Reward farmers for Natural Capital, says Andrew Blenkiron ahead of Agri-Tech East's REAP conference 2017

Reward farmers for building soil fertility, says Andrew Blenkiron

“We need to go back to how my grandfather farmed, but using modern science,” says Andrew Blenkiron, Estate Director at Euston Estate, Suffolk. He is scheduled to speak at this year’s REAP conference on 7 November, which will focus on how best practice can be enhanced by emerging agri-tech.

“To run environmental schemes is quite a challenge to fit in with the farming side of things, so there should be a reward or enhanced compensation” says Andrew. “However, the complexity of how we are going to calculate that is quite a challenge.”

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Agri-tech news update

  • Environment Secretary to explore future of farming at Royal Norfolk Show

    Published: 28 June, 2017

    We welcomed Environment Secretary Michael Gove to the Innovation Hub on Stand 271 to meet with researchers and businesses and find out more about the latest research and emerging agricultural technologies.

    From a ‘FitBit for cows’ that provides real time information on the health of a herd, to a demonstration of how ‘agrimetrics’ data can support farmers and boost food production, pioneering agricultural technology (agri-tech) on display at the show could provide new opportunities for East Anglia’s farmers.

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  • Feeding the future: Innovation Hub at Royal Norfolk Show

    Published: 27 June, 2017

    Our natural resources of light, water and soil are finite but with smart technology we can make them go further. The Innovation Hub (Stand 271) at the Royal Norfolk Show…

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  • GROW winners announced

    Published: 25 June, 2017

    And the winner of GROW agri-tech business plan competition is….. Farming Data. A mobile trading platform that could lift subsistence farmers out of poverty was the judges choice. For the first time…

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  • Farming Data supports subsistence farmers in creating market for surplus

    Published: 24 June, 2017

    Smallholder farmers grow 80 per cent of the food produced in East Africa. A third are women, heading up a household of the old and young. If a surplus could…

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  • Soil moisture sensor breakthrough paves way for smart irrigation

    Published: 23 June, 2017

    An aerial soil moisture sensor that can provide a detailed map of the water status of a whole field in minutes is being developed by Bristol based SoilSense. The early…

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  • Agronomex makes selling edible waste profitable

    Published: 19 June, 2017

    Fresh vegetables that are surplus to orders are frequently left to rot in the field, as the cost of harvesting without a known buyer is too great. Concern about this…

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