Andrew Bate has spent a life time in agriculture. He studied agronomy at the University of Queensland, spent several years as a field agronomist and currently farms near Emerald, Central Queensland. Andrew grows around 10,000 acres of cereal and pulse grains and runs 1,600 head of beef cattle. In 2012, he and his wife Jocie founded SwarmFarm Robotics as a business to commercialise robotic technology for agriculture. As CEO Andrew is the chief visionary, leveraging his experience as a grain and cattle farmer and his deep knowledge of robotics to drive the successful development of the SwarmFarm technology. Andrew is passionate about how robotic farming systems hold the key to the next wave of productivity gains, and how they will change the future of agriculture. Andrew will address Robotic agriculture: commercial examples and the potential for viticulture in Session 8 on Tuesday.