Bursary sponsor

The AF Group, the UK’s largest agricultural purchasing co-operative, is delighted to be supporting REAP 2018 with bursaries that allow farmers and growers to attend the conference for the discounted rate of £50 (+VAT) per delegate. Anyone in the UK who is a grower or farmer, or who is in full-time education in agriculture (or an agriculture-related discipline such as plant science, agri-engineering, environmental sciences etc) is eligible to apply.

As farming businesses adopt more and more technology, AF is pleased to work closely with Agri-Tech East to help them build a hub of global innovation in the east of England.

Jon Duffy, AF Group Chief Executive Officer, said: “Technology is a key part of our industry and will play an increasingly important role in farming businesses in the future. It is crucial we share knowledge and ideas to keep up-to-date with the latest developments, and conferences like REAP 2018 are an ideal way to do this."

Bursary applications must be received by 10th October 2018 – applications received after this date will not be considered. Successful applicants will be informed by 14th October. Download the application in pdf format here or as a Word document here and return it to [email protected]

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Innovate UK

Field sponsor

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.

Calum Murray, Head of Agriculture and Food and Innovate UK said “Our support is available to businesses across all economic sectors, value chains and UK regions, including agriculture and food here in the East of England. We are therefore delighted to be supporting the AgriTech East and the 2018 REAP conference.

For further information on Innovate UK visit the Innovate UK website.
Innovate UK


Sponsor of the Keynote Address

The Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board (AHDB) is a statutory levy board, funded by farmers, growers and the supply chain and managed as an independent organisation. Their role is to inspire and provide the tools for farmers, growers and industry to succeed in a rapidly changing world.

The AHDB work with six sectors including cereals and oilseeds, dairy, beef and lamb, pork, potatoes and horticulture to provide industry leading information. They carry out extensive research and development programmes, provide market information and analysis, do export development work, run education programmes and carry out knowledge exchange work with levy payers aimed at improving efficiency, productivity and sustainability.

Dr Susannah Bolton, AHDB's Knowledge Exchange Director, said: "We are delighted to be sponsoring the Keynote Session at the REAP Conference this year. This builds on our close collaboration, membership and support of Agri-Tech East. Professor Zhenling Cui’s world-leading research on soil and fertiliser management are two key themes for AHDB including our recent GREATsoils work and the new Nutrient Management Guide (RB209). We look forward to hearing from Prof. Cui about how he further employed Borlaug’s “take it to the farmer” ideology and used effective knowledge exchange to increase Chinese food production for millions of Chinese farming families, an important focus area for AHDB."

For more information on AHDB, please visit:

AHDB at the REAP 2017 technology exhibition


Sponsor of the Emerging Agri-Tech session

The Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC) is part of UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) and invests in world-class bioscience research and training on behalf of the UK public. Funded by government, BBSRC invested £498 million in world-class bioscience in 2017-18.

Agriculture and food security is a priority for BBSRC and we aim to realise the potential of scientific advances to deliver innovations for farming. We support around 1,600 scientists in universities and institutes across the UK and invested £142.4m in agriculture and food security research programmes in 201718.

We support the Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund (ISCF), through which the Transforming Food Production Challenge will deliver £90m of new funding for precision agricultural technologies that will transform food production while reducing emissions, pollution, waste, and soil erosion and creating new export opportunities.

For more information on how BBSRC is working to support collaboration please visit:

For further information on the Transforming Food Production Challenge, please visit or contact [email protected]


Sponsor of the Accelerating innovation session

Farming today is more complex than ever before; the unpredictability of the weather, control of pest and weeds, market price development, scarcity of natural resources. To rise to this challenge, farmers need new technologies and solutions.

Working together to overcome challenges and find new solutions is one of BASF’s great strengths, and it’s something we’ve been doing in agriculture for over 100 years. Our employees are in constant contact with farmers and agricultural experts in every region around the globe. They work hard to understand what approaches are required to optimise agricultural production, increase farm profitability and improve the quality of life for a growing world population.

In the face of a changing industry, with increasingly complex challenges, we are committed to providing solutions that go beyond our market-leading chemistry. We’re working with partners from across the world to develop a wide range of digital tools. From established tech giants, to innovative start-ups, as well as listening to leading growers and advisors, we’re investing in ideas that will change the way we farm forever.

Rothamsted Centre for Research and Entreprise

Sponsor of the Start-Up Showcase

At the heart of agricultural research, The Rothamsted Centre for Research and Enterprise, RoCRE, is a unique hub focused on promoting collaboration and innovation by partnering with commercial agricultural technology businesses and opening up the research process.

Renowned for our expertise as the world's oldest agri-science research centre, RoCRE offers state of the art conference facilities, flexible collaborative laboratory space and lab incubation units that are home to a vibrant community of Agri-Tech start up and growth businesses including Agri-Tech East members Timac Agro and AgrixAdvisors.

Nicole Sadd, CEO of RoCRE, said: "We are delighted to be the Start-Up Showcase sponsor at the 2018 REAP conference. RoCRE are committed to supporting innovation and excellence in agri-tech research, particularly in the East of England and through our partners such as Agri-Tech East."

Rothamsted Centre for Research and Enterprise - REAP 2018


Sponsor of the Networking Reception

SmithsonHill will be at REAP 2018 to share updates about their proposed facility for AgriTech and associated sciences, with ability for crop and new technology trials at the heart of the East of England.

Emma Fletcher, Managing Director at SmithsonHill, said: “Cambridge is at the heart of an emerging AgriTech Cluster. We are fortunate to have around us some of the world’s leading agricultural research facilities – our approach will provide that next step – taking the science out of the lab and the field, enabling product and process development to a commercial scale. We fundamentally believe that technology can radically change the industry and that by providing a world-class facility to complement existing resources we can further build on the synergy between farming, multi-disciplinary science and technology as part of the new agricultural revolution.”

SmithsonHill are active members of AgriTech East, as is joint venture partner Russell Smith Farms. At REAP 2018 SmithsonHill are hosts of the end of day networking reception and are excited to share their plans with key opinion leaders in the AgriTech space.

Find out more by following us @SmithsonHill on Twitter, Facebook, Google+ and LinkedIN, or at



Sponsor of the Farmers' Breakfast

Farmers have traditionally been price takers not price makers but from now on it will be those businesses that innovate, diversify and evolve - differentiating themselves in the marketplace - that are set to thrive. The successful farm will need to adopt the most efficient and productive technologies and farming systems, harvesting and scrutinising data to inform decision making.

Savills provides a range of specialist management and consultancy services to food and farming businesses, delivering practical support and guidance in a constantly changing industry. We understand that farming today covers wide-ranging activities and that many farms operate as complex enterprises, so our involvement draws on the broadest land and property expertise in the UK.

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