We are planning a great programme for this year, but in the meantime a huge thank you to everyone who hosted, organised or attended events for Agri-Tech Week 2017.
Events ranged from water catchments and metaldehyde, to adding value to horticultural waste, discussions about agricultural economics and tractor tyre innovations – we were so pleased to see so many people taking part in the week of activities.
“I came here with a specific goal – to meet farmers to recruit into a new soils project – and I’ve achieved it,” a delegate from a major agri-research organisation…
Tomatoes, strawberries and other crops grown undercover are a rich source of active plant ingredients such as lycopene, anticyanins and isoflavones that are used in the cosmetic and health industries….
“Soil compaction is probably the most significant challenge to all crop development,” says Bill Basford, Independent Mechanisation Specialist. Bill will be giving advice about matching tyres and pressure to soil…
Agri-Tech Week 2018
To celebrate innovation across the region we have a week of agri-tech events from 5-9 November 2018 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.
Afternoon: University of Hertfordshire
University of Hertfordshire, College Lane Campus,
Current research in crop protection, highlighting some of the key methodologies that are emerging to tackle disease and pest threat in the face of environmental change.
Evening: Earlham Institute
Earlham Institute, Norwich Research Park, Norwich, NR4 7UZ
At this three-part workshop, find out how research at the Institute can be applied in the field, and explore what steps must be taken to ensure transferability of research from lab, to computer, to real applications.
Morning: University of Essex
Wivenhoe House, Wivenhoe Park, Park Rd, Colchester CO4 3SQ
Learn about the capabilities in plant physiology, soil microbiology and data science at the Environment & Plant Innovation Centre (EPIC).
TBC (Diss or Bury St Edmunds), Suffolk
All you need to know about the business and agronomic benefits of precision spraying.
REAP, Agri-Tech East’s flagship conference.
Afternoon: RNAA, Easton & Otley College, University of East Anglia
Jubilee Building, Easton Campus, Norfolk
Big data in agriculture in Norfolk.
Afternoon: NIAB Innovation Hub
NIAB Park Farm, Cambridge
A focus on soil, an Interactive event for SMEs and farmers looking at methods of soil testing, techniques for soil improvement and the use of waste materials to increase organic content.
Feedback is essential for the effective communication, and in this month’s blog we look at developments in knowledge exchange.What is Knowledge Exchange?
This simple, yet potentially existential question is circulating around those of us at the interface of research, technology development and the farming community.