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REAP Conference 2021: Changing Time(s) For Agriculture
Wednesday 10th November 2021 @ 9:00 am - 5:15 pm
Save the date: REAP 2022 will be on Tuesday 8th November
Imagine a world where agriculture is not constrained by time
Timing is crucial in agriculture, through the cycle of sowing to harvest and calving to slaughter, but also for strategic decision-making such as predicting demand for perishable goods and automation to extend the working day.
The ability to manage and manipulate time is increasing, and REAP 2021 explored the many ways this is happening through advances in technology and breakthroughs in science.
The adoption of innovation is getting faster. By 2030 over 80% of rural areas across the world will have connectivity, with frontier systems like LEO satellites promising faster communications.
Putting the speed of fibre optic connections in the air will open up access to a new generation of agri-tech, as low latency and high-resolution near-earth observation are essential for many agri-tech applications.
Additionally, knowledge of the role of circadian rhythms for controlling ripening, reproduction, response to disease and medication may create the opportunity to time-shift – enabling ‘spring’ lamb all year, offering multiple harvests, increasing the shelf-life of fruit and vegetables by weeks and mitigating the impact of climate change.
What are the implications for agricultural business models and supply chains in a world without time constrictions?
Pre-REAP reception for farmer delegates: Tuesday 9th November 16:00-18:00:
‘The Carbon Conversation’ – the enabling technologies, business models, economics and learning points from the road to carbon neutral (by invitation only).
9:00 Opening time
9:00 – 9:15 International Café:
09:30 Welcome and Introduction
Belinda Clarke, Director of Agri-TechE
John Barrett, Director of Sentry and Chair of the Agri-TechE Stakeholder Group
09:45 Keynote Session
Sponsored by AHDB
Chaired by Susannah Bolton, Research Director, AHDB
Precision agriculture is becoming more precise. For millennia, day length and temperature have created a seasonal calendar of farming events – now ground-breaking research has revealed how to manipulate the biological response to time. When combined with space-tech advances in earth observation, positioning and connectivity this discovery is opening a new window on a sustainable future.
Different perspectives will be provided by two inspirational speakers:
Chronoculture, using circadian biology to improve yield and sustainability
Ecosystem analysis – combining old and new knowledge
11:00 Break time
11:10 International Café and Exhibition
The International Café is sponsored by Barclays Eagle Labs
The agri-tech ecosystem is expanding rapidly, so whatever your challenge there will be like-minded people at REAP wanting to explore the solutions. If you are looking for partners, collaborators, distributors or customers then visit the exhibition. For opportunities in the US, Europe, Far East or Middle East markets then visit the International café. Or play the wild card and try speed networking to meet someone new.
The International Café is the place to drop into to find out about agri-tech in different markets. You might be looking for partners, collaborators, distributors or customers – or just wanting to know about the challenges and opportunities in different countries. We’ll be hosting international agri-tech missions from key markets in the café, so stop by the Departure Lounge and join the “flight” to find out more about overseas agri-tech.
11:10 – 11:25 Live exhibition session:
Small Robot Company
11:10 – 11:25 International Café:
Oost NL (Netherlands)
11:25 – 11:40 Live exhibition session:
11:25 – 11:40 International Café:
Abu Dhabi Investment Office (UAE)
11:40 In the Beginning – there is Emerging Agri-Tech
Sponsored by BBSRC
Chaired by James Phillips, Senior Portfolio Manager – Agri-food Business & Innovation, BBSRC
Join us in the lab to hear first-hand from scientists about how they hope their research will make a difference in the industry. We’ve asked all our speakers to share their discoveries, based around a specific date, time or event that has inspired their work. This is your chance to peek into the pipeline of research with the potential for farmer impact.
11:40 – 11:55 Live exhibition session:
11:55 – 12:10 Live exhibition session:
12:40 Lunch time
A chance to explore the exhibition, International Café and network
13:00 – 13:15 Live exhibition session:
Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC)
13:00 – 13:15 International Café:
Research Triangle Regional Partnership (USA)
13:15 – 13:30 Live exhibition session:
13:30 – 13:45 Live exhibition session:
13:45 – 14:00 International Café:
Western Growers Association (USA)
13:45 – 14:00 Live exhibition session:
14:00 Accelerating Agri-Tech Innovation – with the Start-Up Showcase
Sponsored by Rothamsted Enterprises
Chaired by Nicole Sadd, CEO, Rothamsted Enterprises
Our ever-popular Start-Up Showcase features a line-up of some of the most exciting early-stage agri-tech ventures. They are building businesses around technologies from pollination innovation to data services, and agri-robotics to diagnostics. Some are seeking investment, some are seeking your advice and input, others might be wanting trials partners, and some are already at market. Who from the cohort of REAP 2021 will make it into the Agri-TechE Hall of Fame?
15:00 Break time
A chance to explore the exhibition, International Café and network
15:10 Back to the Future – The Sofa Session
Chaired by Vicky Foster, Head of the British Beet Research Organisation (BBRO)
The Sofa Session is the time to take stock and look forward. Disruptive technology impacts business models and value chains – what are the implications for the ideas and innovations discussed in the conference? How near to market are they? What new opportunities do they offer? And how quickly? Building on our industry insights and the outputs of our design workshop looking forward to a net zero future by 2020, this session will also ask the speakers to project forward to a new world enabled by technology.
Farmer: Tom Pearson, Manor Farm, Caxton
Agronomist: Ed Ford, Technical Agronomist, Dyson Farming
Scientist: Paul Kersey, Deputy Director of Science, the Royal Botanical Gardens, Kew
Technologist: Andrew Tewkesbury, Solutions Consultant, Connected Intelligence, Airbus
Vet and investor: Matthew Dobbs, Digital Practice Lead for Stonehaven
16:25 In the Long Run – Closing Comments
As formal proceedings of REAP 2021 draw to a close, we “clock off” with some final thoughts and invite delegates to continue networking, have further online chats, check their meeting programme and gather their post-REAP thoughts.
Belinda Clarke, Director, Agri-TechE
16:40 International Café
The International Café is sponsored by Barclays Eagle Labs
Last chance to explore the exhibition, International Café and network
17:15 Closing time
16:40 – 16:55 International Café:
Missouri Partnership / World Trade Center St Louis (USA)
Thursday 11th November
The event will be open until 4pm where you will be able to continue networking and re-watch the sessions.
Speakers and Chairs
Department of Plant Sciences, University of Cambridge
Professor Alex Webb’s team at the Department of Plant Sciences at the University of Cambridge had a major breakthrough when they discovered circadian clocks increased the size of Arabidopsis plants, confirming that this timing mechanism confers an advantage to plants.
Further research revealed that sugars produced by the plant regulate the clock function and calcium controls the circadian rhythm. Professor Webb says we are at a tipping point where “we’ve got the fundamental biological knowledge and we’ve got the means to exploit it – with expensive automation like robots, cheap automation like smart irrigation, with smart data analysis tools and the ultimate: Controlled Environment Agriculture.”
Professor Webb will discuss the importance of chronoculture, the use of the circadian biology of the plant to improve crop production.
Solutions Consultant, Connected Intelligence, Airbus
Andrew’s interest is in the use of Earth observation data in agriculture. He says we are currently in a golden age of Earth observation; the wealth of publicly available data from the Copernicus programme via the Sentinel satellites are a fantastic resource to monitor climate change and land use change, and to provide information at landscape scale.
Alongside those public missions is an explosion of commercial low Earth orbit satellites typically providing much higher resolution information, and at a user determined frequency.
The benefit for end-users is in the combination of all of these, with commercial low Earth orbit satellites providing the detailed information to characterise boundaries and within field details, and the public missions offering more landscape scale observations.
Group Leader, Genes in the Environment, John Innes Centre
Antony Dodd’s lab at the John Innes Centre is looking at the influence of timing on plant productivity. Of particular interest is how the circadian rhythms of metabolism affect the responses of plants to short and long-term temperature changes and their response to agrochemicals.
Antony Yousefian is the Co-founder of Bx, with a mission to contribute to the reversing of climate change with food production. Bx is turning growers into carbon capture companies by making soil carbon the most valuable asset in the world.
Antony has a passion for technology that can drive positive behaviour changes and impact. Starting his career in asset management, Antony has over 5 years’ experience working in Ag-Tech, during which time he scaled 30MHz from the Netherlands to over 40 countries worldwide. Antony also advises on UK Agtech adoption, sitting on the advisory board for Agrimetrics and KTN.
Agri-Tech Lead, Satellite Applications Catapult
Calum Kelly is the Agri-Tech Lead at the Satellite Applications Catapult, an innovation and technology company transforming the way the world uses satellite technology and data. He works with government, industry and academia to develop satellite-enabled agri-tech solutions to tackle challenges faced by the UK and global food system.
Calum has previously worked within agriculture and fresh produce at Sainsbury’s Supermarkets Ltd, one of the UK’s largest grocery retailers, to develop and deliver projects which promote innovation across its community of suppliers and farmers.
Technical Agronomist, Dyson Farming
As a Technical Agronomist at Dyson Farming, Ed is charged with evaluating and implementing new technologies on farm, and managing data collected across the farm. As well as using farm data to analyse performance across the company’s 14,000ha in Lincolnshire, Ed also manages the carbon reporting.
Last year Dyson Farms announced that it had sequestered 300 tonnes more carbon than it released.
Head of Sustainability, Map of Ag
Hugh Martineau is Head of Sustainability at Map of Ag. Over the last 15 years he has worked with Government departments and private sector clients to review, analyse and develop strategies to address environmental impacts in farming systems. A major focus area has been in relation to climate change mitigation; developing measuring and monitoring programmes for greenhouse gas emissions and removals including assessment of ‘Net Zero’ emissions strategies.
PhD Student, University of Hertfordshire
James Fortune has observed that changes in temperature are impacting the presentation of Phoma stem canker. This major disease of oilseed rape causes annual yield losses of £80-100M in the UK, despite the use of resistant cultivars and fungicides.
Senior Portfolio Manager – Agri-food Business & Innovation, BBSRC
James is a member of the business interaction team at BBSRC UKRI, the UK’s largest public funder of agri-food research. James’s role involves bringing together academic and industrial researchers to progress challenges in agriculture and food security.
James graduated from the University of Bath in 2008 with a 2:1 Masters degree in Chemical Engineering. He has since developed a broad background in the biological sciences through leading public-private partnerships to fund collaborative research into human health, livestock, crop science and smart technologies for horticulture and arables. James regularly engages with companies from across the entire supply-chain, from farmers and growers through to manufacturers and retail, and so has a strong interest in opportunities to support research that will deliver for the entire sector.
European Environment Agency
Jan-Erik Petersen has worked at the European Environment Agency in Copenhagen, Denmark, for about 20 years in a range of specialist and management roles. He currently focuses on helping to develop approaches to ecosystem accounting at EU and global level.
His previous role as an agricultural expert at the EEA involved developing indicator data sets that captured the entire interaction between agriculture and environment, from soil protection and water pollution, to GHG emissions and biodiversity.
He coordinates EEA work to develop better estimates of natural capital and ecosystem services. The EEA team collates data from multiple sources – member states, statistical offices, research projects – but also from earth observation data from the Copernicus satellites, and he works closely with teams developing new products using the raw satellite data.
Of particular interest to Jan-Erik is extensive grazing where there is a close relationship between agriculture and biodiversity. He says that this is a real test for the technology as it is currently difficult to distinguish between different types of grassland using satellite data.
Plant physiology post-doctoral researcher at the University of Essex
John Stamford is investigating how light can be used to both measure plants and regulate their growth and performance. He is currently working on the Interreg 2Seas funded Hy4Dense project, which aims to develop a novel hydroponic cultivation system for high density growth of baby leaf salads.
Mechatronics & UAV Researcher at Harper Adams University
Jonathan Gill is the co-creator of ‘The Hands Free Hectare’, which is the boldest attempted fusion of automation, agronomy and agriculture, together operating drones and drone technology to grow a crop using just machines and no humans.
The project has evolved into Hands Free Farm, with the aim to plant, tend and harvest a range of crops over 35 Hectares of farmland using a number of different autonomous machines.
Professor of Computer Science, Manchester Metropolitan University
Liangxiu Han has led the development of innovative precision agriculture solutions. She is currently part of a consortium developing an autonomous, non-destructive method of measuring nitrogen that can determine the gap between bioavailability in the soil and the requirement from the plant.
Head of Department, Crop Science and Production Systems, NIAB EMR
The Crop Science and Production Systems group at NIAB has been working on deficit irrigation and precision irrigation techniques for over 20 years, focussed on developing and delivering irrigation strategies for commercial growers, where demand is matched with supply.
Group leader Mark Else explains: “Recent advances in sensor technologies, wireless systems and access to real-time data has opened up new opportunities for us. Working with our partners, we’ve developed sensor networks and predictive models that enable accurate monitoring of what’s going on in the crop and in the substrate, now and over the next few days, and so 20 years later, we now have the tools and the scientific knowledge to help growers to better manage deficit Irrigation and to reap the rewards.”
Department of Computer Science, University of Cambridge
Marwa Mahmoud is developing a monitoring system to provide early diagnosis of ill health in sheep by applying her expertise in computer vision and machine learning to livestock.
Digital Practice Lead, Stonehaven Consultancy
Matthew’s interest is in automating processes that are currently done by hand or human eye to save time, remove bias and gain better outcomes. Having started out as a farm animal vet and co-qualified as a lawyer, his focus until recently has been on innovation around the way that services are delivered and businesses are structured.
He has been involved in a number of veterinary start-ups in the UK, both as a founder and angel investor, and supported several UK and US corporate vet groups as a board member.
His knowledge of technology and farm practices, together with a passion for innovation has led to his interest in agri-tech, and he is on the board of three different start-ups: Agri-Epi, a government funded strategy centre looking at precision engineering; Hectare, a provider of data services for digital supply chains that also owns and manages a livestock trading platform called ‘sell my livestock’; and AgSenze, developers of smart monitoring products for livestock.
Head of Industrial & Energy, Cambridge Consultants
Niall leads Cambridge Consultants’ activities in the Agri-Tech sector. An engineer by training, Niall has led breakthrough innovation projects in multiple industry sectors, involving novel robotic, wireless and dispense technologies. He is particularly interested in the potential for technologies in adjacent sectors to make the leap into Agri-Tech, delivering the next round of yield increases.
Business Development Lead, Bayer CropScience
Nick Duncan, Business Development Lead for UK, Ireland and Nordics, is responsible for identifying and developing new business opportunities for the Country Group to complement the existing crop protection and seeds portfolio. He has spent 25 years working for Bayer CropScience and its legacy companies in a number of roles in sales and marketing both in the UK and in the headquarters in Germany.
CEO, Rothamsted Enterprises
Rothamsted Enterprises promotes collaboration and innovation by partnering with commercial agricultural technology businesses to open up the research process. In her role as CEO of Rothamsted Enterprises, Nicole is responsible for driving forward the growth and development of the business portfolio whilst supporting its business community to grow on-site, leading to Rothamsted’s science delivering impact.
Deputy Director of Science, Kew Royal Botanical Gardens
Dr Paul Kersey has responsibility for research and oversees four of Kew’s key scientific priorities: Ecosystem Stewardship, Trait diversity and Function, the Digital Revolution, and Accelerating Taxonomy.
His own research is focused on genomics and bioinformatics, which play an increasing role in Kew’s scientific mission. Recent advances in sequencing technology offer an opportunity to catalogue, understand and compare biological diversity, at a molecular level on an unprecedented scale.
Of particular interest is a collaboration with most of Europe’s largest crop seed gene banks to try to develop new standard approaches for the genetic analysis and dissemination of data around seed bank seeds.
Associate Professor in Soil Chemistry, Cranfield Soil and Agrifood Institute
Ruben Sakrabani has more than 15 years of experience in determining nutrient dynamics in soils.
His current work is on validation of carbon capture fertilisers, in which waste organic matter is used to fix waste CO2 to create a high-carbon organic alternative to industrial fertiliser.
Postdoctoral Scientist, Rothamsted Research
Sarah Morgan is leading the Cell Grazing project. This aims to evaluate the environmental, economic, and social sustainability of traditional set-stocked grazing in comparison to a management intensive grazing system known as ‘techno-grazing’.
Senior Lecturer at LIAT (Lincoln Institute for Agri Food Technology)
Dr Shaun Coutts is a quantitative weed ecologist at LIAT (Lincoln Institute for Agri Food Technology). His research on weed population dynamics includes experimenting with methods of integrated weed management for blackgrass, and techniques to rapidly map weed populations in the field.
Knowledge Exchange Director, AHDB
Susannah is responsible for managing AHDB’s Cereals and Oilseed division’s portfolio of R&D projects and associated knowledge transfer activities, including the production and publication of the recommended lists of crop varieties.
Manor Farm, Caxton
Tom Pearson started running the family farm in West Cambridgeshire six years ago. He has been moving blocks of the farm into a regenerative agriculture system since then, learning what does and doesn’t work on the heavy Hanslope series clay soils. He is embracing the changes that the industry is facing, laying the groundwork for net zero and significant biodiversity gains.
Tom has a background in public health and is keen to explore the contribution that regenerative agriculture could offer through local food networks, reconnecting people to food production and the potential nutritional benefits this has to offer. Two years ago, he took on the role of lead farmer in the West Cambridgeshire Hundreds farm cluster.
Head of the British Beet Research Organisation (BBRO)
Vicky started her career in agriculture at Rothamsted Research in the late 1990s, where she undertook her PhD in plant pathology. This was followed by 15 years at AHDB where she drove the research programme for cereals and oilseeds, she joined BBRO in 2018. Now fully engaged in the sugar beet industry, Vicky continues to lead BBRO from strength to strength delivering essential research and knowledge exchange activities for its 3,000 levy payers.
Director, Sentry Limited
and Chair, Agri-TechE Stakeholder Group
John Barrett is the Business Manager of Sentry Norfolk, Mid Kent and Suffolk; and Director of Sentry Ltd. He has managed the Ditchingham Farms Estate in Norfolk since 2001, overseeing growth of the business to over 3,600 acres. He is an active member of the Agri-TechE cluster and chairs the Stakeholder Group.
Belinda is driven by the belief that innovation is a vital driver for agricultural productivity, environmental sustainability and economic growth. Starting her career in research (let’s talk crop diseases, and starch production in peas and potatoes), she then developed experience at the interface between industry, innovation and government, and became determined to bring farmers, researchers and technology developers closer together to improve the efficiency of communication and understanding between them, and to accelerate the adoption of new innovations on farms.
Over the last 8 years she has led the development and creation of the award-winning membership network which is Agri-TechE. With members from across the UK and internationally, Agri-TechE is one of the largest and longest-established agri-tech innovation ecosystems in Europe.
Sponsorship packages include up to 3 complimentary tickets for the conference and an exhibition stand, as well as name-checks in the pre-event communications and your organisation and logo in the post-conference report. If you are interested in becoming a sponsor of REAP 2021, let’s have a chat!
Sponsor of the bursary
The AF Group, the UK’s largest agricultural purchasing co-operative, is delighted to be supporting REAP with bursaries that allow farmers and growers to attend the conference for the discounted rate of £40 (+VAT) per delegate. Anyone in the UK who is a grower or farmer, or who is in full-time education in agriculture (or an agriculture-related discipline such as plant science, agri-engineering, environmental sciences etc) is eligible to apply.
As farming businesses adopt more and more technology, AF is pleased to work closely with Agri-TechE to help them build a hub of global innovation in the east of England.
David Horton-Fawkes, CEO, said: “Agriculture stands at a crossroads as it navigates some of the most fundamental changes to the industry in a generation. Now, more than ever, collaboration and innovation is needed to help farmers adapt and thrive to these new changes. The REAP conference is a brilliant platform to gain insight into these changes and AF is proud to support the bursary once again.”
Sponsor of the Keynote session
AHDB delivers transformational projects to drive productivity and boost farming and supply chain businesses. To cover the whole supply chain; we work with farmers, growers, packers, processers, agronomists, vets and abattoirs. This helps us unify the industry, bridge gaps in knowledge and encourage collaboration to build a stronger future for everyone. Each year we invest around £60m in the future of agriculture – delivering projects that no one else would. Our work includes opening and developing markets for our farmers and growers products here in the UK and overseas, developing new tools and techniques through innovative Research & Development then delivering them to farmers and growers through our collaborative Knowledge Exchange programmes.
We also provide independent Market Intelligence to improve business decision making and help educate the next generation of consumers and farmers. As an industry-funded organisation, we’re uniquely placed to help farmers, growers and the supply chain prepare for the changes ahead. This means helping the industry embrace new technologies, techniques and skills to become more competitive and profitable.
Barclays Eagle Labs
Sponsor of the International Café
Eagle Labs are a growing national network of incubator spaces that provide business incubation, mentoring and co-working and office space for ambitious high-growth businesses as well as digital skills development and rapid prototyping through onsite digital fabrication equipment and Industry 4.0 expertise at many sites.
By cultivating a community of likeminded entrepreneurs through a providing a collaborative work environment, access to their peers and opportunities to maximise growth through digital connections, curated events and funding opportunities, Eagle Labs are able to help start-ups to grow at pace.
Eagle Labs also specialise in positively disrupting key industries by bringing together key corporate players, industry bodies, leading universities and start-ups to enable rapid innovation and investment by asking them to collaborate and currently have dedicated LawTech, HealthTech and AgriTech industry-aligned programmes.
With 25 Eagle Labs across the country and more in the pipeline, their focus is to help to connect, educate and accelerate ambitious UK businesses and entrepreneurs.
Sponsor of Emerging Agri-Tech
The Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC) is part of UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) and invests in world-class bioscience research and training on behalf of the UK public. Funded by the UK government, BBSRC invested over £500M in world-class bioscience in 2020-21.
BBSRC invests to push back the frontiers of biology and deliver a healthy, prosperous and sustainable future. Agriculture and food security is a strategic priority for BBSRC and we aim to realise the potential of scientific advances for farmers and growers. We support around 1,600 scientists in universities and institutes across the UK and invest in research and innovation to address the sector’s needs. BBSRC has a role to underpin and enable businesses to identify growth opportunities and to access innovations. This involves connecting to the needs of the entire supply-chain from producers to consumers, enabling the continued progression towards a more productive, healthier, resilient and sustainable agriculture and food system in the UK.
Missouri, alongside the UK, is the global leader in agritech. Agritech research and innovation is taking place across this US state, and the agritech relationship between Missouri and the UK is strong. Agriculture as a whole in Missouri is an $88 billion industry each year, with more than 378,000 people working in the field. In fact, Missouri is home to the “Ag Coast of America” due to the volume of agricultural products shipped via river barge. Missouri is home to agritech and food innovators such as Britain’s AB Mauri, Europe’s Bayer Crop Science, KWS and Boehringer Ingelheim, and home grown innovation from the likes of the Danforth Plant Science Center, Yield Lab, Bunge and the Missouri Botanical Garden.
Missouri Partnership is focused on building more of these cross-Atlantic connections, and has been an integral part of the strong relationship between Agri-TechE and Missouri. The organization was founded in 2007 and is a public-private economic development organization focused on attracting new jobs and investment to the state, and promoting Missouri’s business strengths around the world. They provide direct support to companies interested in investing in Missouri and work statewide to connect companies with the best locations and solutions for their business goals. Missouri Partnership has been a key part of Missouri agritech missions to the UK and Agri-TechE missions to Missouri, including the most recent virtual mission in 2021.
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 in agriculture. We welcome commercial agricultural businesses to our campus and have a thriving ecosystem of businesses from start-ups and spinouts to SMEs and larger organisations.
We are proud of our laboratory and office spaces, our sustainably refurbished hotdesking hub and our state-of-the-art conference and events facilities. These are home to a vibrant community of growing agri-tech businesses including Agri-TechE members Timac Agro, CHAP, Pherosyn and Grow Biotech.
Nicole Sadd, CEO of Rothamsted Enterprises, said: “Sponsoring the Start-Up Showcase at the REAP conference is extremely important to Rothamsted and it’s a real highlight for us each year. We are committed to supporting innovation, collaboration and business growth in agri-tech, particularly in the East of England through our partners such as Agri-TechE.”
Sponsor of the Carbon Conversation on 9th November
Savills was founded as a rural surveying business more than 150 years ago. Today it is a global real estate services provider listed on the London Stock Exchange with an international network of more than 600 offices and associates.
Savills offers a broad range of specialist advisory, management and transactional services to clients all over the world. True to their roots, the UK rural economy remains an integral part of their business and their rural teams are focused on the commercial needs of landowners, farmers and agricultural enterprises. In the East of England, specialist advisers based in Cambridgeshire, Bedfordshire, Norfolk, Suffolk, Hertfordshire and Essex work together to provide innovative solutions aimed at adding value and maximising their clients’ assets.
Savills’ wide ranging expertise covers agribusiness advice to meet the changing needs of modern farming; farm and estate agency; estate management and consultancy; professional services and renewable energy projects.
Savills is deeply committed to life and business in the countryside. They identify with their clients’ objectives – Savills’ role is to help their clients achieve them however ambitious they may seem.
At REAP 2021 Savills’ is sponsoring the Carbon Conversation.
Jon Dearsley, Savills’ Head of Natural Capital, comments: “Carbon will be a significant part of all our lives over the next 20 years and farmers are a key part of the challenge and solution. We are really excited to be involved in an area that has so much potential to dramatically change farming practices and profitability.”
World Trade Center St. Louis
For more than 25 years, as the international division of St. Louis Economic Development Partnership, World Trade Center St. Louis (WTC) has supported growth for the region’s businesses, most importantly, ensuring St. Louis companies are represented in an increasingly global marketplace. From customized research to trade training, hosting inbound and outbound delegations and managing St. Louis’ Mosaic Project, Foreign Trade Zone and EB-5 investor visa program, WTC brings together a strong system of business and government agencies to support trade and foreign investment and enhance St. Louis’ global connectivity.
The AF Group is delighted to be once again supporting REAP with bursaries to allow farmers and growers to attend the conference for the discounted rate of £50 (+VAT) per delegate. Anyone in the UK who is a grower or farmer, or who is in full-time education in agriculture (or an agriculture-related discipline such as plant science, agri-engineering, environmental sciences etc.) is eligible to apply.
REAP aims to inspire new thinking, and the availability of a bursary kindly sponsored by The AF Group, the UK’s largest agricultural purchasing co-operative, encourages farmers, growers and agricultural students to attend.
The closing date for applications was Friday 22 October 2021.
5 Basis CPD points will be available for attendees this event – link to register will be shared on the day.
These are some of the responses from bursary applicants to the question:
Why is agricultural innovation important in your business or future career, and what are the opportunities you see to implement the thinking from the REAP conference in your future?
“Innovation will be the only way we can meet our climate objectives, be it collaboratively or with personalised data. Real-time management will take more centre stage going forward as we react to changing weather.”
“Our role is to advise our landowners and help them achieve their aims. These include rebuilding soils, carbon capture and net zero for their farms, alongside sustainable profit and biodiversity. My aim is to bring opportunities, innovation and ideas to them to help them achieve their goals.”
– Contract farmer
“I’m always interested in ideas for the future as farming needs to change.”
“I am keen to use my scientific background to contribute towards making positive changes in this area in my future career. I believe the REAP conference would be an opportunity to learn more about current innovations and future goals and ideas. I would really appreciate the chance to hear from experts from both sides, science and agriculture, as I believe that sharing knowledge and collaboration is key to making progress in the right direction”
– PhD Student
“Agriculture innovation is hugely important in giving us as farm managers the tools to efficiently and effectively manage our farms in the modern farming era. It is fast paced, with hugely important weather-restricted decisions needing to be made at the drop of a hat. Understanding and then using data is everything – if we cannot measure it we cannot manage it. I can see the success of our innovators over the next few years is going to play a huge part on our farm and determine how successful our farm will be in years to come.”
Sponsored by Eagle Labs
At REAP 2021 we are featuring a new International Café, where delegates will be able to explore business opportunities in other markets.
With international missions, trade and business visits severely restricted, the REAP International Café will give organisations from around the world the chance to make connections, showcase capabilities and promote the opportunities available to investors, researchers and entrepreneurs.
And conference visitors will be encouraged to attend the Café throughout the day, with regular calls to go to the ‘Departure Lounge’ to see and hear live presentations from each of our international delegations.
If you’re keen to explore overseas opportunities, meet potential collaborators, or get a feel for tech and innovation in other markets, the International Café is the place for you at this year’s REAP Conference.
We’re looking forward to renewing old acquaintances from Europe, North America and further afield, and making new friends from other regions. So make sure you pop into the Café during the day, and listen out for alerts letting you know when the delegations will be speaking live.
Some of the international organisations presenting will include:
Live sessions throughout the day
9:00 – 9:15 Trendlines (Singapore)
11:10 – 11:25 Oost NL (Netherlands)
11:25 – 11:40 Abu Dhabi Investment Office (UAE)
13:00 – 13:15 Research Triangle Regional Partnership (USA)
13:45 – 14:00 Western Growers Association (USA)
16:40 – 16:55 Missouri Partnership / World Trade Center St Louis (USA)
Find out more about the International Cafe in this video:
In the Beginning – there is Emerging Agri-Tech
Sponsored by BBSRC
Join us in the lab to hear first-hand from scientists about how they hope their research will make a difference in the industry. We’ve asked all our speakers to share their discoveries, based around a specific date, time or event that has inspired their work.
Find out more about the Emerging Agri-Tech Session in this video, and scroll down for a glimpse of what’s to come…
A good breakfast sets you up for the day…
…it also provides energy in a timely manner, just like nutrient additives do for crops. But can the next generation of nutrient pellets also help us move toward net zero?
The summer of flares and disco glitz…
… also saw the first steps toward facial recognition for humans. Fast forward 30 years and researchers are applying this technology in sheep to better understand their behaviour and assess their health.
Newton’s prism was key…
…in his discovery of the colour spectrum, and went on to grace the cover of Pink Floyd’s classic album “the Dark Side of the Moon”. But can splitting light into its component colours also provided a spotlight into the production of high density salads?
A humble crop of wheat was drilled…
…in what was to become the world’s longest running field experiment, revealing the importance of nitrogen to crop development. Now AI and computer vision are revealing new insights to nitrogen use by plants for more efficient input application.
A decade that saw the “Great British Heatwave”…
…as well as challenges in the availability of power and commodities such as sugar. Plant hormones were also discovered – and have now helped inspire a new approach to smart irrigation.
The year blackgrass herbicide resistance was first detected.
After 40 years of resistance to commercial herbicides, are there viable alternatives to manage this weed?
Sci-fi writer Aldous Huxley made a bold prediction…
…farming would be autonomous by the year 2000. So what is the latest for robotics and automation on farms and how close is it to widespread commercial reality?
The first electric train was tested…
…GMT was invented, the Gilbert and Sullivan classic “Pirates of Penzance” was first staged, and Charles Darwin published his seminal book on plant movement, where he first eluded to the notion that plants can sense time. How are these circadian rhythms today informing key activities in the farming calendar?
Whilst the UK and Europe were dancing away…
…to the new sound of techno, a surprisingly different type of techno was emerging on the opposite side of the globe. How does intensive ‘Techo-Grazing’ compare to more conventional methods of livestock grazing?
Falling leaves look pretty…
…but as the climate changes, how are warmer autumns changing the patterns of disease transmission in crops such as oil seed rape?
With Tinder, Uber and Deliveroo…
…all of which have been enabled by satellite GPS. But how will advances in satellite applications enable tomorrow’s farmers to embrace precision agriculture?
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The REAP Start-Up Showcase is one of the most hotly-anticipated sessions of the conference. We keep a watching brief on emerging and growing ventures and invite them to share their thinking at REAP. Some may be seeking investment, but most are looking for partnerships, industry insights and co-development collaborators to help make their business a commercial success. We have invited eight of the most exciting start-ups to share their technologies and their ambitions with you – YOU can be part of their journey and make a different to the industry?
Take a look through this year’s companies, and then see how previous participants are doing in the Start-Up Hall of Fame.
Just some of the comments we’ve had about REAP 2022:
“I thought it was really well run with great content and I thoroughly enjoyed the day. I feel it was the best one you have done so far and whilst I know AF always get something out of the day, I was able to get a lot from it myself.”
Tom Carter, Head of Membership at AF