To celebrate innovation across the region we enjoyed a week of agri-tech events from 6-10th November 2017 so varied that there was something to interest everyone.
Agri-Tech Week is a partnership initiative to showcase excellence in innovation across the agri-tech value chain, brokering links and fostering new relationships between businesses, researchers and government. It was founded in 2014 by Agri-Tech East, the Royal Norfolk Agricultural Association and the Suffolk Agricultural Association.
Agri-Tech Week also provides an opportunity to welcome new collaborators, customers and partners to the east of England’s agri-tech ecosystem, and features events, visits, workshops and discussions across the east of England, as well as Agri-Tech East’s REAP conference in Cambridge.
Don’t forget to mark your diaries for Agri-Tech Week 2018: 5-9th November 2018!
The outline programme for Agri-Tech Week 2017 was as follows:
Monday 6th November
Afternoon: Water and Soils – Lincoln:
Riseholme Campus, Riseholme Hall, Lincoln, LN2 2LG
Presentations and interactive workshop hosted by Lincoln Institute for Agri-Food Technology looking at
- The impact of coastal flooding on agricultural land
- The contribution of agrochemicals, especially metaldehydes to water sources.
Lincoln is involved in two major EU projects, one of which is an EU Horizon 2020 project involving 12 countries.
Tuesday 7th November
All day: REAP Conference: Today’s Knowledge Meets Tomorrow’s Technology – Cambridge:
Wellcome Genome Campus Conference Centre, Hinxton, CB10 1RQ
The theme of Agri-Tech East’s annual conference this year is “Today’s Knowledge Meets Tomorrow’s Technology” where we will explore the potential for the application of new tools and services to help broaden and deepen our understanding of the principles behind productive, sustainable and, ultimately, profitable production.
Wednesday 8th November
Morning: ‘Tyres, Traction and Compaction Workshop’ – Suffolk
The Marsh Larder, Shotford Hall, Harleston, Norfolk, IP20 9QT
This joint workshop between AHDB, Essex & Suffolk Water and Catchment Sensitive Farming will look at how to avoid waste through traction inefficiencies and reduce compaction effects to improve soils. An in-depth look at wheels, loads, tyre pressures, tyre selection, variable pressure and compaction will be explored during the morning along with a practical demonstration of the importance of tyre pressures using a weigh cell.
Wivenhoe House, Wivenhoe Park, Park Rd, Colchester, CO4 3SQ
This event will feature presentations, lab-tours and workshop hosted by the University of Essex that will offer opportunity to see and discuss latest developments that are being applied in agricultural sector, including Drones, image analysis, measurement of plant performance and stress and disease monitoring.
Thursday 9th November
Afternoon: RNAA Annual Lecture – Norfolk:
Easton and Otley College, Easton, Norwich NR9 5DX
Understanding agriculture’s triple helix – how consumer, environment and technology will influence the rural economy in the future.
This Agri-Tech week event hosted by the Royal Norfolk Agricultural Association and Easton and Otley College considers the future influences (economic, financial, geo-political, scientific / technological) on UK agriculture and how Norfolk’s farmers might find ‘their’ way in an increasingly uncertain and complex world. In particular, it asks what role agri-tech has to play, where new developments coming from and whether we have the right skills and talent to cope with the future. Taken altogether, we ask how we meet the future needs and demands of the consumer, on the one hand, and the rural economy on the other.
The speaker at this event will be Professor Allan Buckwell, an agricultural economist and Senior Research Fellow at the Institute for European Environmental Policy.
Morning: Saving waste in Horticulture: optimising resources – Cambridge:
Sophi Taylor Building, NIAB Park Farm, Histon, Cambridge CB24 9NZ
This event will include seminars and a workshop to discuss management and reduction of waste in the food chain, hearing about best practice to optimise resources as product moves from the field or glasshouse to the packhouse. Hosted by NIAB, this event will feature international partners from the pan-Europe consortium Bioboost, funded by the EU Interreg 2seas programme, coming together to discuss progress and innovation in the industry to reduce waste.
Keep up to date with the latest news about Agri-Tech Week here.