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The REAP Start-Up Showcase – where are they now?

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Each year we handpick some of the most exciting early-stage agri-tech companies to take part in the REAP Start-up Showcase.

While not all of these disruptive technologies will reach the market, a high proportion of those featured at REAP are making good progress. Fourteen of the companies featured have raised over £120M in the last three years and others are making waves across the industry. Find out more below.

Casey Woodward, AgriSound

AgriSound provides beekeepers with a range of solutions to enable remote management of hives. It presented at COP26, has raised £250K and is deploying 1 million sensors.

Appeared in 2021.

Howard Wu, founder of Antobot

Antobot is developing small, intelligent, affordable robotics for sustainable agriculture; it secured £1.2M in seed funding in 2020.

Appeared in 2020.

Better Origin at REAP 2015

Better Origin has developed the world’s first autonomous insect mini-farm. It uses insects to create protein for animal feed from food waste. The company raised $16M in 2022.

Appeared in 2015.

Ian Wheal, Breedr, in the REAP 2018 Start-Up Showcase

Breedr is a productivity and marketing platform that allow farmers to track everything about their animals to improve animal welfare and profitability. It raised $15.8M in 2022.

Appeared in 2018.

Dogtooth at REAP

Dogtooth is developing intelligent robots for soft fruit picking. It raised £7M in a Series A funding round in 2021.

Appeared in 2016.

Ilan Adler, EcoNomad, at REAP 2019

EcoNomad Solutions offers an affordable waste to energy solution for smallholder farmers. Its technology uses bacteria to generate biogas. It has raised funding through SHAKE.

Appeared in 2019.

fieldmargin at REAPO 2015

fieldmargin is an innovative farm mapping software helping farmers to make more informed day-to-day decisions. Its product is used by thousands of farms across 170 countries.

Appeared in 2015.

SoSeRaH - Fieldwork Robotics (c)

Fieldwork Robotics has developed soft, selective, and autonomous raspberry-harvesting robots. Their Seedrs campaign in May 2023 raised £1.1M.

Appeared in 2021.

Ed Fuchs, FOLIUM Science, at REAP 2018

FOLIUM Science‘s Guided Biotics® technology supports a healthy microbiome – in plants and livestock. It gained UKRI funding for a collaborative project to control Pseudomonas and boost yield in tomatoes.

Appeared in 2018.

Fotenix

FOTENIX Technology offers cost-effective crop analysis in the field. It has partnered with major robotics manufacturers and was selected for Tesco Agri T-Jam in 2020.

Appeared in 2019.

FungiAlert at REAP 2016

FA-Bio (previously FungiAlert) based at Rothamsted, created SporSenZ a tool for soil microbial analysis. They have deployed 2600 units across the world. FA-Bio were awarded funding from the Farming Innovation Programme in June 2023 to develop a biopesticide using native soil and plant inhabiting fungi.

Appeared in 2016.

Gardin optical phenotyping

Gardin‘s UL listed Phenotyping Sensor device provides early indication of plant stress through analysing photosynthetic performance in greenhouses and vertical farms. It raised $1.2M in pre-seed funding in 2021 and £8.15M in seed funding for its optical sensors.

Appeared in 2021.

Rob Sanders, Glas Data, at REAP 2019

GLAS Data offers a easy-to-use data collection and benchmarking platform for use in the field. It has raised £141K to further develop its products.

Appeared in 2019

Liam Dolan, MoA Technology, at REAP 2019

MOA Technology is a plant genetics company spun out from the University of Oxford. It’s 2020 Series B round closed on $44M.

Appeared in 2019.

PBD Biotech at REAP 2016

PBD Biotech has developed an Actiphage® diagnostics kit for the rapid, sensitive blood/milk testing for bovine TB and Johne’s Disease. It has raised over £2M and launched a commercial Johne’s Disease testing service. In January 2023 it refocused efforts on Human TB.

Appeared in 2016.

Daniel Bahia, PheroSyn (web)

PheroSyn develops and produces novel pest pheromones. It raised a £200K Innovate UK grant in 2021, embarked on a 36-month collaboration project with Rothamsted Research in 2022. And in 2023, they won the Radicle Inclusion Challenge securing a USD $750,000 investment.

Appeared in 2020.

YAGRO Co-founder Gareth Davies presents at REAP 2015

Yagro uses data analytics to improve business decisions, aggregating on-farm data to provide detail and insight into current and historical performance. In 2021, Yagro joined the Frontier Group and in 2023 they launched Yagro Tracker for live tracking of costs and sales.

Appeared in 2015.

Zelp aims to significantly reduce environmental impacts of livestock industry via their methane-targeting wearables for cattle. It raised $10M Series A funding in 2021.

Appeared in 2019.

We are keeping the line-up for the 2023 Start-Up Showcase companies under wraps until REAP 2023 – join us live on 8 November to find out who will be the next big players in agri-tech.


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REAP Conference 2023:
Adaptation Through Innovation; Beyond the Comfort Zone

Wednesday 8th November, 9:30 am – 6:30 pm
Rowley Mile Conference Centre, Newmarket

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Making Sense of Agriculture – REAP 2022 report launched

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REAP report 2022 coverThis year’s REAP Conference explored how the meeting of real and virtual worlds is creating a new generation of technologies that are ‘making sense of agriculture’ and can provide the intelligence needed to take the best action on-farm. In the conference report we aim to capture some of the discussion from this vibrant event.

There are so many variables in agriculture, with profitability impacted by everything from the nutrients in the soil through to extreme weather events. Some factors are controllable, many are not, but informed decisions can mitigate risk – and the digital world is facilitating this.

The role of advanced sensors and tools for modelling, forecasting and scenario planning – including digital twins – were all discussed by farmers, technologists, researchers and others with a passion for turning challenges into opportunities for the agri-food industry.

This report aims to capture some of the highlights.

Read and download the report now!

 

 

AF Bursary encourages farmers and students to participate in REAP

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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. AF has seen farming businesses adopt more and more technology, Tom Carter, Head of Membership & Marketing says that the organisation is pleased to work closely with Agri-TechE to help them build a hub of global innovation.
Tom 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.”
Some of the beneficiaries of the bursary are grateful for the chance to participate in the conference. Tom Pearson, Farmer, Manor Farm, Caxton, Cambs comments: “Our farm has long term goals of sustaining and eventually increasing output while maximising biodiversity, carbon sequestration and net zero farming. We are always on the look-out for incremental and game changing technology that helps us reach that goal. Hearing from current start-ups in AgTech and farmer-led projects helps us to be early adopters and know how to act now to adapt our business to accommodate these new technologies and practices.”
Robert Gemmill, Farmer, Sayers Farm, Essex agrees, “being a small arable farmer in Essex, growing a small range of crops using traditional cultivation and drilling methods, the REAP conference will hopefully stimulate new thinking to progress the farm and business in the future.”
Like many of the events in Agri-Tech Week, REAP offers BASIS points and this endorses its educational value, which is appreciated by Seamus Kelly, Tractor Driver, Besthorpe, Norfolk whom comments:  “Innovation is important in a future career because its more about implementing solutions instead of working around our problems hoping they will go away on their own. I am attending the conference to update my knowledge and information with the view to make valuable contributions to our agriculture based projects.
Jessica Nuboer, Master Student, Wageningen University, The Netherlands comments: “I am keen to learn more about regenerative agricultural practices and its relation to conventional norms. As an industry, I believe agribusiness needs to heal topsoil, prevent chemical runoff and pollution of freshwater resources, and practice responsible agriculture. I believe that by attending the REAP conference, I will gain the relevant knowledge and networking opportunities to support my future.”
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How to increase farmer adoption of new innovations

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“How can we increase farmer adoption of new innovations?” A question that continues to challenge policy-makers, technology developers and the research community, and probably the one the Agri-TechE team is asked most often. So why are there no easy answers to this seemingly simple question?

Belinda Clarke - introduction to REAP 2020 farmer adoption of new innovation
The year REAP 2020 is looking at managing across the levels from micro-scale to landscape and the technology that is needed to do this.

Dr Belinda Clarke Director of Agri-TechE says that there is significant appetite among farmers for new and improved tools, products and services to help reduce costs, enhance outputs and increase sustainability, and there is certainly no shortage of companies developing novel solutions.
However, as she comments: “As we have learned over the years, it’s more complicated than just a simple introduction between developer and farmer and expecting magic to happen.
“The inability to accurately predict a return on investment in new technologies, issues of trust in new technologies, and the lack of clarity about which will become the “gold standard” solutions are all barriers to adoption.
“Add in the lack of inter-operability of some new tech with existing systems, and the barriers to adoption start to stack-up.”

Creating an innovation ecosystem

To help overcome this situation Agri-TechE ( or Agri-Tech East as it was known) started to bring bring farmers together with researchers and technologists to gain mutual understanding of these types of issue.
Back in 2014, the big issue was a lack of understanding about what farmers wanted and needed in terms of new solutions and the research and innovation communities were eager for audiences with farmers to learn about their challenges, to help inform future development in line with the needs of the industry.  So the first REAP conference contained a “Producers’ Panel” designed to provide a platform for farmers to describe their challenges.
This started to create a forum for innovation that placed the end users of the technology at the centre of its development.  It has been interesting to see over recent years how collaborations between farmers and technologist have evolved.  In addition, how the technologies have changed from point solutions to a particular issue to platforms that support decision-making.
It has become clearer that a more systems approach is required that looks at the interconnections and the ‘big picture’ as well as the minutiae.
At REAP 2020 a number of entrepreneurs that have appeared in previous Start-Up Showcase sessions at the conference have returned with their farmer collaborators to give two perspectives on how the farmer-tech relationship started, grew and any tips for ensuring a successful outcome to adoption of the new tool, product or service.

Precision livestock production

George Fell, a Yorkshire beef farmer, has formed a very successful integrated supply chain with a local calf rearer and a finisher, all underpinned by the Breedr app, which tracks the performance of each animal, revolutionising the way that livestock is produced and traded.

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Ian Wheal founder of Breedr

The beef industry has been singled out in recent years for its impact on greenhouse gas production, so agri-tech that enables the industry to increase its productivity while reducing its methane production is to be welcomed. Breedr has worked closely with all players in the value chain to improve the consistency and quality of meat.
George says, “Since the start of the year we’ve sold all our cattle through Breedr – it’s all worked seamlessly, it’s an easy system, we’ve been paid promptly, and it’s working well.”
He will be talking at REAP about his experiences of working with Breedr.
Another beef farmer Ian Sturmer, one of the first to trial the Breedr app, agrees: “With Breedr we are able to have a more powerful complete supply chain analysis, from the dairy farm right the way through to consumption. If we are going to have a vibrant beef sector in the UK and take advantage of the many export opportunities, I think it’s of paramount importance that we try.”

Precision fruit production

Farmer technology Tom Hulme Outfield
Tom Hulme has worked closely with Outfield

Precision measurement is available too in horticulture. Outfield is an orchard management platform that provides growers with yield estimates for fruit counting based on drone imagery. Growers are set up with their own low cost, off-the-shelf drone systems, and Outfield supports them to autonomously capture pictures of the orchard.
Jim McDougall, Commercial Director of Outfield Technologies, explains that there can be a three-fold difference between fruit production on neighbouring trees in an orchard. “
At the moment, in an orchard of 5000 trees, growers count the fruit on around ten – with outfield we add the remaining 4,990 trees to the count; creating an accurate yield map.”
One satisfied user of the Outfield system is Tom Hulme, Director of A.C. Hulme & Sons, a family run farming business of over half a million apple and fruit trees and has won the East Kent Fruit Society best orchard award 2 out of the last 3 years, he will be talking about the use of Outfield and its applications for fruit sizing, disease detection and orchard maintenance.

Precision crop protection

Arable, based in California, has developed a portable weatherstation, Arable Mark 2, which provides localised weather and plant health status in real time via a mobile phone. The company is presenting with one of its US clients and vineyard owner Will Drayton.
In the UK Arable has partnered with xarvio in the UK to combine its hyper-local crop and weather data with xarvio’s powerful crop production optimisation, to support more precise in-field decisions.  Xarvio is taking part in the TechHub at this year’s REAP and previewed its xarvio Field Manager at REAP 2019.

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David Hurn, a fenland farmer has worked with Arable and xarvio

One of the UK users is David Hurn, a fenland farmer based near Kings Lynn, he says that precision farming is the future: “As a smaller farmer – having average yields isn’t going to cut it. We need to be at the top of our game, all the time, or we won’t be here.
“I have been very impressed with the Arable weather station and the Arable team. It is a simple system, very easy to set-up and move between fields. It is compatible with the PC and my phone, you don’t need anything complicated to log in or subscribe to and I can share the information from the webpage with my Agronomist.
“Being linked to the xarvio software is very useful, the localised weather data from the Arable Mark ensures the best accuracy from the growth stage and disease modelling in Field Manager. We can then see the spraying windows around that.
“I have found the modelling pretty accurate – it only needs tweaking occasionally, as it uses machine learning. With all the users providing input it will get better and better. “This is the sort of feedback we are giving to xarvio and to Arable Labs and they are responsive. You need to feedback both ways – not just on the problems but also when things are good.

Increase farmer adoption of new innovations

“In a previous blog we have talked about ensuring a win-win situation between farmers and technology developers. And now we will hear first-hand from those who have made it work
“Working closely with farmers can provide mutual benefit,  but relationship management is an under-appreciated skill.  This Farmer Tech session will provide some interesting insights into how this can be achieved ” says Belinda.
“While there are successful examples, we know as an industry we aren’t there yet with seamless adoption of new agri-tech innovations. But by learning from those who have done it, we might just learn how to do it better.”
Arable, Outfield and Breedr will all be available at REAP 2020 for 1-2-1 chats and are looking forward to discussing collaborations with farmers or industry members at REAP 10th November 2020.

Air-seq: using DNA sequencing to provide early warning of airborne crop disease – Richard Leggett

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Richard Leggett

Leader of the Technology Algorithms Group, Earlham Institute

“Airborne crop diseases are responsible for devastating loss of yield and over-reliance on pesticides. Current detection regimes often rely on expert identification of the pathogen from plant damage. Together with collaborators, we have developed Air-seq, a new approach that seeks to identify pathogens through sequencing of biological material present in the air.”

Richard Leggett

The Emerging Agri-Tech session at REAP 2020 is kindly sponsored by EIT Food.

We want to do business say the Dutch at REAP

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‘We are still neighbours, despite the sea and Brexit, we want to do business with you,’ is the strong message coming from Oost NL (regional development agency East Netherlands and the province of Drenthe) in the Netherlands. A delegation of Dutch agri-food businesses are participating in the Tech Hub of Agri-TechE’s Virtual REAP conference. Remco Lucassen, Director of Trade Development at Oost NL, and Michiel van Deursen, Projects Director of the Netherlands British Chamber of Commerce (NBCC, the “delivery partner” of this initiative), both say there is a strong appetite among farmers and agri-tech companies and researchers from both Wageningen University & Research and Technical University Twente and ‘Foodvalley’ region of East Netherlands to build links that transcend the political discussions.
Remco (Oost NL) says: “Businesses want to work with companies in the UK and we see participation in REAP as a good platform for this. With so much uncertainty at the current time it is even more important to build up personal links and trust for future cooperation.”
Oost NL, NBCC and the companies participating in this trade mission will present themselves in a kick-off meeting scheduled for 9 November following which the Tech Hub offers organisations an opportunity to have a virtual booth and for delegates to the conference to set up one-on-one meetings with each other and the exhibitors on 10 November.

AI matching 

Dr Belinda Clarke, director of Agri-TechE, and her team will be facilitating these meetings based on their knowledge of the industry, supported by an AI matching service.
Belinda says historically there are strong links between the Netherlands and the UK and the online conference potentially makes it easier for individuals to make connections. “Oost Netherlands is home to many innovative agrifood companies, offering mutually beneficial opportunities.
“By building links with centres of Agri-tech innovation worldwide we are creating mutually beneficial relationships. For early stage technology companies overseas expansion can be time-consuming and risky. By creating an environment where insiders introduce them to the ecosystem reduces these barriers. Our farmer members can also benefit from sharing best-practice and export opportunities.”
Companies coming to REAP from the Netherlands include:

  • Agriprogress, which offers support for sales channel development through its existing networks in the EU and Eastern Europe.
  • AgriWatch offering geospatial services for Smart Farming
  • Amstel Agro, developing novel fertilisers based on soluble silicon
  • Huizing Harvest a company offering technical outsourcing in the agricultural industry and
  • Kubota who are looking for investment opportunities and identifying agricultural challenges which require innovations.

Also Oost NL and NBCC will be joining the companies at REAP and will be available on the day to speak to UK organisations/companies who are looking for information/support concerning the market in the Netherlands or further afield.

Balancing the conflicting demands on farmers and farming systems – Jonathan Storkey

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Jonathan Storkey

Principal Research Scientist, Agroecology Department, Rothamsted Research

“Life used to be simple, farmers were paid to grow food – now they are also expected to store carbon and deliver biodiversity all against the background of an ever depleting armoury of chemical crop protection products. Could a systems based approach that integrates technology with nature be the solution?”

Jonathan Storkey

The Emerging Agri-Tech session at REAP 2020 is kindly sponsored by EIT Food.

Soil glue: a microbial perspective – Tom Wilkes

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Tom Wilkes

Post-graduate researcher, University of Hertfordshire

“Microscopic fungi provide the glue that helps to improve soil aggregates; a better understanding of the role of glycoproteins, the soil glue, could provide insights into improving soil resilience and structure, as well as reduce soil erosion. The question is, how does tillage impact this glue?”

Tom Wilkes

The Emerging Agri-Tech session at REAP 2020 is kindly sponsored by EIT Food.

Soils – Dirt with Life in It! – Alex Dumbrell

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Alex Dumbrell

Professor in the School of Biological Sciences, University of Essex

“In which order should crops be rotated to get the best outcome, and why? The answers were hidden in the soil, but are finally being revealed with forensic technologies such as DNA Barcoding. It offers unprecedented insights into the fungi and bacterial communities that have such a huge impact on crop growth and yield. Now is the time to finally find out what is happening beneath your feet.”

Alex Dumbrell

The Emerging Agri-Tech session at REAP 2020 is kindly sponsored by EIT Food.

Sustainable solutions for global food security – Giles Oldroyd

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Giles Oldroyd

Professor and Leader of the Crop Science Centre

“We are entering a golden era of crop science – basic science has given us insights into how plants grow and defend themselves against disease and stress and we now have a tool box to improve these traits – the explosive next step in the journey will be to replace chemical inputs with biological solutions.”

Giles Oldroyd

The Emerging Agri-Tech session at REAP 2020 is kindly sponsored by EIT Food.

60 Harvests Left: Debunking the Myth – Daniel Evans

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Daniel Evans

75th Anniversary Research Fellow, Cranfield Soil and Agrifood Institute

“Headlines suggest the world’s topsoil could be gone in 60 years, but does the evidence support these claims? For the first time, a global study has assessed soil lifespans, revealing the urgency needed to combat soil thinning. While most soils are thinning, some soil conservation practices are bucking the trend.”

Dan Evans

The Emerging Agri-Tech session at REAP 2020 is kindly sponsored by EIT Food.

East Netherlands’ ‘Foodvalley’ comes to REAP

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The East Netherlands, home to the Wageningen UR-Foodvalley Region of the Netherlands, will have a presence at REAP. Oost NL, the East Netherlands Development Agency, has joined Agri-TechE as a member and is keen to develop stronger relations with the UK agri-tech community by bringing a delegation to REAP 2020.  The day before there will be a webinar “Meet the Dutch’ to introduce the team from Oost NL  9th November. Remco Lucassen, Trade Development Adviser at Oost NL, comments: “Agri-TechE membership was brought to our attention by one of the partners we work with in Norwich.
“As there is much to be gained for both regions from our cooperation, we are happy to be a member.
“East Anglia, in particular, is a region with a long agricultural history and very strong agro sector and we can bring expertise from, for example, Wageningen University and the agri-tech ecosystem from our region and connect the members of Agri-TechE to our region.” The East Netherlands attaches high value to relations with the UK. Marloes de Goeijen works as advisor new business UK at Oost NL.
She adds: “Hopefully, we can add synergy by acting on behalf of our region and co-create with Agri-TechE to foster new partnerships and innovative events.”

International scope

For Agri-TechE the membership of Oost NL strengthens further its international bridge building, as director Dr Belinda Clarke explains:
“By building links with centres of Agri-tech innovation worldwide we are creating mutually beneficial relationships.  For early stage technology companies overseas expansion can be time-consuming and risky. By creating an environment where insiders introduce them to the ecosystem reduces these barriers. Our farmer members can also benefit from sharing best-practice and export opportunities.” The Wageningen UR-Foodvalley Region in the Netherlands is a primary knowledge-intensive agrifood ecosystem, characterized by many world-class innovative agrifood and food-related solutions and by cooperation between companies, knowledge institutions, education, and governments. Remco continues: “In this area you will find the largest concentration of innovative agrifood organisations. The collaboration possibilities between organisations, the availability of talent and the presence of Wageningen University & Research, has made the region the ‘place to be’ for innovative agrifood companies.”
The East Netherlands has particular strengths in:

  • Agtech and innovation: stimulated by Wageningen University and the ecosystem that’s in place to accelerate innovations
  • AgriTech Solutions: the University Twente
  • Poultry related industry: Barneveld is the poultry capital of the Netherlands
  • Animal Feed: large feed companies like De Heus, Agrifirm and ForFarmers are present
  • Veal industry and processing of meat and food
  • Fruit growing industry: Betuwe
  • Food logistics
  • Alternative proteins: there is a large concentration of companies active in plant based/ alternative proteins / Meat replacers such as Vivera, Beyond Meat, Ojah, Unilever.

Meet Wageningen UR-Foodvalley Region organisations at REAP 2020

Ahead of the REAP conference, REAP conference, Marloes will present an overview of East Netherlands and the agri sector and highlight the services available for British companies that are interested in European expansion (see details below about the webinar.)
We’re delighted to announce that the following businesses from the Netherlands will be exhibiting at REAP. All are particularly keen to connect with other REAP attendees and exhibitors and are looking forward to welcoming visitors to their digital booths. If you would like to schedule a meeting at the conference with any of the businesses listed below, please contact Alex Dinsdale.
AgriProgress supplies consultancy, training, and interim management to support businesses looking to develop into European maerkets. They are looking to meet UK companies exploring these markets, in particular, those involved in precision agriculture, soil sensors and robotic machinery and equipment.
AgriWatch BV supplies geospatial services for precision agriculture, based around affordable remote sensing and data acquisition, to help its customers make better decisions. They would be keen to speak to UK farmer & grower businesses interested in learning more about the opportunities offered by remote sensing, and businesses which provide technical support services to farm businesses.
Amstel Agro manufactures fertiliser products which provide, and improve uptake by plants of, silicon and silicon compounds, for better crop development, improved resilience and higher yields. They’re interested in talking to both UK agro-chemical distributors and end-users, in particular businesses growing tomatoes, apples and roses.
Drone4Agro supplies drones with extra-large payloads of up to 500kg, for use in irrigation & spraying. Controlled using GPS, the drones automatically take off, fly and spray crops with 2 cm accuracy. They’re keen to speak to farmers & growers who are interested in automated and targeted watering and chemical application (including fertiliser), for example on inaccessible land inaccessible such as slopes, orchards and wet ground.
Huizing Harvest BV offers technical support, operator training, harvest optimization, equipment checks, installation of machines and machinery modifications to machinery businesses establishing operations in new geographies. They are looking to meet manufacturers and exporters of agricultural machinery and equipment who are looking for HR support in other markets (service engineers, installation specialists etc).
Kubota Innovation Center Europe focuses on the creation of new business ventures, products, and services in agriculture. The Center acts as a venture arm of the Group and invests in promising agri-tech start-ups & advanced technologies, with a focus on specialty crops including fruit, vegetables & wine, as well as in hay & forage automation. They’re really keen to speak to agri-tech start-ups and early-stage businesses looking to expand in Europe, as well as those seeking investment. It is also seeking collaboration opportunities with existing businesses.
RMA BV provides decision-support for irrigation and crop protection in arable, vegetable and fruit crops. The company employs a range of sensors, related software, forecasting, disease models and agronomic advice to support growers in managing irrigation and controlling disease & pests. RMA BV would like to speak to farmers & growers, and companies providing technical & agronomic services to farming businesses.
You’ll be able to ‘swing by for a chat’ the digital booths of these exhibitors on the day itself but if you’d like to schedule a meeting in advance please contact Alex Dinsdale

Webinar – Meet the Dutch – 9th November 

You can find out more about opportunities, and the agri-tech sector in the Netherlands at a webinar on Monday 9th of November, 10am – 11.30 GMT. You’ll get to hear from various guest speakers at the Royal Netherlands Embassy in London, and the Dutch mission delegates (described above) will also be presented. The webinar is free to attend and will be run via MS Teams. Click here to register by email.

  • Opening  – Michiel van Deursen, NBCC
  • Presentation about the East Netherlands Region – Marloes de Goeijen, Oost NL
  • Opportunities for Dutch and UK companies –  Bas Harbers, Agricultural advisor Dutch embassy London
  • Introduction Dutch Trade Mission Participants –  Michiel van Deursen – NBCC
  • Supporting words –  Andrew Wood, Dutch Honorary Consul in East Anglia
  • Practical information and Q&A  – Michiel Martijn, NBCC/Oost NL

For more information and to reserve your place, click here to register by email.