Exploring the value of emerging technologies for agriculture
Posted on 13/02/2018
The East of England is sometimes been referred to as Britain’s breadbasket, with approximately three-quarters of the land in the region used for agriculture. Its climate, landscape and fertile soils are ideally suited for growing a variety of crops – from cereals to fruit, from peas to salads. Pig and poultry production also play a major role in the region’s agricultural tapestry. Overall, the East of England provides fertile ground not just for food production, but also for the growth of innovation in agricultural technologies.
Agri-Tech East is an independent, business-focused cluster organisation which aims to improve the international competitiveness and sustainability of agriculture and horticulture by acting as a catalyst to accelerate the transfer of knowledge from lab to field. Through its programme of events it brings together farmers and growers with scientists, technologists and entrepreneurs.
A selection of forthcoming Agri-Tech East events are listed below. You can find out more about Agri-Tech East here.
Smart Farming: The ‘AI’m of Machine-to-Machine Learning in Agriculture
Tuesday, 20th February, The Sainsbury Laboratory, 47 Bateman Street, Cambridge, CB2 1LR
Can machines be taught to spot diseased crops and weeds and take action to solve the problem? So-called machine learning is already being used to spot patterns and make decisions – in fraud detection, advertising and self-driving vehicles. This event will look at ways of bringing high-tech machine learning and artificial intelligence onto the farm to add value to experience and agronomy. Find out more.
Young Innovators’ Forum: NIAB Eastern Agri-Tech Innovation Hub
Thursday, 22 February 2018, Innovation Hub, Hasse Fen Road, Soham, Cambridgeshire, CB7 5UW
Protein from insects, growing veg on the roof, ultrasonics to create antibiotics from plants – take a look at new directions for agri-tech innovation with a visit to NIAB at their Eastern Agri-Tech Innovation Hub. Find out more.
Finding the Funding – The Research and Business Guide to Smart Agri-Tech Finance
Thursday, 22 March 2018, King’s Lynn Innovation Centre, Innovation Drive, King’s Lynn, PE30 5BY
Funding is complex so AgriTech East will sign-post the best opportunities for Agri-Tech in this event. Together with Smart-AKIS they will demystify the process by presenting and discussing the different routes and providing insider tips. Find out more.
AgriScience YIF Conference 2018: Leading Change Through Innovation
Friday, 23 March 2018, The Morley Agricultural Foundation, Wymondham, NR18 9DF
Leading Change Through Innovation – Tackling the challenges and opportunities of the next decade, is the theme for the AgriTech East 2018 Young Innovators Forum conference. Find out more.
>sudo : grow hackathon
Saturday 7th – Sunday 8th April, 2018, Future Business Centre, Cambridge CB4 2HY
The organisers have invited industry experts to frame some big challenges – growing more on a smaller environmental footprint, balancing livestock performance with wellbeing, crop protection in a post-chemical world – and challenging teams to come up with solutions in an agri-hackathon. Find out more.
Trust, Provenance and Blockchain – impacts and opportunities for agriculture
Tuesday, 24 April 2018, The Sainsbury Laboratory, University of Cambridge, Bateman Street, Cambridge CB2 1LR
Blockchain and cryptocurrencies such as Bitcoin are, according to reports, poised to transform the financial industry, providing a secure global footprint of transactions and records. How could blockchain technologies help farmers and growers cut down on red tape, make record keeping easier and help them demonstrate regulatory compliance, audit trails and food provenance? Find out more.
If you would like to discuss opportunities for innovation in agri-food you can contact KTN’s Agri-Food Team.
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You may also wish to find out more about the following KTN events:
Innovate UK in the East of England 2018 (AgriTech session) – 27 February, Ipswich
East Midlands Innovation – Leicester Innovation Week – Food and Drink Focus – 28 February, Leicester
Food Industry Innovation 2018 – 7 March, Manchester
Driving engagement, innovation and impact in plant science – 27 March 2018, Sheffield