Agri-TechE’s March Newsletter
Prosperity and Nature are interdependent, says a major new Treasury Report ‘The Economics of Biodiversity’; the implications this creates for valuing natural capital and the opportunities for agri-tech are reviewed in our blog. And this theme continues as we have a strong focus on economics this month:
• Is it feasible to produce your own Nitrogen fertiliser on-farm?
• Generating actionable insights from on-farm data – the latest developments
• Alternative models of finance for agricultural technologies explained
• Meet producers from Central Europe to explore new markets and collaborations
• From Farmer to Pharma – is Cannabis sativa the new wonder crop?
• Meet some more of our members
Top News and Upcoming Events
Opportunities and partnerships in Poland and Central Europe
18th March, 9.30am Online
Looking to trade your tech or service in Central Europe and Poland? Join us at this free event to learn about overseas opportunities, and help provide a warm welcome to those looking to partner with UK technology companies and farm businesses. With insights into agricultural challenges and opportunities, supported by high-tech networking, spend the afternoon saying “Chirz” to our overseas agri-tech friends!
To join us, register here
Putting The N In FarmiNg – SolutioNs for On-Farm NitrogeN ProductioN
24th March, 2pm, Online
How realistic is it to produce alternative forms of nitrogen on farm to fertilise crops? Years of inorganic fertiliser have altered the microbes in the soil, impacting the availability of different nitrogen compounds for plants. We discuss the implications of this and promising new ways to use physics and chemistry to generate alternative fertilisers.
Free for Agri-TechE members to attend, small charge for non-members.
Knowledge exchange in agriculture – what’s been the impact of Covid-19?
29th March, 1:30pm, Online
The pandemic has dramatically shifted the way we communicate and digest information in agriculture. How has this online offering influenced knowledge sharing? We invite you to share your views by filling in this survey led by ADAS and CCRI as part of the Innovate UK-funded Farm-PEP project, and join us for a free to attend interactive workshop to be the first to hear about the results of the survey and explore this question in more detail with others from the ecosystem.
Free to attend – book now
Asset Finance Explained – An Enabler for Technology Adoption?
31st March, 9:30am, Online
Asset finance provides working capital or loans secured against assets such as equipment that you already own. Access to finance can be an enabler to doing things differently and there are a variety of ways to raise money – Lombard (part of NatWest) will be discussing these and unpacking the potential of asset finance to accelerate on-farm adoption of technology and best practice.
Meet Our Members!
New and Returning Members
New and Returning Members
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.
Independent seed technology for horticulture and broadacre crops
Crop pest and disease management software for protected crops
Specialists in irrigation systems for agriculture, inc. drip and k-line irrigation
Marketing communications with a focus on purpose and business for good
Grass seed mixes for livestock, environmental and biodiversity benefits
Contract farmer with focus on preserving and improving soils
Other News and Events
Other Agri-TechE Upcoming Events
Data Management – More than Just a Numbers Game
13th April, 2pm, online
As on-farm data collection moves from scrap of paper to smartphone, the opportunities to extract great information for decision support increases. Speakers at this event include the first ‘Agri-Tech Director’ employed by a fruit farm and tech companies embedded in the industry, including Consus Fresh, Hummingbird and LiveTrace to discuss diverse insights gained by their approaches. Sign up online; free for members.
Agri-Tech Express with Bayer: ‘Meet the Bayer’
20th April, 4pm, online
This event will provide an understanding of Bayer’s role in advancing innovation in agriculture and opportunities for engagement and partnership. Their hope is to meet potential new partners across the spectrum of innovators in the UK (agnostic to institutions or source) who share their passion in both our core areas of seeds, genetics and crop protection, but also in growth areas such as imaging, data science, blockchain and engineering. Find out more.
Save the date – virtual mission to Missouri, 29th April
What a year since we – and some of our members – visited our friends in St Louis, Missouri! You might have missed that mission but there will be other opportunities – come and learn more about our partnership and how it can benefit your business if you’re looking to link up with the “Show Me” state. Save the date of 29th April and join us for a virtual beer to chat about agri-tech across the Atlantic.
From Farmer to Pharma – And Beyond
12th May, online
Bringing together different views from breeding to regulation, agronomy and processing, we’ll learn and network together to explore the reality of on-farm pharma production.
To join us as a delegate, register here – members are invited to have a free stand in the online exhibition.
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.