Welcome to 2018! We have lots of big plans for the year ahead - read about them in our first 2018 newsletter.

Agri-Tech East's January Newsletter

The year has started with a well-publicised speech by Michael Gove, Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs. Among other things he talked about the need to improve our soils and to use new ways to value land use and management. We will be exploring both of these topics this month in our latest blog, which takes a new look at the role of livestock on arable farms, and in our Pollinator on how farmers can put a financial value on so-called Natural Capital.

In other news, we start interviews this month for a new person to join our team with a focus on special projects, which is a shared role with AHDB. Funding innovation is the theme of this month's Professional Insights article, featuring Craig Sigley from Barclays talking about the need to embed innovation into the industry “swiftly and completely” – click here to read on.

We wish you all a healthy and successful 2018 and look forward to working with you in
the coming year.

Counting the Cost (and Value) of Natural Capital; 24th Jan, Norwich
How can so-called “natural capital” be linked to the financial bottom line in a farm business? We’ll be hearing from leading Norfolk farmer Poul Hovesen, Alice Midmer LEAF’s Head of Integrated Farm Management, Dave Burton of Natural England (who has been working with Agrimetrics on a project to quantify natural capital), and Prof Paul Leinster (Cranfield University and Chair of DEFRA’s Natural Capital Committee). As usual, Pollinators are FREE for our members and £35 for non members. Click to register.
Smart Farming: The 'AI'm of Machine Learning in Agriculture; 20th Feb, Cambridge 
We’ll be learning more about the role of Artificial Intelligence on farms and how machine learning and robotics are helping improve efficiency and reveal new insights. With speakers from Microsoft Research, Fujitsu, Kings College London, Iteris and others, this is your chance to find out more about a different kind of AI on farms. This event is FREE to members (a modest charge applies for non members). To find out more and register, click here.
PIPS, Jobs and Opps - Member Give-Get Exchange 2018; 15th March, Cambridge
If your New Year’s Resolution is to expand the skills base in your business, join us in March for our member-only event to network and learn about recruiting highly skilled professional interns, and connecting with new and existing contacts for your business. This event is for members only and is FREE to attend; sign up here.

It’s Official – We’re “Ones to Watch!”
We are super-excited to have been selected as one of the UK’s “Ones to Watch” in the European Business Awards, and are especially proud to be the only UK business in the competition active in agriculture / farming! The National Winners will be announced at an event at the London Stock Exchange later this month. 

Innovation Hub – Royal Norfolk Show, 27-28 June
The Innovation Hub at the Royal Norfolk Show 2018 will again feature innovative technical products, services and research relevant to the industry. With great media coverage and the chance to meet farmers and visiting political and other VIPs, showcasing your organisation in the Hub gives an unprecedented opportunity for profile. To express an interest in exhibiting, please contact us to request an application form. The Innovation Hub is delivered in partnership with the Royal Norfolk Agricultural Association and kindly sponsored by the British Beet Research Organisation.

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

The Andersons Centre
Roythornes Solicitors

and to renewing members:
Harper Adams University
Institute for Environmental Analytics
J A Kemp
PBD Biotech

Learn about the benefits of Agri-Tech East membership, and check out member testimonials.
FREE REAP 2018 ticket….
….up for grabs for the completed survey randomly drawn out of the grain hopper on 19th January 2018. We’re asking for members' thoughts and comments about Agri-Tech East to help us stay focused on delivering value to our membership and wider network. To complete the survey and be in with a chance to join us for FREE on 7th November 2018, click here.

In Other News….
Building on our Africa event held last year, there is an opportunity to meet delegates from Uganda, Tanzania and Zambia, with a particular interest in agriculture, grain production and machinery. The delegation will be in the UK for the LAMMA show on Jan 18th, and will include representation from SARO Agri, MeTL, Ndurwa Millers Limited, Agrovet Farmers, Totco Lira and the Ministry of Agriculture, Animal Industry and Fisheries (Uganda). Please get in touch to find out more.
Pioneering Agricultural Innovation
01223 760135

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