REAP Conference 2020: From micro-scape to landscape – innovating at the frontier
Tuesday 10th November
If the industry is to grasp the ambition of a carbon neutral world, the potential of virtual supply chains and the competitive advantage of farming sustainably, then it needs good tools and best practice.
At REAP 2019 we took the theme of One Agriculture – examining how animal health, human health, society, the environment and food production are intrinsically linked, creating a win-win for innovations that play to this bigger picture.
For REAP 2020 we are taking this system approach further to explore the agri-tech that is needed to manage innovation at different scales, from molecular processes in plants, animals and microbes, through soil, field and farm level, to catchment level agriculture and landscape systems. There are existing tools that aim to improve systems at all these different scales, but often they are not connected or integrated, and the interactions within and between the different levels are not considered.
The Agriculture Bill and the Environment Bill are potentially the biggest change to the UK agriculture industry in decades. If improvements to ‘public goods’ are to be rewarded, then robust user-centric tools are need to measure the base-line and monitor subsequent progress.
Enabling farmers to understand the impact of interventions at a micro-level and how they can impact at a landscape level – and vice versa – is going to be key to delivering the ambition of these bills.
The REAP keynote speaker is the charismatic David R. Montgomery, MacArthur Fellow and professor of geomorphology at the University of Washington. David’s latest book ‘Growing a Revolution‘ sought to answer the question “How can humanity feed its billions when one-third of agricultural soil is degraded?” Insights gained from a three-decade, six-continent survey of farmland have been synthesised into a blueprint for rapid soil restoration.
David will use case-studies to discuss at REAP how even when the bigger view looks dire, incremental improvements that benefit soil ecology and nutrient cycling at a micro-level can revolutionise agriculture.
Agri-TechE’s annual REAP conference is the flagship event of Agri-Tech Week, bringing together farmers and growers with researchers, innovators, entrepreneurs and investors. It is strongly focused around bridging the gap between producer needs and innovation-based solutions, as well as showcasing the increasingly vibrant agri-tech start-up community in the east of England and beyond.
Highlights include the Start-Up Showcase, which has been the launch pad for a number of exciting early-stage companies. Small Robot Company, KisanHub, PBD Biotech and Hummingbird Technologies are amongst those that have benefited from the opportunity to connect with investors, advisors, customers and collaborators – again this year the line-up offers promising contenders.
The technology exhibition offers an opportunity to demonstrate and see the latest technologies and approaches. The market need is gaining increased momentum as the industry faces the challenge of meeting significant environmental targets while under ever-increasing pressure to produce safe, healthy food in a cost-effective way.
As always there is the opportunity at REAP to create new connections, catalyse collaborations and share ideas.
Exhibition spaces are available! Contact us to find out more.
A limited number of exhibition spaces are available at the REAP conference for organisations wishing to showcase new innovations, technologies or equipment to the high level audience of farmers and growers, agronomists, investors, and the technical and commercial support providers to the industry.
We are particularly keen to feature innovations with a practical and visual element so that delegates can see how they currently operate (or are expected to work) in the real world. We are offering an exhibitor package which includes a stand, table and space for pop-ups / banners, and a ticket to the conference itself. Members of Agri-TechE can benefit from a discounted exhibitor package.
This is an unprecedented opportunity to feature your organisation at one of the UK’s leading agri-tech events, and your organisation will feature in the post-REAP report, as well as appearing on our website as an exhibitor. For more details about how to exhibit at REAP, please contact us
Take a look at what previous REAP exhibitions have involved in the REAP 2019 report, or in the gallery and video below.
Sponsorship opportunities are still available – contact us to find out more!
Sponsorship of REAP includes:
Branding on the REAP pages of the Agri-TechE website and your logo on the delegate registration information.
Your logo on the welcome slides at the event and on any printed delegate material, including the final report and post-event webpage.
A trade stand at the event, and delegate tickets for members of staff from the sponsoring organisation (number of tickets TBC).
Reference to the sponsors in related Twitter traffic and other publicity, including the conference promotional video featured on our YouTube channel.
Sponsor of the Keynote Address
The Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board (AHDB) is a statutory levy board, funded by farmers, growers and the supply chain. Their role is to inspire and provide the tools for farmers, growers and industry to succeed in a rapidly changing world. AHDB works with six sectors including cereals and oilseeds, dairy, beef and lamb, pork, potatoes and horticulture to provide industry leading, independent information.
AHDB carries out extensive research and development programmes, provides market information and analysis, creates new markets and export opportunities, funds education programmes and delivers knowledge exchange work with levy payers aimed at improving on-farm efficiency, productivity and sustainability. Soil health, Integrated Pest Management and the environment, coupled with technical and business performance are current key areas of interest for AHDB. Visit the stand to discuss how you can get involved with, or benefit from this research … or to look in-depth at the biology that can be found in our soils through our live microscope.
For full information, please visit: ahdb.org.uk.
Cambridge & Peterborough Combined Authority
Sponsor of the Technology Exhibition
The Cambridgeshire & Peterborough Combined Authority (CPCA) is delighted to sponsor the Agri-TechE technology exhibition. Through its Eastern Agri-Tech Growth Initiative, the CPCA can encourage the next generation of exciting, innovative projects that will influence and shape the future of Agri-Tech as we continue to recover from Covid-19.
As one of the most productive agricultural regions in the UK, CPCA knows that Agri-Tech is key to its goal to help businesses build resilience. It is passionately committed to supporting the Agri-Tech community as they develop new and thought-provoking ways to connect the agriculture industry to the ecosystems and micro-scapes that support our beautiful region.
Find out more at cambridgeshirepeterborough-ca.gov.uk
Sponsor of Emerging Agri-Tech
EIT Food is Europe’s leading food innovation initiative, working to make the food system more sustainable, healthy and trusted. EIT Food is supported by the EIT, a body of the European Union that was formed to deliver innovation across Europe.
EIT Food’s unique network of 50+ partners, including key industry players, research centres and universities, and 50+ agri-food start-ups from across Europe, are collaborating together to deliver an innovative and entrepreneurial agri-food sector. In 2018 it invested €14.5m in innovation projects, supported over 90 start-ups and helped launch seven new products and services into the market.
The company is committed to UN Sustainability Goals related to six focus areas including alternative proteins, targeted nutrition, digital traceability and circular food systems. It also recognises the importance of agri-tech to drive sustainable agriculture and sustainable aquaculture to future-proof our food.
EIT Food supports agri-food start-ups through entrepreneurial programmes that help to launch, accelerate and scale their ideas and businesses to deliver new food innovations and businesses across Europe. The company has also created a community of 50K learners where we offer education programmes for students and professionals looking to gain the knowledge and skills needed to innovate the food sector.
To learn more about EIT Food visit: www.eitfood.eu
Sponsor of the Start-Up Showcase
Rothamsted Enterprises is at the heart of agricultural research and is located on the world-renowned Rothamsted Research campus. We’re a unique hub focused on promoting collaboration and innovation by partnering with commercial agricultural businesses and opening up the research process.
We are proud of our state-of-the-art conference facilities and our flexible, collaborative laboratory and office space. These are home to a vibrant community of growing agri-tech businesses including Agri-Tech East members Timac Agro, CHAP and Grow Biotech.
Nicole Sadd, CEO of Rothamsted Enterprises, said: “Sponsoring the Start-Up Showcase at the REAP conference is very important to us and we’re excited to see all that the event has to offer. As an organisation, Rothamsted Enterprises is committed to supporting innovation, collaboration and excellence in agri-tech research, particularly in the East of England and through our partners such as Agri-Tech East.”
See more at rothamstedenterprises.com
Sponsor of the Farmers’ Breakfast
Savills was founded in 1855 as a land agency practice and rural remains at the very heart of its business. Today, the Rural, Energy and Projects Division is one of the largest Savills UK operating divisions. With a turnover of £70m, it has over 900 staff, operating across a UK network of 38 offices and a number of estate offices – from Fochabers in the North to Truro in the South-West.
The Division is regarded as the overall market leader in the rural sector with a strong brand reputation. Clients range from private individuals through to large institutions and corporates.
Its services cover: architecture, building consultancy, rural planning, estate management, forestry (investment and management), professional consultancy (tax, valuation, expert witness), farms and estate sales and purchasing, food and farming, renewable energy, energy brokerage and strategic projects.
These teams are all supported by the rural research team which is responsible for providing bespoke information for pitching, existing clients, PR and marketing.
Find out more at savills.co.uk
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