Agri-TechE March 2020 Newsletter
We’ve gone all international this month, with trips to Australia (you can find a summary in Belinda’s blog this month) and an agri-tech mission currently underway in St Louis, Missouri, plus another opportunity to join us on a mission to Canada in July (more info below).
As well as connecting our members with best-in-class globally, we’re also focussing on life back here in the UK with some of our upcoming events;
- Building on our previous Controlled Environment Agriculture event;
- Weather-tech and risk management (particularly after this month’s weather events);
- A new event focussing on hemp and cannabis production;
- Plus we have our third Young Innovators’ Conference looking at the relationship between conservation and farming.
Thanks to Sean Mullins of the St Louis World Trade Centre for the Missouri photo above!
Top News and Upcoming Events
GROW – With the Agri-TechE Network!
CLOSING DATE 28th FEB 2020
The Agri-TechE ecosystem contains everything you need to turn an agri-tech business idea into reality. From end-user insights, to professional advice around starting and building a business, to comms and PR, investment, and lab and office accommodation, we’ve drawn on our network to provide a suite of effective Support Award Prizes to help the finalists take their ideas to commercial success.
Innovation to Balance Conservation and Farming
12th March 2020 – Wymondham
Our popular Young Innovators’ Forum, kindly sponsored by the Morley Agricultural Foundation, brings together early career farmers, scientists and industry professionals to help foster a culture of collaboration and connections. Our annual free-to-attend conference will feature talks and hands-on workshop-style opportunities, looking at the role of innovation in delivering conservation and farming.
Controlled Environment Agriculture
18th March 2020 – John Innes Centre, Norwich
What are the technological developments in vertical farming? How is innovation helping balance the energy equation? And how can vertical farming and CEA act as agents for social innovation as we see these technologies increasingly embedded in urban environments?
De-risking Agriculture with Weather-tech
29th April 2020 – Hethel Engineering Centre, Norfolk
Challenging weather events seem to be the new normal, both in the UK and globally. Use of technologies to help predict and mitigate risk as well as provide opportunities for new insights into long term trends is growing in importance and impact. Here we will meet some companies who are helping de-risk the extreme and provide insights into how they can be managed.
From Farmer and Pharma – and Beyond
14th May 2020 – Rothamsted
Hailed as something of a ‘wonder crop’ agronomically and therapeutically, hemp and cannabis potentially provide significant diversification opportunities for farmers. But many unknowns exist – such as provenance of seed, in-field management, regulatory constraints, market opportunities and business models. We aim to de-mystify these different angles of the crop and hear from international experts and local practitioners about the reality behind the crop.
Other News and New & Returning Members
Other Upcoming Agri-TechE Events
Young Innovators' Forum visit to Essex Plant Innovation Centre - 31st March 2020
Early career professionals from science, farming and related business are invited to visit the Essex Plant Innovation Centre (EPIC) at the University of Essex. We’ll explore the innovative research helping to meet the grand challenges facing the food industry, including soil health and robotics – let us know if you’d like to attend this free event.
Innovation Hub at the Royal Norfolk Show
1st-2nd July 2020
The prestigious Innovation Hub at the Royal Norfolk Show provides a unique opportunity to meet farmers and VIPs and to gain profile for research or technology – make sure to put the date in your diary and come to see what’s on show!
In other news
SREDA Harvest programme to Canada running for 2020!
Missed out on a place at the global HARVEST programme to visit Saskatoon last year? We’re delighted to announce our continued partnership with the Sasksatoon Regional Economic Development Agency to enable our members to gain a foothold in one of Canada’s major agricultural areas, starting with a trip to Saskatchewan in July 2020. More information coming soon – applications opening next month!
UK mission to New Zealand Fieldays
The British High Commission Wellington, with the Department for International Trade in Auckland, are inviting applications to join a delegation of UK agritech businesses to attend New Zealand’s National Agricultural Fieldays 2020.
The biggest event in the New Zealand agribusiness calendar, Fieldays 2020 will run from 10-13th June 2020 in Hamilton, New Zealand, and is ideal for UK businesses exploring export opportunities in the New Zealand market. Contact James Kayam before 13th March to apply.
Applications for EIT FAN now open!
EIT FAN network is looking for the 60 most promising startups changing the food system to join an agrifood accelerator programme. All startups solving a critical issue in our food system and that have gained some traction through first sales or LOIs are invited to apply. There is even a chance to win up to €100k in funding! Deadline for applications is 10th March 2020. We are excited to offer our network a special discount code: Cambridge50_4 will get you a 50% discount on the application fee – apply online.