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Looking for a change? We are looking at alternatives to conventional pest control, diagnostics for early warning and balancing productivity with environmental impact.

“We need to rethink the future of food…if coming scientific and technological innovations are to be harnessed wisely,” said Environment Secretary Michael Gove at the Oxford Farming Conference as he announced the new food plan in development. Agri-tech was mentioned throughout the event and our programme for 2019 explores further many of the issues highlighted by the speakers.

The OFC is discussed in the blog, and below is just a taste of what is planned for 2019. Details of other events including a one-day conference on Controlled Environment Agriculture are available on the website.

How to apply nature’s solutions in agriculture 15 Jan, Easton College Norwich

Would working with nature relieve some of the evolutionary pressure on arable weeds and plant pests and stop them from becoming so aggressive?

An interesting trend we have seen recently is the increasing number of organisations developing agri-products based on natural processes and active ingredients. These have a role in both conventional and organic farming and for our first Pollinator event of the year we have invited a number of organisations to discuss some of the promising solutions that are emerging. Register here.

Revolution in diagnostics promises early disease warning 13 Feb, Cambridge

Speed is vital in effective disease management; if farmers and growers have access to cost-effective tools that are simple to use on-farm then they can take a range of preventative measures to pre-empt problems.

New types of rapid testing for soil health, mastitis, bovine TB, Fusarium and post-harvest disease are to be discussed – many for the first time – at the Feb Pollinator ‘The 3 Rs of Plant and Animal Diagnostics: Rapid, Reliable and Robust (Enough)’. Register here.

Farmers are embracing Sustainable Intensification

Recent research led by Dr Lynn Dicks of University of East Anglia found there was a growing consensus among farmers of best practice for increasing productivity while enhancing the environment. This is one of the latest posts in the Research Digest, which aims to summarise the latest scientific developments of interest to members.

Looking for a change? Opportunity Zone for jobs

Agri-tech provides a range of different career opportunities – if you are looking for a move or have a vacancy to fill, have a look at the Opportunity Zone.

A very warm welcome to this month’s new members:

Cambond
FOLIUM Science
FOTENIX

and to our renewing members:

Brown & Co
Weather Logistics

Learn about the benefits of Agri-Tech East membership, and check out member testimonials.

 

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