Agri-TechE’s November Newsletter
Set against the backdrop of Brexit, the uncertainty over a trade agreement and other challenges facing the agricultural industry, this year’s Agri-Tech Week and the REAP Conference – which is focussed on international collaboration and farmer-centred technology development – will be more important than ever.
- Three international agri-tech communities announce partnerships with Agri-TechE – see more about our global outreach
- Insider tips; collaborations accelerate the development of cutting-edge solutions. Early adopters of farm-based technology discuss the learning points with entrepreneurs
- Profitable and sustainable – a multi-disciplinary team of experts explores the agri-tech roadmap needed to achieve a multi-scale approach to food production and land management
- Hottest start-ups – a pop-up livestock facility that aims to eliminate GHG emissions; robot crop scouting; pheromone alternatives to pesticides; land tech to prepare for ELMs and the Internet of Bees…. and more in the Start-up Showcase
- One-on-one meetings made easy – the TechHub features organisations from across the international agri-tech ecosystem
- Sharing experiences – key note speaker Prof David Montgomery joins farmers for a ‘beer’
What to expect from REAP 2020 – as told by the team! Watch:
What to expect from REAP 2020 – as told by the team!
- Laura explains Emerging Agri-Tech using a bar code and some PVA glue
- Fiona talks tech around the exhibitors in our Technology Hub
- Belinda gets excited about the Farmer-Tech Focus
Top News and Upcoming Events
The REAP Technology Hub is OPEN FOR BUSINESS!
“South Korea can be a base camp to enable UK companies to develop technology for Asian countries,” says Professor Kyeong-Hwan Lee, who is creating a pilot test farm in Chonnam province as the first step toward building an agri-tech science park. Eight organisations from South Korea will join others in the Tech Hub.
The Tech Hub, kindly sponsored by the Cambridgeshire Peterborough Combined Authority, features business services, exciting agri-tech and sources of funding and support from around the world. Our vibrant innovation ecosystem is attracting delegations from east coast USA through to far east Asia.
No man is an island – we need our friends
‘We are still neighbours: despite the sea and Brexit, we want to do business with you,’ is the strong message coming from Oost NL. There is a strong appetite among farmers and agri-tech companies to build links that transcend the political discussions; this includes creating a gate-way to European markets.
Opportunity to hear a taster in a webinar on 9th November and to meet the Oost NL (The East Netherlands Development Agency) delegation in the Tech Hub.
Farmer focussed innovation – sharing experiences
The focus of REAP is on creating collaborations. Farmers and growers that have worked closely with entrepreneurs to develop technologies to support precision livestock production, field scouting services and advanced decision support for crop protection, discuss their experiences.
If you want to follow-up with the speakers, share experiences with delegates or gain advice – REAP’s Swapcard brokerage makes it easy for you set up meetings. Make sure you upload your profile.
First chance to see emerging agri-tech
Technologies discussed by scientists in the Emerging Agri-Tech session may seem futuristic but they are inspired by – or related to – everyday objects.
Come into the lab and learn about the link between: cake and soils; disease testing and a Dyson as well as a bomb and plant nutrition.
Launching at REAP!
The brains behind Small Robot Company’s team of agri-robots is to be launched at REAP 2020.
Wilma provides ‘per plant intelligence’ using precise information gleaned by Tom, the scouting robot, on the health of the plant. If she identifies the plant as a weed then Dick – the world’s first non-chemical robotic weeder – is despatched to zap it.
As the AI, robotics and machine vision technologies being used by Small Robot Company show, the pace of innovation is accelerating – gain a briefing on what’s on the horizon at REAP.
Sign-up now to REAP 2020 to join the live launch.
Agri-Tech Week – Virtual, but vibrant!
“One farmer was so convinced by the multiple benefits of early soil improvement trials he adopted the practice across his whole farm after just two years.” Leading research institutes discuss recent developments in a series of events during Agri-Tech Week. Workshops on crop sensing from ADAS, pesticides for a non-chem world at Norwich Research Park, soil health and the circular economy at NIAB. Controversial discussion hosted by Royal Norfolk Agricultural Association and advanced technologies for soil science that show insights for farmers to be discussed at the AHDB meeting.
A fantastic Week of FREE events – and all are BASIS registered as well! Check out the programme for the Week here.
Other News and New & Returning Members
Renewing Members: BASF | Brown&Co | Bayer Crop Science | Cambond | Delta-T Devices | DWA Advisory & Consulting | fieldmargin | J A Kemp | Jonathan Tole Consulting | Keith Norman Consultancy | Mantle Labs
Other upcoming Agri-TechE events
2021 events announcement
We’ve spent the summer planning our 2021 programme and have some new announcements coming up to help our members connect and inspire each other – and provide a warm welcome for non-members too.
With opportunities for light-touch and deeper-dive insights into topics we know you want to hear about most – we’ll be unveiling our new 2021 programme at REAP!
Be one of the first to see the line up – sign up for REAP now!
In other news
Looking for Series A funding?
A new Series A Investor partnership has been announced by Innovate UK. Aimed at SMEs developing experimental development projects designed to transform food production, you will receive grant funding as well as private investment. Closing date 13th January 2021.
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.