Insights and overviews of emerging trends from Agri-TechE Director Belinda Clarke.
Achieving the global ambitions for agriculture, food production and land management requires a much better understanding of how the agri-tech ecosystem interacts at different scales. We will be exploring this at REAP 2020.
Automation, crop optimisation, remote sensing, vertical farming and cultured meats are top food tech trends according to Forward Fooding report, which reveals a vibrant sector.
A new expression – digital twinning – is becoming increasingly common when talking about AI and agriculture, it has now taken a broader meaning with the rise of hybrid events that operate in real and online environments.
The agri-tech innovation pipeline remains full, and the need for activities to help showcase new, evidence-based opportunities to farmers has probably never been stronger. However the relationship between tech developer and early adopter needs to managed carefully to ensure both partners gain mutual benefit.
The need for more automation, improved methods of forecasting and prediction that can cope with extreme conditions, and new methods of seeing the whole picture and managing the fine details beneath have all become more clearly articulated in this challenging period. Managing at different scales is the theme of our REAP 2020 conference.
“Necessity is the mother of invention,” according to Greek philosopher Plato, and never have we had more need of invention and innovation than in the middle of a global pandemic. Agri-TechE has long been an advocate of “open innovation” and this is fast-tracking a response to the challenges created by COVID-19
Two major reports show the UK is forging ahead in terms of agri-tech investment, diversifying into areas such as Novel Farming Systems, alternative proteins, AI, robotics and agribusiness market places.
Nearly 50 per cent of US crop and livestock production is located within 500 miles of St Louis so this is a good launch point for companies looking to engage with US food production.
Mark Sutherland, CMO of Missouri Partnership says: “We see many synergies with the membership of Agri-TechE and so are keen to broker one-on-one meetings and create networking opportunities to support innovation and productivity within the two clusters.” The partnership has a stand in the REAP2020 TechHub
Food Agility CRC is a $150million innovation hub that is creating new digital technologies for the Australian agrifood industry. Many Agri-techE members participated in the summit and wider mission. Talk to Breedr, Outfield, Yagro and Rothamsted at REAP 2020.
The existence of two simultaneous farming conferences in Oxford in January raises eyebrows to those not close to the situation. Why would there be TWO