Agri-TechE’s August Newsletter
As harvest is in full swing and the risk of extreme weather events is predicted to increase, we discuss why farmer-centric innovation has never been more vital and the agri-tech that is on the horizon. In this edition:
- Need more time? Better timing? Quality time? – the REAP bursary ensures farmers and growers are in the room
- Beyond the headlines – the National Food Strategy for farmers and innovators
- New Tools for Advanced Breeding – will new legislation stimulate or stifle innovation?
- For a launch-pad to the North American market visit Canada via Voyage programme
Don't miss out!
Time waits for no-one - or does it? Find out at REAP 2021
With increasing funding available for farmer-led innovation, now is the time to get up to speed with the agri-tech that is on the horizon. Farmer-centric innovation is core to the REAP conference, and the farmer-tech session last year, in which early adopters discussed the challenges of introducing new tools and processes, was particularly insightful.
REAP has been the launchpad for many successful collaborations and having a good representation of farmers to shape the discussions is key. To enable as many farmers as possible to attend we have a bursary, sponsored by AF Group.
Big thank you to our other REAP sponsors AHDB, Missouri Partnership and Rothamsted Enterprises for their generous support.
Top News and Upcoming Events
National Food Strategy highlights role of agri-tech
The UK National Food Strategy provides a vision for a future food system and includes costed recommendations for innovation investment.
Crucially, alongside newer, “high-tech” solutions, well represented in the Agri-TechE membership, author Henry Dimbleby also advocates farmer-led innovation and support for agro-ecological approaches, of the sort pioneered by our progressive farmers.
To highlight the implications, we provide a digest of how the National Food Strategy impacts Agri-Tech.
Need a soft landing in North America? Apply for the VOYAGE programme!
There is a chance to explore opportunities for agri-tech in Canada. Our friends at the Saksatoon Regional Economic Development Agency have enabled an exciting new programme for those looking for a launch-pad to North America, including a visit to Canada, bespoke connections, accommodation and investment into your business. Deadline is midnight 30th August 2021.
New genomic tools for plants, animals, insects and bacteria
23rd September 13.30 – 17.00 BST
The much-anticipated findings from the recent government consultation on genetic technologies are due soon. The current legislation dates from before the human genome was sequenced in 2003, and reforms to legislation that reflect the diversity in new genomic technologies has the potential to stimulate or stifle innovation.
At this timely Agri-TechE event, pioneers in a range of different technologies will be explaining their approaches and discussing the potential impact of new legislation.
Click here to find out more about New Genomic Tools.
New to agriculture? Get up to speed from the insiders at Ag 101
9th September – 09.30 – 15.30 BST online
Designed to help those new to ag to gain a quick overview and insight into the needs, opportunities, business models and how innovation works in the sector, this day-long programme features insights from industry experts to give you a whistle-stop tour of UK agriculture.
Meet Our Members!
New and Returning Members
New Members: Silal
Renewing Members: Consus Fresh | East of England Agricultural Society | Farmscan AG | Glaia | Mathys & Squire | METOS UK | The Morley Agricultural Foundation | PheroSyn | Redfox Executive | Satellite Applications Catapult | Stable | Vegetable Consultancy Services | University of Lincoln
Discover the network
Each month we will be showcasing 6 of our members. Click on their logo to find out more about them through their member pages.
A truly independent agronomy service, providing growing advice to some of the leading potato and veg producers in East Anglia.
New generation seed treatment products acting as both fungal inhibitors and plant activators.
Research institute recognised worldwide for research and teaching in plants, soil, water and air.
Leading provider of innovative instruments to help commercial, academic and research organisations.
Global leader in crop pest and disease management software for protected crops including disease maps and spray tracking.
Harnessing the power of beneficial fungi (mycorrihizae) to enhance crop production, and add value for growers.
Other News and Events
Hot tips on gaining public funding and the cool Centre for Effective Innovation - two Agri-Tech Express events coming up
Prof David Rose of the University of Reading will be discussing the new Centre for Effective Innovation in Agriculture, the public perception of agri-tech and the ethics of robotics. 6th October 10.00 BST, online. Book now.
We are putting together our 2022 events programme so now is the chance to suggest a topic for us to cover next year – no promises, but we’d be happy to hear any requests so do let us know!
And finally ... fancy a discount for the World Agri-Tech Investment Summit – Sept 28th and 29th?
We are excited to be in partnership with the World Agri-Tech Investment Summit again this year, with an additional 10% discount on top of the Early Bird rate for our members to attend. You can see more here and please get in touch for your discount code!
Innovate UK Smart Grants
Have you got a game-changing, innovative, disruptive, and ambitious idea leading to new products, process or service?
Innovate UK, part of UK Research and Innovation, is investing up to £25 million in the best game-changing and commercially viable innovative or disruptive ideas.
Closes Wednesday 28 August.
Up to £15k of Funding for High Growth SMEs
Innovate UK EDGE has launched a programme to access up to £15,000 worth of research Under this scheme SMEs can receive up to £15,000* to spend on the services and support delivered by Research and Technology Organisations (RTOs) and the Catapult Network. To find out more, click here.
Win a Chance to Co-Create with Bayer!
Bayer Crop Science is looking for partners to find solutions together for three main challenges around safeguarding the planet and its inhabitants, good health, and transparency from “seed to fridge.” To find out more click here.
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