• 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.

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  • Using earthworms as indicators of soil health - Jackie Stroud, Rothamsted Research

    Using earthworms as indicators of soil health

    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…

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  • Marcus de Wilde, Applied Blockchain

    Blockchain generating confidence with smart contracts

    Food fraud could be losing the food and drink industry up to £12bn annually, according to a report by NFU Mutual (2017), and high profile cases of deliberate substitution of…

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  • Matthew Smith, Microsoft Research

    Using AI to fix fractured value chains: a path best tackled facing forward

    Matthew Smith was an ecologist before he joined Microsoft to lead the development of new predictive models for environmental systems, he spoke to us a couple of years ago and…

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  • Jamie Lockhart, Honingham Thorpe Farms feat

    Could ‘flying flocks’ be the answer to soil fertility and low margins?

    “We know as arable farmers that we need to do something to improve soil health and structure and the inclusion of livestock in the rotation must be beneficial,” says Jamie…

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  • Norfolk broads

    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…

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  • No-till in a time of climate change challenges thinking

    Tillage practices – ploughing operations that disturb the soil – affect soil carbon, water pollution, and farmers’ energy and pesticide use, and therefore the approach to cultivation can have a…

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  • Matt O'Hagan, M&S

    Good taste and fresh ideas from M&S at REAP

    “M&S is looking at ways to increase the nutritional value of food, particularly by increasing levels of the vitamins and minerals found in vegetables, that may be lacking from peoples’…

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  • John Shropshire, G's

    Forecasting a barbecue weekend

    A recent report released by WRAP estimates that around nineteen per cent of all lettuces were unharvested in 2015, with 38,000 tonnes lost across the sector worth an estimated £7million….

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  • David Purdy, John Deere, will be speaking at REAP

    John Deere focused on precision technology

    “Yield mapping is now cheap as chips, and you can’t buy a combine without it. It’s a really accurate technology – for a narrow width it takes readings every couple…

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