Agri-Tech East's October Newsletter

The UK has published its first Agriculture Bill for 50 years and with it some clarity is starting to emerge around future priorities for the industry. Although there are many gaps still to be filled between now and 29th March 2019, we already know that encouraging farmer engagement in R&D is a core element and Elveden Farms (see below) is a good example of how this can work in practice. 
Disruptive technology does not happen overnight and we discuss in this month’s blog how patience and 'ground truthing' is needed to ensure the impact of innovation is real and robust.  
A new buzz word is the 'circular economy' - how one industry's waste is another's raw materials – Meredith Lloyd-Evans of BioBridge explains how farmers can exploit this growing revenue stream in this month's Professional Insights.

Ag-Chem Under Threat - Where Next?
9th October, Rothamsted Research
The first radically new fertiliser for 50 years has been created by combing biological and chemical technologies in a novel way. This is just of the one of the new approaches to be discussed at the next Pollinator meeting; The Ag-Chem Pipeline – New chemistries for improved crop management.
 The industry is facing challenging times and we have invited Arlabion, Bayer Crop Science, De Sangosse, ECO-FP, Hockley Agro and TimacAgro UK to tell us about promising new developments.
Laying foundations for Internet of Agri-Things
REAP - 7th November, Cambridge
A new era of prediction, forecasting and automation is being made possible by combining low cost devices, AI and robotics with high speed comms.
Exhibitors at REAP will be showing what is available now across the field, poly-tunnel and packhouse. Speaker Professor Gerard Parr will be giving a taste of the future. And priorities for agri-tech Innovation will be subject of a lively debate. If you want to exhibit, or apply for a bursary kindly supported by AF (see video above) or attend do register now
Agri-Tech Week 2018 - a full programme of events
5th-9th November, Various locations
An exciting programme has been devised by our partners to make Agri-Tech Week 2018 even bigger and better this year. Precision spraying now and future, research above and below ground, impact of genomics on breeding, benefits of collaboration, consumer insights and the circular economy - are just some of the talks, lab visits and hands-on demonstrations.  A big thank you to everyone involved; see the website for more details.

In Other News:
Science in the field - Elveden shows on-farm innovation

10th October, Elveden Farms
Early career farmers and scientists are being given the opportunity to visit one of the most advanced on-farm post-harvest storage facilities in Europe. It uses no chemicals to keep its potatoes in top condition.
The Young Innovators' Forum (YIF) will be visiting the advanced Quality Control Lab and the brand-new store – built to Elveden’s own specifications and housing up to 5000 tonnes of potatoes. There are limited numbers for this event so sign up soon!
World Agri-Tech Innovation Summit focuses on global consumer
16 October, London
Held in both London and San Francisco, the summit is an international networking and deal-making event for global agribusinesses, solution providers, entrepreneurs and investors. Agri-Tech East is again a partner for its London event, with members benefiting from a £300 discount.

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


and to renewing members:

Earlham Institute
Easton & Otley College
Farming Data
J A Kemp
University of Essex

Learn about the benefits of Agri-Tech East membership, and check out member testimonials.
Agri-Tech East at CropTec
28-29 November, East of England Showground, Peterborough
For the first time Agri-Tech East will be at CropTec. We are excited to have the opportunity to showcase innovations fresh from our REAP Start-up Showcase and some newer members on our stand as well as helping to raise the profile of members who will be hosting their own stands.

Pioneering Agricultural Innovation

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