Loading Events

« All Events

Agriculture 101 – an introduction to the sector

September 17

Agriculture 101

Agriculture 101

This unique one-day introduction provides an overview of the agri-food industry, the challenges it faces and the requirements for support. It is aimed at giving useful insights to those new to the sector and to players from other industries.

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.

Sessions Include:

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.

Knowledge Transfer Network logoInnovate 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.



This event is £40 for members of Agri-Tech East, and £70 for non-members. Please note the fee is non-refundable for cancellation within 5 working days of the event. Agri-Tech East members can register and/or login to have the member rate applied automatically. Check if your company is a member.. Check if your company is a member.

To find out more about becoming a member of Agri-Tech East, please click here.

Basis CPD points will be available for attendees of this event.

Mailing List:

If you would like to hear about what Agri-Tech East is up to, or about other events we run for both members/non-members of Agri-Tech East please sign up using this link. We send about 2 emails a month, and you can unsubscribe at any time.

September 17th, 2019 10:00 AM   through   5:00 PM
Future Business Centre
King’s Hedges Road
Cambridge, Cambridgeshire CB4 2HY
United Kingdom
Phone: 01223 760135
Event Fee(s)
Non-member event fees £70 £ 70.00 + £ 14.00 VAT

Help spread the word

Please help us and let your friends, colleagues and followers know about our page: Agriculture 101


September 17
Event Categories:
Event Tags:


Agri-Tech East


Future Business Centre
Kings Hedges Road
Cambridge, Cambridgeshire CB4 2HY United Kingdom
+ Google Map