This month, we're reflecting on a very busy start to 2019, and looking forward to some of the events and activities we have coming up over the next few weeks.

Agri-Tech East's February Newsletter

Timing is everything in agriculture and it is a theme for this month. We will be hearing about new tools that will enable growers and livestock producers to rapidly identify disease threats at our next meeting. Our new Members News and Views feature is creating opportunities to quickly gain profile with movers and shakers, and we even took part in a timely meeting at the House of Lords – no not Brexit - to help stress the economic importance of crop and plant science; more on that in this month's blog.
A revolution in diagnostics for farmers!
13th February, 2pm - 5.30pm Incubtye, Waterbeach

New types of testing for soil health, mastitis, bovine TB, Fusarium and post-harvest disease are to be discussed – many for the first time – at this Pollinator. Of particular interest are point-of-care technologies designed to make it easy to diagnose human health in the field that are now being repurposed for livestock. Many of these diagnostics reduce the need for lab work and so can provide results in hours not days.
Learn more by hearing from Analytik, Beosense, FungiAlert, PBD Biotech, RoboScientific and the University of Newcastle (via CHAP). FREE to members, modest charge for non-members, to register click here.
Bringing the Outside In
19th March, 10am – 4pm Rothamsted Centre for Research and Enterprise, Harpenden

Controlled environments offer the opportunity to grow intensively, to overcome the limits of seasonality and create new types of value chain. But can they scale? Is the technology robust enough to create fully automated operations? How can traditional undercover farming benefit? These are the types of questions experts will be discussing in this one-day event kindly sponsored by Innovate UK and in association with the Association for Vertical Farming. Registration discounts and free exhibition spaces for members, charges for for non member delegates and exhibitors – book tickets here.
You’ve Met the Robots – Now They’re Swarming!
April 25th, 4 - 7pm Future Business Centre, Cambridge

What role will robots play in the agricultural workforce of the future? They can do the dirty, difficult, dangerous and dull tasks that humans can’t or won’t reliably do on farm or in processing. But as a team they can work together to share information and become even more efficient. This is your chance to find out more about connecting up the robotic workforce for the industry, and hear from some newsworthy members, including Precision Decisions (recently acquired by Map of Agriculture) and the Small Robot Company, as well as the latest research on consumer views of robotic farming. Free for members, small charge for non members. Register now.
In other news:
YIF visit: Frederick Hiam Factory Tour
We're pleased to announce our next Young Innovators' visit is to our farming member Frederick Hiam! We've got a great programme lined up looking at processing and packing fresh produce; read more about this free event here or learn about the Forum aimed at early career farmers, scientists and agribusiness professionals.

Could your technology be applied post-harvest storage?
We are providing members with an exclusive opportunity to pitch their innovation at the European Association of Potato Research Post-Harvest Section meeting in Norwich on 12th March. The one-hour session will kick start the conference and will be a chance to raise your profile and network with key industry players, researchers and advisers of the potato industry. To find out more, please contact Laura Bouvet.

New Zealand Delegation Opportunity, 12-15th June
British High Commision in NZ are seeking UK businesses & research institutions to participate in a government-supported delegation at New Zealand’s National Agricultural Fieldays 2019. In particular, solutions for the farming of ruminants, water and soil quality maintenance, and sustainability monitoring are of interest. Research organisations can contact Kate Calcott and businesses James Kayam for information.

Find us at: Norfolk Farming Conference (7 Feb), AHDB Storage Roadshows - Cambridgeshire (12 Feb) and Norfolk (26 Feb)

A very warm welcome to this month's new members:

Cambridge Consultants


and to renewing members:

Agro Mavens
DWA Advisory & Consulting
Prime Agriculture

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