Agriculture 101 – an introduction to the sector
Agri-food production is a growing industry that offers opportunities for the application of technologies and services developed for and by other industries; however the successful implementation of these solutions requires domain knowledge.
This one day overview aims to:
- Provide an overview of the main players and current challenges
- Articulate the market opportunities
- Offer ways to engage with the sector
- Signpost next steps for those interested in developing prototypes and working with early adopters.
A Day In The Life Of A Farmer
An opportunity to walk a mile in the shoes of a farmer and learn about the myriad of critical management decisions – about crops, livestock, people, machinery, the environment - made hourly, daily, weekly, monthly and annually.
Arable and Livestock Agriculture; The Challenges and Opportunities
Working with living systems – plants, soils, animals and the environment – is complex and sometimes challenging. Where are the big wins for making transformational or incremental changes in efficiency, productivity and animal (and farmer!) welfare?
Food Production and Environmental Management; Farmer-Decision Making
As well as food producers, farmers are also responsible for management of the wider environment. Keeping soils, water courses and the mix of biodiversity healthy is a priority and proposed changes to the UK farm support system look set to change the balance by which farmers are rewarded for their work.
Why Farmers Talk About The Weather!
So many factors affect the success of farming. Changes in currency rates affect the value of outputs, variability in overseas production can lead to shortages or over-supply which affect prices, and challenging weather during the growing season can see prices change accordingly.
Technology as an Enabler to Improve Agriculture
Forward-thinking farmers are already routine users of complex technologies, ranging from robotic milking parlours, to GPS-controlled traffic steering of farm machinery, data algorithms, drones and farm management software systems. This session gives and overview of the current state-of-the art and how it has already made a difference to on-farm efficiency.
The Food Systems of the Future
Agriculture doesn’t exist in isolation; In the UK at least, it sits alongside cities, roads, infrastructure and manufacturing systems. Sourcing labour can be a major issue and the traditional structure of the industry means it can be difficult to “become a farmer” without a background in the industry or potential to join a family business. But new farming and production models are opening up the sector to those without a family history in the industry and providing new opportunities.
It would be of interest to:
- Technology developers who view agriculture or horticulture as a potential market for their innovation
- Researchers who are keen to forge better links with the industry, and want to understand how the sector (globally and in the UK) is structured and possible routes by which research outputs become adopted by end users
- New entrants to the industry, possibly (but not necessarily) early in their career, who want to understand more about the sector, possible skills opportunities, and where best their interests and expertise may be deployed.
This workshop is sponsored and supported by Innovate UK.
Innovate UK is part of UK Research and Innovation, a non-departmental public body funded by a grant-in-aid from the UK government.
We drive productivity and economic growth by supporting businesses to develop and realise the potential of new ideas, including those from the UK’s world-class research base. We’re an organisation of around 300 staff, drawn mainly from business working across the UK, with a head office in Swindon.
With a strong business focus, we drive growth by working with companies to de-risk, enable and support innovation by connecting businesses to the partners, customers and investors and funding business and research collaborations.
Since 2007 Innovate UK have committed over £1.8 billion to innovation and across all sectors, and this has been matched by a similar amount in partner and business funding. We have helped some 8,000 organisations with projects estimated to add more than £16 billion to the UK economy and create nearly 70,000 jobs.
For further information on Innovate UK visit innovateuk.gov.uk.
King’s Hedges Road
Cambridge, Cambridgeshire CB4 2HY
|Non-member event fees £70||£ 70.00 + £ 14.00 VAT|