Making agri-tech accessible and fit for purpose by bringing together those with real world knowledge of farming with those that have expertise and insights from other disciplines, is a big part of the REAP conference. Many exciting collaborations have emerged following conversations in the networking sessions.
Events coordinator Fiona Rust is keen that farmers, and also members of the Young Innovators Forum, are aware that there is a bursary to help make the conference more accessible.
To capture the energy of young innovators
Fiona is very active in the Essex Young Farmers Club and has been the Ashdon and Saffron Walden club chairman and county magazine editor alongside holding various roles in the committee for the Essex Young Farmers’ annual show.
“Through my work with the Young Farmers, I know that people early in their careers often bring ideas and a passion for farming that can reinvigorate those that have become frustrated by the industry. At REAP we are keen to capture that energy and want as many farmers and students in relevant subjects to come along.
“The Sofa Session this year, features speakers from lab, field and industry. They all have farming roots but have also developed skills in other areas such as digital marketing, finance, modelling and genomics. They will be talking about their vision of One Agriculture, an approach that brings together all these factors, and also about the way their family farms are becoming more sustainable.
“I think that this session and the opportunity to hear from other speakers, see technology demonstrations and talk one-on-one with people that are driving change in the industry will make REAP an inspirational event.
“We are very grateful to the AF Group for offering a bursary which reduces the ticket price to just £50 (+VAT) for eligible farmers and students that apply. ”
The REAP bursary is supported by the AF Group, the UK’s largest agricultural purchasing co-operative. As farming businesses adopt more and more technology, AF is pleased to work closely with Agri-Tech East to help them build a hub of global innovation in the east of England.
Jon Duffy, AF Group Chief Executive Officer, said: “Getting young people to engage in the innovation agenda is vital because they look at things with a fresh pair of eyes.
“Technology is a key part of our industry and will play an increasingly important role in farming businesses in the future. It is crucial we share knowledge and ideas to keep up-to-date with the latest developments, and conferences like REAP are an ideal way to do this.”
To apply for the bursary – click here bit.ly/REAP19bursary
Bursary applications must be received by midnight on 11th October 2019 – applications received after this date will not be considered.