Agri-TechE’s May Newsletter
This month we have some “blooming” good experts lined up to inspire new thinking and discuss: the exciting potential of hemp to meet the needs of multiple industries looking for a low carbon future, new technologies for a safer future, and funding for a innovative future.
There is a lot to look forward to in the coming weeks. May your May be successful and enjoyable!
- In Belinda’s blog, we’ve been thinking ahead about the plant science roadmap
- Hemp – resilient, versatile, profitable – are you ready to diversify?
- Technology for a safer farm – new agri-innovations to be launched
- Discover how natural product chemistry is helping boost crop productivity
- The Agri-Tech Business Plaza – funding for innovation; who will YOU meet there?
- The team are really excited about the opportunity to see members in person at Groundswell!
- Spotlight on the latest agri-focussed research
Top News and Upcoming Events
From Farmer to Pharma
12th May 2021 – 10.00 – 16.00 GMT – online
Need a versatile, low input crop to replace oil seed rape in the rotation? What about industrial hemp? The global industry was valued at $4.71m in 2019 – and its uses include textiles, sustainable building materials, fibres and hemp seed oil. CBD extract, used as an ingredient in the expanding wellness market, is currently imported by UK based companies – but could be produced locally.
This event, in partnership with Hanway Associates, explores the potential of medicinal cannabis and industrial hemp for UK producers and those wanting to invest in a carbon neutral technologies.
New products to be launched ahead of Farm Safety Month
24th May 2021 – 14.00-16.00 GMT – online
Someone dies every two weeks from an on-farm accident – innovative digital technologies to be discussed at this event are moving us on from recording incidents towards understanding the underlying causes, an essential step for creating a culture that minimises risk.
This event might save a life – with two new applications being launched that will revolutionise on farm safety.
Agri-Tech Express with Itaka International
26th May 2021 – 10.30 – 11.30 GMT – online
Itaka International will be sharing how their natural products improve plant resistance in vegetable production. The aim is to reduce predisposition to common threats while also decreasing the dependence on agrochemicals.
Focus on Funding
15th June 2021 – 11.00 – 15.00 GMT – online
An opportunity to hear directly from the Defra Agri-Innovation Team about the new Farm Innovation Funding Package and other opportunities, including the next exciting stage in the UKRI Transforming Food Production Challenge and funding from Horizon Europe.
All these opportunities are open to innovative farmers, researchers and technologists as projects often require all these disciplines – so if you are curious, our Agri-Tech Business Plaza is the place to find out more!
Groundswell is going live and so are we
23rd – 24th June 2021 – in person!
Regenerative agriculture – including no-till, cover crops and livestock in an arable rotation – is increasingly being adopted and offers opportunities for improved methods for monitoring, sensing, measuring and decision making. We are planning to be at the showground on Lannock Manor Farm, Herts in person, and as always looking to the future!
Arrange to come and chat to us and be involved in our industry insight poll.
Meet Our 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.
Farm 4,000 hectares in East Anglia, Sussex and Northumberland growing vegetables and contract farming cereals and sugarbeet.
Develop and supply new types of insect pest pheromones for smarter and more sustainable pest management.
Rapidly expanding software company developing a line of end-to-end mapping solutions converting images into georeferenced maps and models.
UK experts in oat milling and the manufacturing of grain-based ingredients.
Based in Suffolk with campuses at Suffolk Rural in Otley for land-based provision, at Ipswich, and ‘On the Coast’ at Leiston & Halesworth.
Independent agronomy group providing agronomic advice for over 15,000ha of vegetables in the UK and abroad.
Other News and Events
Bite-Sized Research – Easy to Digest
The UK’s research excellence is globally renowned, and we are delighted to have some of the leading agricultural scientific organisations in our network – Universities, research institutes, Research Technology Organisations and others. We summarise some of the latest findings in our Research Digest – so click here for some of the recent discoveries.
Save the Dates
Tuesday 8th June – Agri-TechExpress with YAGRO: How can you make farm data work for you?
Tuesday 6th July – Agri-TechExpress with PBD Biotech – Heartbreak and hope – the story of a new diagnostic for bovine TB
Wednesday 10th November – REAP 2021
Don’t just take our word for it
As a membership organisation, we are keen to help you forge new links, gain new industry insights and enjoy the range of benefits we offer to our members. Check out the latest testimonial from our member Antobot, check out our membership video, and meet the network!
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