As we start looking forward to spring, we have lots of opportunities for you in this month's newsletter.

Agri-Tech East's March Newsletter

Now the worst of the winter is (hopefully) over, our thoughts are turning to the future – transforming the food production system is our theme this month. The blog provides a perspective on the ‘Innovation with a Purpose’ report, launched at the World Economic Forum, which identifies key technologies that will underpin the next decade of food and farming. Our upcoming events include advice on how to fund innovation, opportunities to meet collaborators and a hackathon to stimulate creative solutions.
Improved connectivity is essential for many of the technical advances, so our Professional Insights contribution this month is by Richard Dix of Rural Broadband. Have a great month!

Calling All Members – our Annual Give-Get Exchange
15th March 2018, NIAB, Histon
How to access the skills and enthusiasm of professional interns will be revealed at this exclusive members-only event, which provides a unique opportunity to meet individuals working at every stage of the value-chain across our membership. Come to the “Give-Get Exchange” to create collaborations, interest investors and update your contacts list. Members only - no charge to attend, but please register your place in advance here.
Smart money for smart farming (and other things)
22nd March 2018, Kings Lynn Innovation Centre
Thomas Engel, Manager of John Deere’s Technology Innovation Strategy, will be giving the keynote address at this event, the last in a series held in partnership with the Smart AKIS Smart Farming programme. A range of speakers will discuss how to fund your R&D activities, how to align finance with business needs, routes to market for innovation, and sources of funding public, private, charitable and collaborative. FREE to all but prior registration is required.
Can You Hack It? >sudo : grow
7th and 8th April, Future Business Centre, Cambridge
We are accelerating the pace of innovation with our first agri-hackathon. Held in partnership with Allia Serious Impact and with generous sponsorship by BASFBarclays and SmithsonHill we’ll be hearing from industry experts including from Greenvale, G’s Growers, NIAB and SJ Temple to help frame the challenges needing solutions. It’s free to come and hack but we need you there for the whole weekend (yes, and overnight!). Industry supporters, judges and advisors are welcome (and no need to stay!) Find out more.

15th March: DEFRA Agri-Tech Workshop – Have Your Say! (1.30-3.30pm, Cambs) We're hosting a DEFRA workshop to provide an opportunity for you to help shape the future delivery of funding for agri-tech. The aim is to gather views on the current options and the value achieved and to look at ways to improve in the future. Book your free place.

followed by Trust, Provenance and Blockchain – Impacts and Opportunities for Agriculture (4pm-7pm) Blockchain gives users a way to create a time-stamped, tamper-proof record of all transactions on a network. This can be used for audit trails, smart contracts or to improve trust and transparency in supply chains. Find out more.

Young Innovators' Forum
We had an excellent visit to NIAB Eastern Agri-Tech Innovation Hub last week, meeting Entomics, Aponics and Celbuis on the way. You can read a blog by Temur, one of our attendees. Don't forget to sign up for the YIF AgriScience Conference, held at Morley Agriculture Foundation later this month - places going fast.

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


and to renewing members:

Bayer Crop Science
Brown & Co
Elveden Farms
University of East Anglia

Learn about the benefits of Agri-Tech East membership, and check out member testimonials.
In other news
Agri-Tech East is delighted to be a Supporter of the Farming by Satellite Prize, designed to promote Europe’s Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS) and Earth Observation (EO) services in agriculture. With a top cash prize of €5,000, team or individual entries are welcome and can be about any type of agriculture. To find out more click here.
DEFRA invites input into their consultation “Health and Harmony: The Future for Food, Farming and the Environment in a Green Brexit”. Deadline to respond is May 18th Click here to read more.
Pioneering Agricultural Innovation
01223 760135

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