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Looking forward

As the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs commented at the Oxford Farming Conference last week “…if we want to preserve that which we cherish – a thriving agricultural sector, a healthy rural economy, beautiful landscapes, rich habitats for wildlife, a just society and fair economy – then we need to be able to shape change rather than seeking to resist it.”

We start the year with a Pollinator that aims to help farmers understand how to cost and value – in financial terms – the natural capital assets they have and also the contextual specificity of the land use.  For example, would a reservoir in dry Norfolk be “worth” more than one on the Somerset Levels which is prone to flooding? And how can a farmer assign a real financial value to the benefits, both to the environment and the business, to that asset? Similarly wildflower margins that encourage pollinating insects – what quantified benefits can be seen for crop yield?

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Agri-tech news update

  • From Worms to Blockchain, and Crop Stress to Artificial Intelligence

    Published: 18 December, 2017

    Jargon used by technologists can be an obstacle to its adoption, so we are busting it this year by selecting the most relevant of the emerging technology streams and exploring its value for agriculture. Farming also has its ‘in phrases’ and we will de-mystify these and see how value can be achieved by taking a fresh approach.  Here are a few of the events we are planning – if you would like to see a subject included for the following year then do contact us. 

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  • Ones to watch – Agri-Tech East tipped by European Business Awards

    Published: 18 December, 2017

    We are delighted to announce that Agri-Tech East has been selected to appear on the 2018 European Business Awards – Ones to Watch List for the United Kingdom. It is…

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  • Recommended Lists – chance to have your say

    Published: 14 December, 2017

    All breeders wait with anticipation for the launch of the AHDB Recommended Lists for cereals and oilseeds (RL) which are the result of extensive trials.  The presentation of the lists is continually…

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  • Defra’s new farming rules for water drive need for valuing natural capital

    Published: 14 December, 2017

    Managing the land to protect water quality will be one of the topics discussed at our January Pollinator meeting Counting the Cost, Value and Benefits of Natural Capital in Agriculture….

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  • Follow the money

    Published: 14 December, 2017

    Funding is complex and we aim to sign-post the best opportunities for Agri-Tech on our website in the funding section. Together with Smart- AKIS we are trying to demystify the process with a…

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  • Early stage companies showcased at REAP

    Published: 27 November, 2017

    Our popular Start-Up Showcase at REAP highlighted some of the great new ideas and businesses that are bringing new thinking to agri-tech – a summary is below, and more details…

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