.

The Outback Yacht Club is just one innovation that demonstrates James’ originality, and knack for challenging both people and processes to find smarter solutions.

A firm advocate of digital technologies in agribusiness, and creator of Agrihive.com, James is using tools such as cutting-edge weather forecasting technology and internet livestock auctions to give his pastoral grazing business and other producers an international edge.

James is helping his community create new possibilities quickly in global agriculture by embracing digital disruptive innovation.

James recognises the need to embrace ag-tech, and improve farmers’ financial literacy and business management skills. He has been collaborating with farmers, business, the Department of Agriculture and Meat and Livestock Australia to develop a digital predictive tool to empower farmers to understand their financial situation and make more informed data driven decisions.

James is also passionately encouraging rural producers to collaborate, and find solutions to the challenges facing farmers as they move towards a more profitable and sustainable future. He uses a strong web presence and social media to bring farmers together ‘from their homes, offices, tractors and paddocks’. Some of his activities include:

  • staging industry summits and streaming them live online
  • running case study competitions on social media to generate innovative ideas
  • producing information videos and webinars that educate farmers about ag-tech solutions, and inspire them to go digital
  • connecting famers with city-dwellers through social media to create awareness of what is happening in the outback
  • developing intuitive powerful tool to improve profits inside the farm gate.

As a digital champ, James will continue to use innovative methods to encourage collaboration and digital adoption in the agricultural industry.

James is nominated by: Queensland Department of Agriculture and Fisheries.


James Walker

Supporting rural resilience and sustainability

It’s not every day that a fifth-generation farmer opens a yacht club and creates a digital game that empowers Agribusiness. But for James Walker, a forward-thinking beef and wool producer based in Longreach, diversifying into tourism and technology has seen his family’s historical station rise from the dust after the worst drought on record.

The Outback Yacht Club is just one innovation that demonstrates James’ originality, and knack for challenging both people and processes to find smarter solutions.

A firm advocate of digital technologies in agribusiness, and creator of Agrihive.com, James is using tools such as cutting-edge weather forecasting technology and internet livestock auctions to give his pastoral grazing business and other producers an international edge.

James is helping his community create new possibilities quickly in global agriculture by embracing digital disruptive innovation.

James recognises the need to embrace ag-tech, and improve farmers’ financial literacy and business management skills. He has been collaborating with farmers, business, the Department of Agriculture and Meat and Livestock Australia to develop a digital predictive tool to empower farmers to understand their financial situation and make more informed data driven decisions.

James is also passionately encouraging rural producers to collaborate, and find solutions to the challenges facing farmers as they move towards a more profitable and sustainable future. He uses a strong web presence and social media to bring farmers together ‘from their homes, offices, tractors and paddocks’. Some of his activities include:

  • staging industry summits and streaming them live online
  • running case study competitions on social media to generate innovative ideas
  • producing information videos and webinars that educate farmers about ag-tech solutions, and inspire them to go digital
  • connecting famers with city-dwellers through social media to create awareness of what is happening in the outback
  • developing intuitive powerful tool to improve profits inside the farm gate.

As a digital champ, James will continue to use innovative methods to encourage collaboration and digital adoption in the agricultural industry.

James is nominated by: Queensland Department of Agriculture and Fisheries.