Launching the first REAP 2018 exhibitors, our autumn events and some open opportunities.

Agri-Tech East's September Newsletter

Following the recent European Court of Justice ruling on new crop varieties generated by gene editing and the current UK consultation on legislation around drones, we have been thinking a lot about the role of standards and regulation in agri-tech. In our blog this month we argue that early engagement with regulators and industry involvement in technical standards could help drive innovation and the adoption of new technologies on farm. This discussion is complemented by Hermione Thompson from JA Kemp who explains how to cultivate IP and fertilise innovation from a legal perspective in our Professional Insights feature. Have a great month (and don’t forget to register for REAP 2018!).

Smart irrigation – a drip at a time
13 September, Easton College
Extreme weather – floods and droughts – have created pressure for growers and water resources. Smart irrigation is one of the approaches to be discussed at this event by speakers include: Paul Hammett, the NFU national water specialist; Prof Jerry Knox of the Cranfield Water Science Institute and Steve Moncaster, Anglia Water Supply Demand Strategy Manager. Andrew Howseman discusses how drip irrigation has evolved hereSign up now to attend.

Innovations in Ag-chem
9 October, Rothamsted Research; sponsored by Innovate UK

There are many new approaches to developing chemicals for pest control and growth enhancement.  We will be gaining an insight into the early pipeline to understand how the next generation of ag-chemicals will reach intended targets more effectively with less risk of resistance. Register for this event.
Topical debate at REAP
A new feature of REAP is a lively debate with industry experts from different perspectives. It will consider whether innovation in agri-tech should be targeted towards food production in broadacre environments, or whether alternative food systems could be more economically and environmentally sustainable.
Remember there is a bursary if you meet the criteria and opportunities to exhibit if you have the killer solution for an industry challenge; read more from exhibitor PlaterBio here. 5 BASIS points also available for attendees.

A Week of Agri-Innovations
The business case for agri-tech innovation is a strong theme in this, the 5th Agri-Tech Week. Eight partners have been involved in creating a programme of workshops, seminars, discussion sessions and learning opportunities that offer opportunities to interact directly with others that are passionate about making technology fit for purpose, improving productivity and overcoming the challenges faced by farmers and growers. The programme is still being finalised but do get these dates in your diary.
Looking Ahead
We’ve been busy planning our 2019 events programme – watch this space for fresh thinking around biologicals in agriculture, vertical farming, soil amendment solutions, robotics and automation, and new tech for disease diagnostics in plants and animals. There’ll also be member-only opportunities in the 2019 calendar.

In other news
The Transforming Food Production Call opened on 20th August, with £20 million funding for innovation projects that improve productivity and sustainability by developing enhanced decision support, precision agriculture technology solutions and systems for crop and ruminant (e.g. cattle, sheep, goats) agriculture. Read more here.

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

Howseman Agriculture
Itaka Crop Solutions
Wroot Water

and to this month's renewing members:

Allpress Farms Ltd
Innovate UK
Rothamsted Research
Satellite Applications Catapult
University of Lincoln

Learn about the benefits of Agri-Tech East membership, and check out member testimonials.
DIT Agri-Tech Trade Mission to India
The Department for International Trade is leading a delegation of UK agri-tech organisations to India from 28 November - 4 December 2018. The visit includes the 13th Agrotech India event. Please register your interest by 10th September by writing to

Don't forget Agri-Tech East members can get a £300 discount to attend the World Agri-Tech Innovation Summit in October - email for the code.

Pioneering Agricultural Innovation

Phone: 01223 760135


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