Thomas Mountain

The future of farming: integrating tradition and tech

What will farming look like in 20 years’ time? As we move more online, will there be a greater focus on software? How will inputs and outputs differ? What will be future farmers’ requirements? To help find answers, Richard Anscombe, of Agri-Tech East Stakeholder Group, set up the Fram Farmers Next Generation Council.

The Next Generation Council, alongside initiatives like the Young Innovators’ Forum, aims to offer younger farmers across East Anglia – and further afield – networks for information-sharing, upskilling and ideas.


Agri-tech news update

  • Royal Norfolk Show launches its first Innovation Trail

    Published: 22 May, 2018

    A simulator for tractor training, the world’s biggest beet eater and a virtual sheep wrangler will be among the highlights of a unique Innovation Trail that showcases technology being demonstrated at the Royal Norfolk Show. To add some fun there will be a challenge to see who can find all the tech stands and tweet a selfie using #AgriInnovation – can you catch ‘em all?

    The trail culminates at the Innovation Hub, where there will be an opportunity to see a selection of latest research and developments hosted by Agri-Tech East and sponsored by the British Beet Research Organisation (BBRO).

  • Innovation Insights at Cereals – an overview of agri-tech

    Published: 3 May, 2018

    Do you want a quick overview of the latest, exciting agri-tech that is emerging in the UK? This year Agri-Tech East and Cereals are partnering to host Cereals’ first ever…

  • Using earthworms as indicators of soil health

    Published: 1 May, 2018

    Earthworms are like the miner’s canary, indicating a problem with the underground world. They are sensitive to pH, water-logging, compaction, rotations, tillage and responsive to applications of organic matter. This…

  • Applying gaming tech to weed busting wins Agri-Tech Hackathon

    Published: 16 April, 2018

    A number of exciting concepts emerged from Agri-Tech East’s first hackathon, which was designed to focus the diverse talents of multi-disciplinary teams on intractable problems in agriculture. The overall winner…

  • Ceres Agritech Knowledge Exchange Partnership to boost multidisciplinary agri-tech research

    Published: 11 April, 2018

    The agri-food research community across the East of England has received a boost with a £4.78m investment in the new Ceres Agritech Knowledge Exchange Partnership. The Ceres Agritech Knowledge Exchange Partnership…

  • New Zealand farmer cooperative LIC meets Agri-Tech East members

    Published: 21 March, 2018

    We were delighted to welcome a board level delegation of farmers, scientists and businesses from LIC, New Zealand’s largest farmer co-operative focusing on herd improvement and agri-tech, to Cambridge this week. The co-operative…