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Groundswell 2024 – see us there

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Groundswell 2024 will demonstrate just how far farming has changed. The Regenerative Agriculture Festival brings together farmers, environmental organisations and others in a productive conversation about sustainable agriculture.

Similar in format to a music festival, the event has many different stages, which are just as likely to feature commercial livestock farmers sharing their migration to Net Zero as evangelistic rewilders!

The event provides a forum to learn about the theory and practical applications of regenerative farming and is hosted by the Cherry family on their farm in Hertfordshire. John and Paul Cherry have farmed for over thirty years, converting their mixed farm to a no-till system in 2010. 

Groundswell 2024 takes place at Lannock Manor Farm, Hertfordshire, SG4 7EE, on the 26th & 27th of June 2024. Tickets go on sale at 10am on 22nd April 2024.

Agri-TechE will have a stand at the festival – number MS 3 which is in the Indoor Marquee Stands East, opposite the food court – and are taking part in the BASIS Knowledge Trail. Visit our stand and fill out a fun questionnaire to collect points! Many of our members will also have a presence – full details below. We look forward to seeing you there.

Groundswell

ADAS: one of the UK’s largest independent providers of agricultural and environmental applied/strategic research and consultancy.

AF Group: one of the UK’s largest agricultural purchasing co-operatives working with thousands of farmers across the UK.

AHDB: a statutory levy board, funded by farmers, growers and others in the supply chain and managed as an independent organisation.

AngloAmerican: producing a low chloride, multi-nutrient fertiliser suitable for organic use that can boost crop yields and aid more sustainable farming.

Barenbrug: a leading grass breeder, producing more than 3,000 tonnes of UK grown grass seed each year, distributed to both amenity and agricultural markets through an efficient network.

Barenbrug at Groundswell 2023
Barenbrug at Groundswell 2023

Birkett Long: specialist lawyers, patent attorneys, IFAs and HR advisers offering the full range of advice.

Brown & Co: leading provider of agency, professional and consultancy services across rural, commercial and residential property, agriculture and the environment.

Burleigh Dodds Science Publishing: providers of a database of curated scientific content to empower the agricultural community to build a sustainable future.

Cranfield University: recognised worldwide by industry, government and academe for its research and teaching in food biosciences, soil, digital and sustainability.

Eurofins AgriGenomics: a genomics services supplier with a wide range of tailored, high throughput genotyping solutions.

FramFarmers: providers of a purchasing, grain marketing and administrative function for 1,250 farming businesses across the UK, acting as an extension to individual farm offices.

Future Biogas: the largest producer of biomethane in the UK. It aims to design and operate the next generation of Anaerobic Digestion plants delivering Bioenergy with Carbon Capture and Storage (BECCS) while helping to decarbonise UK farming.

Hutchinsons: a leading agronomy company with over 200 arable and horticultural agronomists nationwide, providing growers with the highest standards of agronomic advice and an unrivalled range of services.

Map of Ag: the company’s Pure Farming data permissioning platform allows farms and industry to find, access, interoperate, re-use and above all control how and where their data is used.

NIAB: a major international centre for plant research, crop evaluation and agronomy – a unique national resource, with nearly 100 years of experience and an internationally recognised reputation for independence, innovation and integrity.

NIAB at Groundswell 2023
NIAB at Groundswell 2023

PES Technologies: soil health measurement tool provides biological, chemical and physical soil health indicators, including microbial biomass and soil organic matter content, in-field in five minutes, straight to your mobile phone.

Ponda: developing next-generation biomaterials from paludiculture crop typha, with the aim of connecting the creation of healthier textiles for the fashion industry to the urgent need for carbon locking land restoration.

Rothamsted Research: the longest running agricultural research station in the world, providing cutting-edge science and innovation for nearly 170 years.

Savills: a real estate services provider with an international network of more than 600 offices and associates, offering a broad range of specialist advisory, management and transactional services to clients all over the world.

Sentry: one of the largest national farming companies in the UK, with 20,000 hectares of land under cultivation for clients throughout the country, annually growing over 400,000 tonnes of local produce.

SRUC: Scotland’s Rural College provides education, research, and consultancy (through SAC Consulting) to create a natural economy fuelled by responsible use of the world’s natural resources.

Timac Agro: a specialist in plant and animal nutrition with extensive expertise in crop nutrition, soil conditioning and fertiliser efficiency, offering a specific range of fertilisers adapted to local soils and farmers’ needs.

University of Essex: bringing expertise in both plant science and and automation, giving businesses access to world-leading research, unlocking funding opportunities, and providing in-depth, evidence-led business advice.

University of Reading: provides world-class expertise and facilities in agri-tech, encompassing many disciplines across the whole University, with specialisms in crop and livestock science, sustainable land management, international development, and applied economics and marking.

Yagro: creator of a platform and tools with the aim of driving insight and productivity by making cutting edge data and analytics capability broadly available across the agricultural sector.

Groundswell 2022 [credit Groundswell]
Groundswell 2022 [credit: Groundswell]

Agri-TechE mission to AGRITECHNICA

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Continued mechanisation to farm at ever greater scales was the main take-home from AGRITECHNICA 2023 – the world’s leading trade fair for agricultural machinery. But innovation could certainly be seen in halls.

Becky says: “The impression I had is that the European agricultural machinery industry still thinks bigger is better. There were 18 innovation awards and it appeared that nearly every one of them went to a tractor, harvester or an attachment for a tractor!

“However, alongside the big kit were pockets of innovation – from automation through to advanced sensing and alternative chemistries. Our members sought out the thought-leaders, cutting edge technology, and sensed a shift towards more sustainable farming practices.

“Exhibitors at AGRITECHNICA face the same problems as innovators across all industries: giving the market what it knows and feels comfortable with, while adapting to wider global and environmental concerns. Addressing these wider issues brings opportunities for innovation, but selling them may require a little more persuasion…

Participants gave their thoughts in a short video:

 

Progress towards Net Zero

The conversation at the recent REAP conference was very much about reducing emissions on-farm, with a move away from diesel considered the fastest way to achieve this.

At AGRITECHNICA, there were a number of examples of electrification and alternative fuels, such as the MK-V from Monarch, which was being shown for the first time in Europe. This is the world’s first fully electric, driverless tractor, which claims to produce 54 metric tons less CO2e emissions than a diesel equivalent.

There was also the Helios from Fendt, which has a hydrogen fuel cell and 25kWh battery to power an electric motor.

“The general feeling was that a seismic move from diesel is still many years away, but very much needed, given the current technology is now over 100 years old.” Becky continues: “However, chatting with our members, we thought it unlikely that electric will have enough power for the huge (24-36m) attachments that we saw at the show, so a rethink is needed here.”

Is bigger better?

“We had a good cross-section of the Agri-TechE membership on the trip, which included farmers, agribusinesses, and early technology companies. The consensus was that our ecosystem is looking beyond ‘big’ to alternative models of cultivation for the future.

“The group reflected that farmers are looking for smaller, lighter machines that reduce compaction of the soil, and that robotics are potentially a great solution to this.

“We saw a few examples of robotics at the show, but with the exception of AgXeed, Naio Technologies and our friends AGROINTELLI, developers of ROBOTTI, many of these seemed to be prototypes rather than near market products.

Technologies of the future

Belinda Clarke, Director of Agri-TechE, gave a keynote address on the Expert Stage: Inhouse Farming. The ‘Inhouse Farming – Feed & Food Show’ is the DLG’s new platform for the agricultural and food systems of the future and its events ran in parallel to the main show. It offers technical information, perspectives, innovations and business – from feed to food – including topics such as vertical farming, high value crops, aquaponics, energy concepts and insects.

The Inhouse Farming platform shared strong synergies with topics familiar amongst Agri-TechE membership. Becky continued: “At the show, there were demonstrations of precision agriculture techniques like spot spraying – which is something that we have been discussing in the Agri-TechE network for a while – but it seemed to be considered an exciting hot topic, which suggests there is a good market opportunity here for many of our members.

“Managing data and interoperability are always topics of interest to the network, and I went to a talk by Microsoft and Bayer. It is very exciting to see key players like Microsoft working on active projects in this area, but it’s still quite fragmented – solid collaboration is needed to bring this into the commercial ‘norm’.

Exploring opportunities: Agri-TechE members unite

Travelling as an Agri-TechE group fostered a true sense of community, sparking genuine curiousity and a desire to learn from one another.

“It was great that the group got along famously – they didn’t stop talking! There was a real openness and everyone benefitted from sharing their different perspectives. There was much value for the group in meeting and visiting the show together and sharing tips on the best stands to visit and most exciting exhibitors to chat to.

“The show was huge so it was difficult to take it all in, but there was something for everyone, and some great connections were made.

“The takeaway was how much our group showcased the incredible diversity and industry-leading strength exhibited by the Agri-TechE ecosystem.

Partnering with DLG

Agri-TechE partnered with the DLG to offer the opportunity to members, which included bespoke networking, an invitation to the official opening and the chance to explore this prestigious event.

Greg Smith, DLG’s representative UK & Ireland, says: “We were delighted to welcome the Agri-TechE mission to AGRITECHNICA, representing key players in the UK’s vibrant agri-tech ecosystem.

“The connections they made and the opportunities they have had to immerse themselves in AGRITECHNICA will, we hope, help them develop their own businesses and operations. In addition, they have been able to experience at first hand how agrifoodtech is vital to global food production as we focus on growing more, from less. We look forward to growing the relationship with Agri-TechE in future years and through the DLG’s world-leading platforms, shows and events.”

Becky continues “We’re hugely grateful for being given this opportunity by the DLG, and for our network being recognised as leaders in the agri-tech field. Our group had real camaraderie and hopefully did what it was brought out to do – to lead the agri-tech charge opening conversations about automation, regenerative agriculture, and help steer conversations that open doors for innovative, less mainstream types of agri-machinery.

“We hope to attend again next year and are excited to see the increasing role that agri-tech can play amongst the old favourites.”

Will Dunn, Founder and CEO, Ag-drive

Will is a third-generation agricultural contractor, and he has developed Ag-drive, a cloud-based app for agricultural contractors and farmers. It is designed to help them manage the business, from job planning through to completion, with the ability to send invoices linked to accounts packages such as Quick Books, Sage and Xero. Ag-drive provides a truly paperless system, making every farm contracting business accountable and traceable. The system is also being used by businesses and contractors outside the agricultural sector.

Chris Eglington, Director, Crop Angel Ltd

Chris is a farmer who has adopted innovation on his farm. He established Crop Angel to support precision farming with drone technology.

Andrew Francis, COO & Co-founder, TEAM Ag (UK) Ltd.

Andrew held the position of Farms Director for a large Estate and Agri Business, prior to founding TEAM Ag. TEAM stands for ‘Transformational Estate and Agricultural Management’ and its ethos is to find ways to build long-term resilience in food production and environmental systems. Its clients include land managers, institutional investors and tech start-ups.

Eric Hewitson, Head of Communications, Wyld Networks

Wyld Networks is a Satellite IoT connectivity company with a deep knowledge of Low Power Wide Area Networks, especially using LoRaWAN technology. It specialises in sensor to satellite connectivity.

Richard Ling, Farm Manager, Rookery Farm Ltd

Richard is part of team transitioning Rookery Farm from a mixed family farm to a professional agribusiness, fit to adapt and thrive into the future. As a former AHDB Monitor farmer he values knowledge exchange and an opportunity to get out of his comfort zone wherever possible.

Jamie Lockhart, Managing Director, Frederick Hiam Ltd

Frederick Hiam is a diverse Farming and Fresh Produce Business, with farms in Suffolk, Norfolk and Cambridgeshire. Its main site at Brandon Fields includes two vegetable packhouses and employs around 80 full-time employees alongside seasonal staff. The organisation is automating trimming vegetables in its packhouse and has invested in field robotics. It will be establishing circa 120 hectares of root vegetables in 2024 with autonomous vehicles.

Nial Mottram, Head of Industrial & Energy, Cambridge Consultants

Niall leads Cambridge Consultants’ activities in the Agri-Tech sector. He is particularly interested in the potential for technologies in adjacent sectors to make the leap into Agri-Tech.

Will Charlton, Director and Lead Consultant, Seeded Marketing Ltd

Will combines strategic marketing experience – working for large multinational businesses such as Bayer Crop Science and Limagrain – with detailed technical knowledge, and is also BASIS and FACTS qualified.

Florian Richter, Founder & CEO, Muddy Machines Ltd

Florian’s family farm is in Portugal and he grew up in an asparagus growing region of Germany. Muddy Machines is building field robots that offer automated asparagus harvesting. Battery-powered and light weight the robots also reduce soil compaction.

Zane van Romunde, Associate Director, eg technology

Zane is an experienced project leader with a background in delivering large, complex technology demonstration projects, including the world’s first containerised biomass pyrolysis system in Hamburg. He brings this expertise to eg technology, a specialist integrated product design, engineering and development consultancy that takes client products from concept through to market.

Maisie Wildgoose, Management Trainee, Ben Burgess Ltd

Maisie worked on the applications team at SOYL writing variable rate plans for phosphate and potassium, before moving onto a management trainee scheme at Ben Burgess, a leading agricultural machinery supplier.

Charlie Yorke, Farming Propositions Manager, NFU Mutual

Charlie was brought up on a small, mixed-system family farm and this has provided him with an intimate understanding of the agricultural sector’s pressing issues, challenges, and opportunities. This informs his role at NFU Mutual, a leading rural insurance provider supporting farming communities.

Find out more about AGRITECHNICA at agritechnica.com

Our Annual Event – Ag101: An Introduction to the Industry

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As the backbone of the global food supply chain, agriculture and horticulture are essential to meeting the world’s increasing demand for sustainable, high-quality produce.

But the agricultural industry faces a minefield of challenges, from labour shortages, climate change and supply chain disruptions that are increasingly capturing global attention.

In this complex landscape, it has become more vital than ever to understand the real issues faced ‘on-farm’, to explore diverse and innovative solutions, and discover the role of technology in shaping and delivering the future of the agricultural industry.

Enter “Ag101” an event tailored for newcomers to the agricultural and horticultural sectors, as well as researchers, scientists, engineers and technology developers seeking to deepen their insights into this dynamic field.

Who should attend Ag101?

  • Companies considering broadening their scope to include agriculture as a new market.
  • Tech innovators and academics from diverse industries, interested in exploring agriculture as a potential market for their validated technologies.
  • Professionals in ag-facing businesses who want to get a sense of the context of the industry or seeking to deepen their understanding of the agricultural landscape.
  • Individuals with limited knowledge of agriculture, eager to explore the industry and consider it for future career opportunities.

By entering the agricultural industry, companies gain access to an extensive and continually growing market with multiple revenue streams and countless avenues for innovation and growth, with the added potential for environmental stewardship.

Ag101 is the go-to event to introduce you to this multifaceted, dynamic industry. You’ll find out who and what you need to know to navigate your journey and make a success in this market.


Gardin sensor in use introduction to agriculture

An introduction to agriculture

Our event will help you to understand how cutting-edge technologies are revolutionising various facets of agriculture, and where gaps remain that require urgent solutions. Whether it’s digitizing vineyards or managing one of the largest national farming companies in the UK, you’ll learn first-hand how technology can, and is, shaping the future of agriculture.

Agri-TechE’s Interdisciplinary Manager, Diego Durantini, explains:

“Agriculture is fertile ground for innovation – farmers and growers are hungry for technology to address the variety of problems they face and to support them in their quest to grow the food we eat. The scale and diversity of the industry offers big opportunities for new technologies that wouldn’t initially be linked to agriculture – from smartphone cameras identifying plant diseases to GPS-guided tractors. These “non-ag” technologies are turning heads in the industry – could your tech solution be next?”


Spotlight on farmers

As we dive into the heart of agriculture, we put farmers in the spotlight to give unique perspectives on the industry’s challenges.

Our featured farmers will give you a glimpse into the lives of those who work to bring food from farm to table, sharing their stories from breeding pedigree cattle to making British wine. Through these diverse experiences, we aim to demonstrate both the shared problems and the individual nuances that shape the agricultural landscape – and how you can be part of it.

An opportunity to connect to the wider industry

Ag101’s overview of the industry showcases expert perspectives across the global supply chain’s interconnected stages. From fields to processing plants, you’ll be introduced to complexities faced by farmers and stakeholders, enabling you to tailor your tech innovations to match real needs, navigate this ever-evolving industry and make a tangible impact.

Diego Durantini continues:

“The farms we traditionally think of as being ‘agriculture’ are merely the first stage in a complex global supply chain encompassing processing, manufacturing, packaging, and transport, before food finally lands on shop shelves. Technology can support every stage of the supply chain to ensure a more resilient, robust and profitable industry.”

As well as gaining a deepened understanding of the agricultural industry, you will receive practical guidance on next steps – from how to introduce your innovations into the industry, routes to market and crucially, who you need to connect with to make this happen (hint: it’s through Agri-TechE!).

The world of agriculture awaits you, and Ag101 is your ticket to explore its possibilities.

Secure your place today by registering for Ag101 on our events page.

 

Tech to tackle rural crime

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Farms and remote landscapes face isolated and vulnerable conditions making them prime targets for crime. And from farmers to supply chains, the impact of rural crime reaches far and wide, affecting insurance premiums and even the cost of our food.

Cutting-edge technology can scale crime-prevention activities to make them more effective and efficient. From smart surveillance systems, drones and night-vision monitoring, tech can be the ultimate ally in safeguarding farms and rural businesses.

What is rural crime?

Rural crimes fall into four broad categories – agricultural, equine, wildlife and heritage, alongside environmental crimes such as illegal waste-dumping and water pollution.

Agricultural crimes can range from theft of farm machinery and fuel to livestock worrying, criminal damage, and cyber attacks.

In 2023, NFU Mutual, the UK’s leading rural insurer, released a Rural Crime Report to highlight its true cost to the UK. Livestock rustling, quad and ATV theft are some significant examples that contribute to the total loss of over £49.5m in 2022.

Combating rural crime

Agri-TechE is excited to share insights into the latest technologies that can aid in crime prevention and help farmers safeguard their assets and wildlife at our event Protect, Prevent and Retrieve: Agri-Tech to Reduce Rural Crime.

To address these challenges, experts recommend a focus on crime prevention to protect rural businesses and farms. PC Chris Shelley of Norfolk Police’s Rural Crime Team explains:

“Obviously our preference is the prevention of crime in the first place, and I am excited to learn about any technologies that can help farmers protect themselves from being targeted.

But given the pace of new technology development, both farmers and police increasingly have ever-more sophisticated tools which help identify criminals, watch over farm assets and wildlife as well as tracking and tracing stolen goods.”

Rural Crime (Strategy) Bill

As well as equipping individuals with the technology to protect against and prevent rural crime, policy and unified policing strategies have an important role to play. 

In July 2023, the Rural Crime (Strategy) Bill was presented to parliament. The Bill would require the Secretary of State to establish a task force to produce and implement a strategy for tackling rural crime.

In the interim, some constabularies have established dedicated teams for tackling rural crime – as in Norfolk’s Operation Randall.

Agri-TechE event ‘Protect, Prevent and Retrieve: Agri-Tech to Reduce Rural Crime’

At this online event we’ll explore the latest innovations in rural security that are revolutionising the way we protect our businesses, livestock, machinery, and people.

We have gathered a panel of experts and law enforcement professionals who will share their knowledge and experiences related to rural crime. We will also showcase real-life farmer case studies that demonstrate the effectiveness of agri-tech solutions.

In collaboration with Norfolk County Council and AF Group, and featuring insights from the Norfolk Police and Crime Commissioner, this event promises to be an engaging and eye-opening discussion.

Whether you’ve been a victim of rural crime, want to proactively protect your assets or you have technology and solutions to offer, this event will provide you with valuable insights and practical tips in effectively taking your next steps.

Join us at our free online event on October 12, 5-6.30pm – head over to our booking page to sign up for Protect, Prevent & Retrieve: Agri-Tech to Reduce Rural Crime.

Food, Farming and Nature Conservation consensus at Groundswell

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“Producing for food, nature and climate” was the phrase frequently used by Janet Hughes of Defra as she gave a pragmatic presentation to a packed tent at Groundswell 2023. Once a fringe event, the topics discussed at the regenerative agriculture festival have become increasingly mainstream with a greater consensus growing over key issues.

Flex and adapt approach

Janet was keen to reassure farmers, and others in the Big Top, that a less prescriptive approach will be adopted with the new Environment Land Management schemes (ELMs) – offering greater flexibility to pick and mix and to create a tailored scheme that works for the farm.

In particular, she talked about the Countryside Stewardship Scheme, reiterating that this is to continue since its improvement through farmer input, and is now considered efficient. Defra aims to deliver its outcomes through this scheme.

For the Sustainable Farming Incentive, the learning points from over 4000 farm trials are being incorporated to expand the scope. The standards will not be ‘bundled’ as first devised but instead offered as a portfolio for farmers and their advisers to select from.

Janet Hughes, Defra
Janet Hughes, Defra

She says: “We are testing and learning as we go, balancing the need for ‘certainty’ that farmers require for planning with a ‘flex and adapt’ approach to make the schemes good and fit for purpose.” Her vision is to develop a farming system with feedback loops that deliver productivity and prosperity while delivering on food production and the environment.

She reassured the audience that 530 schemes had been accepted for the higher tier Countryside Stewardship and the standard had been good. There are plans to increase access and also to offer a hybrid approach to allow smaller projects within a wider mid tier scheme to be eligible for support under the higher tier.

She also acknowledged that there was a plethora of grants and schemes and Defra is looking at ways to make it easier to find the relevant support and make an application.

Growing consensus

The next session looked at how there is a growing consensus over the direction of travel for farming.

The Food, Farming and Nature Consensus had evolved from discussions at the Oxford Farming Conference, it aims to bring all stakeholders together to find common ground to tackle systemic issues.

All signatories to the pledge agreed upon three shared principles:

  1. A healthy natural environment underpins food security.
  2. Farming has a vital role in producing food but also in tackling the nature, climate and health crises.
  3. Diversity in all its forms will enable resilience and innovation in the face of growing economic and environmental challenges.

Helen Browning, Katie Lo Luxton, Lord Benyon, Stuart Roberts
Helen Browning, Katie-Jo Luxton, Lord Benyon, Daniel Zeichner, Stuart Roberts

After a scene-setting by Katie-Jo Luxton, RSPB Director for Global Conservation, three political figures – Rt Hon Lord Benyon (Con), Daniel Zeichner MP (Lab) and Stuart Roberts (Lib Dem) – gave their views of the way forward. Again, there was a consensus, with the panel reassuring those in the room that whatever the outcome in the general election, the road towards Net Zero will accelerate not deviate.

Measure to manage

Daniel discussed the importance of establishing baselines for measuring progress and to ensure that the community is doing the right things in the best way. He stressed the importance of a Land Use Framework that would build consensus on how land use is optimised.

The panel also discussed the need for trade deals that did not allow UK farmers striving for high standards in animal welfare and environmental stewardship to be undercut by overseas competitors operating in a less regulated landscape.


A number of Agri-TechE members were exhibiting at Groundswell, including:

Rothamsted Research encouraged visitors to test the ‘Cow Burpometer’ to understand more about methane emissions.
On the Barenbrug display plots there was an opportunity to see grass, forage and herbal leys.
NIAB’s trial plots demonstrated a range of novel crops that could support diversification.
Hutchinsons soil pit demonstrated clearly how shallow the top soil is on this part of the farm. Soil and cost mapping provides support for decision-making.
Groundswell 2023

Groundswell 2023 well supported by members

Meet the Network
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The Groundswell Festival was set up by farmers with an interest in regenerative farming when it was considered very ‘alternative’.

Many of the ideas around diversification and soil health have now become more widely accepted and The Groundswell Festival has broadened its appeal. (See an update here)

There will be a good attendance by Agri-TechE members within the exhibition and NIAB and Barenbrug are festival partners.

Members exhibiting at Groundswell 2023 include:

Groundswell 2023 is taking place on 28 – 29 June 2023 at Lannock Manor Farm, Hertfordshire, UK.

Find out more about Groundswell at groundswellag.com.

Agri-TechE hosted an innovation insights session in 2022 – see some of the highlights in the video below:

Take a look at some photos from Groundswell Festival 2022

All images courtesy of Groundswell

Taster of Agri-TechE events for 2023

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We are planning our events schedule for 2023, so this is a sneak preview of what is coming up. It is all subject to change so check our events section for the final format. 

January – Space-Tech meets Agri-Tech 

satellite

Precision agriculture depends on accurate positioning using a combination of satellite technologies, but this is just one of a number of applications on farm. Others include asset tracking of equipment and livestock; yield mapping from satellite imagery and enhanced connectivity for sensors and monitors. We will have farmers talking about the benefits on the ground and the Satellite Applications Catapult outlining the potential for the future.

Water February – Water Innovation for Agriculture

Smart water use will be increasingly important, both to supply water during a drought and mitigation during a flood. This event concentrates on the technology solutions that are emerging to improve management of this valuable resource.

February – Novel Crops for Rotation

Hazelnut

NIAB has recently reviewed little-grown crops to assess their potential as economic and environmental conditions change and consumer tastes evolve – would you consider growing chickpeas or triticale (a wheat hybrid), apricots, haskup (a superberry) or hazelnuts (a dairy alternative)? In parallel, BBSRC set a challenge for innovators to come up with new crops for the arable rotation, there will be an opportunity to see what they came up with.  Find out more at this lively event.

dataMarch – Data Readiness for Farmers

If you are struggling to get all your systems to talk to each other and then to make sense of what they say – then this is the event for you. We will have farmers who have found ways to extract greater value from their data and information analysts to give practical advice on how you can move forward.

May – Focus on Funding 2023 – attracting a crowd

calculator

A number of Agri-TechE members – including Drone Ag, LettusGrow and Small Robot Company – have achieved success with crowd funding. The benefit is that often it is potential end-users of your technology that invest and they can play an important role in piloting and co-development of the technology, service or product. At the event we will be hearing from financial experts and agri-tech businesses about the learning points of crowd funding and also alternative sources of funding that might be more appropriate for you.

tractor loaderSeptember – Ag 101 – an introduction to the sector

For those new to the agri-food sector there is a lot to learn. In this one-day event experts from different points in the value-chain provide a snap-shot of their challenges and interests and the developing discussion widens to include participants from the floor. The sum is an interesting and highly informative insight into the agri-tech ecosystem and introduction to a supportive network of contacts.

globeSeptember – Around the world with Agri-TechE

The membership of Agri-TechE is increasingly international. There are also similar clusters of agri-tech in other countries. At this week of online events we will be going around the world to find out what they are interested in and where collaborations and opportunities exist of mutual benefit.

November – REAP 

As part of the 10th annual Agri-Tech Week (6-10 November 2023) Agri-TechE’s flagship conference will celebrate its own 10th anniversary on Wednesday 8 November and evolve once more, to provide foresight of emerging trends.