The ‘Accelerating Adoption’ fund of the Defra Innovation R&D programme will be specifically aimed at farmer-led innovation. It aims to facilitate the trial of innovative technologies, processes and practices on-farm. Defra are participating in the funding event on 15th June.
A number of international players announced initiatives at Agri-TechE’s REAP 2020 conference.
There is growing interest in the Middle East for agri-tech, particularly in controlled environment agriculture; algae-based biofuels; precision agriculture and agricultural robotics – areas where Agri-TechE members have considerable strengths.
Agri-TechE members are leading innovative projects that will benefit from the £24 million Transforming Food Production initiative. Nine ambitious projects will see big data, AI and robotics applied to UK farming and new production systems created for alternative proteins.
SilviBio is developing a ‘survival capsule’ that will improve the survival of tree seedlings. Its clearly defined proposition and route to market has made its business plan the overall winner of the GROW 2020 agri-tech business plan competition. The result was announced by Calum Murray of Innovate UK, one of the judges. The announcement came at the end of an exciting final in which four early-stage companies pitched their business plans to the judges via Zoom.
The Royal Norfolk Show may have been cancelled this year but we are keen that the ‘show must go on’ and are recreating the Innovation Hub experience virtually. It will offer an opportunity to drop in remotely to hear a topical discussion and discuss an emerging technology or a challenge directly with a technologist or researcher.
An Agri-Tech Lookbook, to feature the sector’s most progressive companies and encourage international investment is being developed by Department of International Trade (DIT) in association with Agri-TechE.
We are delighted to announce that John Barrett of Sentry Limited has become the new Chair of the Agri-TechE Stakeholder Group, and James Green, Director of Farming at G’s Fresh, has joined the Stakeholder Group.
The farming community is used to managing risk but extreme weather events appear to happening with greater frequency. In our free webinar a number of agri-tech entrepreneurs will explain how new AI-based tools can help mitigate the impact of weather and other ‘acts of God’.