DIT AgTech Founder & CEO
Mark founded DIT AgTech to carry on the legacy of his father and uncle, who were pioneers in the field of water supplementation for cattle in Australia. He was inspired by their dedication to improving livestock health and productivity through innovative solutions.
An agricultural landscape that embraces technology and innovation to tackle pressing challenges and improve efficiency.
A world where farmers can access affordable tools and resources to optimise production, reduce environmental impact, and promote sustainability.
A thriving global agricultural sector that successfully meets the needs of a growing population while preserving the planet for generations to come.
Early life and aviation career
Mark was raised on sheep and cattle properties in Queensland. He attended Gatton Agricultural College, where he completed an Associate Diploma of Farm Management.
Upon graduating, Mark began working on cattle stations in the Northern Territory (NT), where he discovered his passion for flying. This love for aviation led him to a 25-year career in the industry, flying both fixed-wing aircraft and helicopters, primarily in helicopter mustering throughout outback Australia.
During this time, Mark founded several aviation companies and related businesses that catered to the agricultural sector. With a wealth of diverse experiences in Australia’s general aviation community, Mark’s lifetime passion for flying took him around the globe. He holds both Australian and FAA Airline Pilot Licences, as well as a Commercial Helicopter Licence, and completed an MBA from Deakin University in Melbourne in 2013.
Leveraging his aviation business management expertise, Mark ventured into the property industry, successfully executing numerous residential and rural land development projects. In 2011, he identified a niche in the market and founded Light Jets Australia as a fully integrated private jet charter company specialising in light jets. Mark also serves as a Director of Archerfield Jet Base, a Brisbane Fixed Base Operator offering aircraft storage, passenger and pilot amenities, and support services for private aviators.
Serving the livestock industry
“At the heart of DIT AgTech lies an unrelenting passion and commitment to drive innovation and productivity in the global agriculture industry.”
Mark is determined to address the challenge of feeding our growing population sustainably and ethically. He envisions a future where farmers can afford and access groundbreaking technology to increase production, overcome financial obstacles, and meet global food demands.
As the founder of DIT AgTech, Mark has a long-term, intergenerational vision for the company. He likens his work to planting and nurturing a sapling that will eventually grow into a strong tree, providing shade for future generations—even if he may not personally enjoy its shelter. It’s a vision that extends beyond his own lifetime, and so Mark is committed to building a team that will carry the company’s mission forward for years to come.
Mark is also deeply concerned about the current lack of entrepreneurship in the agricultural sector. He believes that the existing capital structures within agricultural financial markets hinder young and aspiring farmers from entering the industry. Mark is convinced that fostering entrepreneurship—what he refers to as “zero starters”—is the key to propelling the industry forward. These individuals possess a risk profile that allows them to embrace innovation without fearing failure, using setbacks as opportunities for growth and improvement.
Personal life and interests
When Mark isn’t working to transform the world of farming, he enjoys spending time with his family, participating in endurance events, and caring for his horses and livestock. Based in Toowoomba, he continues to stay connected to his roots in Northern Australia.
To learn more about how Mark and the DIT AgTech team can help your farm harness the power of precision water supplementation, contact us today. Together, we can shape the future of agriculture and create a more sustainable world for all.
How to get started
Australia’s leading producers are feeling the positive ripple effects of DIT AgTech’s Livestock Water Supplementation and Productivity Platform. Book a consultation to learn how it could work for you.
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