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Agri-TechExplore In-Person: Agri-Tech and ELMS – the Innovation Enablers

Tuesday 22nd March @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm

Struggling to know how much carbon you’ve captured? Or to get a handle on the health of your soils? How do you check for improvements in the quality of your water? And understand if you’ve boosted your biodiversity?

Join us on March 22nd as we explore how technology is helping agriculture deliver environmental benefits alongside sustainable food production, including reaching net zero greenhouse gas emissions. You’ll discover a raft of new innovations which can help the journey of the industry towards this ambitious goal, as well as hearing from industry leaders and farmers who are reaping the benefits of bringing technology alongside environmental management.


COP26 put environmental sustainability at the heart of the global policy agenda, and it sits alongside the UK’s new “Environment and Land Management Scheme” (ELMS), seeing a shift to incentivising farmers to deliver “public goods” in exchange for public money. The National Farmers’ Union also has an ambitious plan to reach net zero by 2040.

Yet it is still unclear how to measure, monitor and manage many of the elements of these “public goods” – a major risk for farmers as they transition into the new system. Agri-tech is increasingly playing a more strategic role in helping to offset or mitigate and even embrace some of the structural changes facing the UK industry this coming decade.

Many of the technologies already in development to help boost efficiency and productivity can be put to work measuring and monitoring so-called “natural capital” assets, such as biodiversity, soils health and water and air quality. And new technologies are emerging every day specifically tailored to supporting the environmental sustainability agenda.

Join us in-person at Rothamsted Research as we explore and showcase some of the latest tools, technologies and approaches which can give farm businesses the edge in coping with the forthcoming changes.

What can you expect?

Throughout the day we will explore how technologies and innovations can support environmental sustainability through this transition period, by:

  • Delving into “Case studies for the ecosystem” around the five key themes of soils, water, woodland, biodiversity and ecosystem services –  Upper Wensum Cluster Farm Group & Brown & Co
  • Highlighting cutting edge technologies in our “Innovation Insights” session
  • Consider how these measures apply to you in our “Buzz Session”
  • Looking forward into the wider role of the supply chain and the consumer – Sainsbury’s & AHDB
  • Getting an update on the outcome of the latest Test & Trials pilots – Defra

Other confirmed speakers include Euston Estates, Overbury Enterprises and Gentle Farming.

Who is this for? Everyone is invited but in particular it will be relevant for:

Farmers, growers and land owners

  • looking to test new sets of tools and solutions for managing the environment on their farmland
  • interested in collaborating with agri-tech companies
  • preparing for the next round of Defra funding

Tech developers and the wider innovation community

  • interested in getting a better understanding of the mechanisms around ELMS
  • looking to get a sense of how their technologies could be applied in the context of environment management


This event is £50+VAT for members of Agri-TechE, and £80+VAT for non-members. Please note the fee is non-refundable for cancellation within 5 working days of the event. Use the link on the top right of the event listing to book; members will need to login or register for an account in order to access the member discount.

To find out more about becoming a member of Agri-TechE, please click here.

Basis CPD points will be available for attendees this event.

Agri-Tech Explore events are Agri-TechE’s monthly network meetings, including our Pollinator events as well as REAP and Innovation Hub. We want to ignite discussions following a topic deep dive with multiple specialists offering varied perspectives and expertise. Individuals from all sectors and disciplines welcome—whether you’re a grower, a researcher, a technical, professional service provider, an entrepreneur or completely new to the sector, come along and join in!

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Tuesday 22nd March
10:00 am - 4:00 pm




Rothamsted Research
Rothamsted Research
Harpenden, Hertfordshire AL5 2JQ United Kingdom
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