• Standards and regulation in agri-tech

    Standards and regulation in agri-tech

    Could early sight of transformative innovation by regulators and consistent standards help to drive innovation?

    With the wealth of emerging new agricultural technologies, products and services, it is difficult for regulation and standards to keep pace with developments. Rethinking the relationship could mean these elements become enablers rather than barriers. (more…)

  • Knowledge sharing should be a conversation

    Knowledge sharing should be a conversation

    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…

  • Innovation Insights at Cereals 2018 feat

    How does best practice become common practice?

    There are a wealth of opportunities for farmers to see best practice in action, but how can we speed up the process by which best practice becomes common practice, and what are the barriers to be overcome?

  • Reflections from Cereals

    This week has seen farmers, researchers, tech developers and industry come together at Cereals 2018, one of the UK’s biggest annual arable agriculture trade events. The emphasis was on preparation…

  • Defra looks towards farm-centric R&D

    Ensuring farmers are at the centre of agricultural R&D is a major driver behind a new approach from Defra. We hosted a consultation event at which Defra outlined how helping…

  • When will Farmville become real world

    Digital farming: Could Farmville become real world?

    Are you a farmer? An engineer? A scientist? An agronomist? Chances are that if you are reading this then you could be one of those, but the next decade will…

  • Managing risk in agri-tech

    Nothing ventured, nothing gained – but what can you afford to lose?  The role of public money in de-risking the development and adoption of new technologies was recognised recently with…

  • Innovation With A Purpose

    Innovation with a purpose

    Many of the technologies identified by the World Economic Forum as being key to achieving sustainability goals are being developed within our membership ecosystem. Most of us have heard of…

  • sudo grow hackathon - inspirational thinking, problem solving and prototype development

    Hacking, Sprinting and Providing New Solutions for Agriculture

    The “hackathon” concept has been used in the IT industry for some time to bring together technical experts around a key problem facing a business or sector, and engaging in…

  • Are flying flocks the future of farming?

    Predicting a rise in Stock-Tech

    Many of our farmer members will remember when mixed farming was routinely practiced across the region, but in recent times herds and flocks have not been economically viable for a farm…