• Cyber Towers, Hyderabad

    Apps, agriculture and Asia

    Innovation isn’t incremental – it can leap-frog existing technology or come from an unexpected angle.

    One of the conclusions of our report launched at the House of Lords this month is that putting people together from different world’s can spark ideas that solve problems.  But this needs an openness on both sides to new thinking and also the ability of a facilitator to frame the questions appropriately.

  • And the agri-tech award goes to...

    And the award goes to…

    “It is deeply satisfying to win a prize in front of a lot of people” said Wilbur, the pig in children’s novel Charlotte’s Web, on winning a ribbon at the…

  • How would you invest in the future of agriculture?

    How would you invest in the future of agriculture?

    Soil health came out top choice as a research priority in our straw poll of visitors to the Innovation Hub. Amid the creation of the new UK Research and Innovation…

  • International agriculture - UK is open for business on a global scale

    UK is open for business on a global scale

    July traditionally sees preparations underway for cereal and some vegetable harvests for farmers, and for overseas travel as scientists attend conferences to share research progress with international colleagues. Engaging with…

  • Wanted - unicorns, gorillas and gazelles to transform UK agriculture and horticulture

    Unicorns, gorillas and gazelles wanted to transform UK agriculture and horticulture

    No, it’s not a new form of diversified livestock management – unicorns, gorillas and gazelles are terms used to describe businesses in various stages of growth and success. The final…

  • Recycling and reducing water use for agriculture

    Recycling and reducing water use for agriculture

    “Water is to me, I confess, a phenomenon which continually awakens new feelings of wonder as often as I view it,” said British Scientist Michael Faraday (1791-1867), inventor of the…

  • Smarter farming and connected farmers

    A striking feature of the recent member ‘give and get exchange’ was the willingness of the growers to get involved in trials and be first adopters for technologies that might…

  • Putting agri-tech at the heart of gov strategy

    With phrases such as “productivity gap,” “reliance on flow of migrant labour” and “shortage of technical level skills”, one might think the recently published Green Paper (“Building Our Industrial Strategy”)…

  • This month we’re thinking about healthy eating, inspired by our February event “Delicious and Nutritious”

    Tasty, appealing and nutritious

    ‘We are what we eat’ is an old saying, but still rings true. As knowledge about how the body uses this vital fuel grows, the importance of making our crops both…

  • Funding for agri-tech

    Show us the money!

    Blue Monday is the 16th January, said to be when the impact of the festive excesses hits home. So this month we’re trying to think positively about what money is…