Exploring the value of emerging technologies for agriculture

Posted on: 13/02/2018

Agri-Tech East is hosting events throughout the year bringing together farmers and growers with scientists, technologists and entrepreneurs.


The East of England is sometimes been referred to as Britain‚Äôs 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.

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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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