Agri-TechE April 2020 Newsletter
Life at the moment seems to be about expecting the unexpected. So we’re planning events and activities to help and hopefully inspire:
- De-risk agriculture through weather-tech – virtually!
- Member News – including Defra funding success, insure-tech and efficiency in the livestock supply chain
- Build resilience through internationalisation – agri-tech insights from St Louis and Australia
- Record number of applications to the GROW Agri-Tech Business Plan Competition
- Check out the blog and video from the recent Young Innovators’ Forum conference
- Big congrats to one of the Agri-TechE team – read the story to find out who!
- Update on the UK’s leading position in agri-tech investment, and our Top Tips about making the most of Innovate UK support, from their recent East of England conference.
Top News and Upcoming Events
De-Risking Agriculture Through Weather-Tech: Going Virtual
We’re sad we won’t be seeing you in person for a while, but we’re working on virtual alternatives for some of our activities.
As extreme weather events become the new normal, we look at how technology is helping de-risk the industry. Featuring talks and discussions around forecasting, risk management and insure-tech, this Pollinator webinar is an opportunity to learn more about how innovation can help mitigate the elements. Register your interest online.
Member News – A Success Story!
The world may be slowing but our members keep on growing!
See our latest Member News pages for updates from Farmable, Breedr, Iceni Diagnostics, Yagro and Scrutton Bland, as well as Brown&Co and ADAS.
Row Crops, Research and Relationships In St Louis, Missouri
Read our report on our recent visit to the greater St Louis agri-tech ecosystem in Missouri, USA, which includes a “wish list” for technologies from the UK. If anyone is interested in learning more, please get in touch and we can help you make new connections in one of the USA’s leading agri-tech clusters.
Also see our summary of Agri-Tech In Australia blog.
GROW Attracts Record Numbers of Agri-Entrepreneurs
Our GROW agri-tech business plan competition has now closed to applicants and mentors are working with the entrepreneurs who applied to prepare their business plans. Big thank you to Innovate UK for GROW sponsorship, and also to the amazing Support Award Donors drawn from across our membership who are providing practical help and expertise as prizes to accelerate the growth of new agri-tech businesses.
Young Innovators’ Forum Conference 2020 – New Blog & Video Launched
Want to be inspired by some of our future leader farmers, scientists and industry professionals learning about each others’ parts of the sector? OK, go on then… see our latest video and blog from our recent Young Innovators’ Forum annual conference.
The Forum explored the tools and innovations that can help balance the conservation and farming agendas.
Other News and New & Returning Members
Renewing Members: AF | Anglia Capital Group | BioBridge | CHAP | G’s Growers | N.E.Salmon | NIAB | Norwich Research Park | Open Data Institute | Prodata Weather Systems | Russell Smith Farms | Vegetable Consultancy Services | Weatherquest
Other Upcoming Agri-TechE Events
From Farmer to Pharma— a teaser of things to come
2pm, 14th May 2020, via Zoom
Hemp and cannabis are being hailed as the new wonder crops, and we have big plans for an event to help de-bunk the myths and highlight the opportunities to the industry. Alas, we’ll have to wait until we can get together properly and discuss it, but for now to whet your appetites, join us for a FREE webinar with our members Hanway Associates to learn more. Sign up to join us in the ether.
In other news
Arise – Dr Laura Bouvet!
We are super excited and proud that our team-mate Laura Bouvet has successfully defended her PhD thesis, following her post-grad research at NIAB working on rusts in cereals. Congratulations, Dr Bouvet – we are basking in your reflected glory! Read the story.
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BASIS points for members and newsletter readers
Many of our events attract BASIS points. If you are BASIS registered, you can also collect 2 points (up to a maximum of 8/yr) for receiving our newsletter and all staff in our member organisations can claim 2 points/yr for membership.
To claim your BASIS points for the newsletter, use reference CP/91546/1920/g on the BASIS website.