08.30 Farmer Breakfast session – Engaging in the R&D Agenda (by invitation only)
Sponsored by Savills
09.30 Registration, Coffee and Networking
10.00 Growing the agri-tech innovation ecosystem
Welcome and introduction
Richard Anscombe, Chief Executive Officer of FramFarmers and Chair, Agri-Tech East Stakeholder Group
10.20 Agri-tech offers new futures
Sponsored by AHDB
Chair: Dr Susannah Bolton, Knowledge Exchange Director, AHDB
Decision-support systems and high speed computing infrastructures are two of the technologies that have the potential to increase productivity and shape the future of farming. Two exciting field-trials are discussed by:
Dr Zhenling Cui, China Agricultural University, Winner, Norman Borlaug Award
Prof Gerard Parr MBE, Head, School of Computing Sciences, University of East Anglia
11.30 Emerging Agri-Tech
Sponsored by BBSRC/UKRI
Chair: Kiryon Skippen, Hutchinsons
Speakers from leading universities and research institutes give lightning presentations about their research including: increasing efficiency of photosynthesis, how soil indicators can help inform land management decisions, and how radar data reveals new insights about crop growth.
12.30 Accelerating innovation
Sponsored by BASF
A hackathon brings together programmers from different disciplines with specialists offering deep-rooted industry knowledge. Agri-Tech East hosted its first hackathon this year and the outcomes in 48 hours were remarkable. Participants will discuss the learning points.
Paul Hughes, Director of Enterprise Support, Allia
Aaron Croucher, hackathon technical advisor
Charles Gentry, overall hackathon winning team
Richard Corden, Business Development Manager (Agricultural Solutions), BASF
An opportunity to look around the technical exhibition and to network.
14.15 Start-Up Showcase
Sponsored by Rothamsted Centre for Research and Enterprise
Chair: Nicole Sadd, Executive Director, RoCRE
Introducing some of the UK’s leading new agri-tech start-ups looking for investment, partnership, collaboration or industry insights.
“This house believes supporting land-use for competitive sustainable UK food production should be the priority for agri-tech innovations”
Chair: Mark Suthern, Head of Agriculture, Barclays
For years the price paid for food has been disconnected from the cost of production; now, as the regulatory environment shifts, agriculture will be exposed to uncertain market forces. What future do we want for farming? Is food security and the supply of high quality, nutritional food incompatible with the demand for cheap food? Does higher productivity always mean compromising the environment or can agri-tech help achieve both? Should farmers go high-tech and automate to compete or instead diversify and produce premium products for the bioeconomy?
This is a chance to hear the views of diverse industry experts:
Dr Dave Hughes, Head of Global Technology Scouting, Syngenta
Stuart Knight, Deputy Director, NIAB
Prof. Claire Domoney, Head, Metabolic Biology Department, John Innes Centre
Tony Bambridge, Managing Director, B&C Farming, former NFU Norfolk Chairman
Andrew Spicer, CEO, Algenuity
William Cracroft-Eley, Lincolnshire farmer and Chairman, Terravesta
Guy Poppy, University of Southampton, Chief Scientific Advisor to the Food Standards Agency
Ande Gregson, Founder and Director, Green Lab
17.30 Closing remarks
Dr Belinda Clarke, Director, Agri-Tech East
17.40 Networking reception
Sponsored by SmithsonHill
An opportunity to reflect on the outcomes of the day with colleagues while enjoying some agri-innovative drinks and nibbles!