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Agricultural transition plan

DEFRA announced changes to agricultural policy in England from 1 January 2021, moving away from the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP). Read what this will mean for farmers, land managers and agri-tech companies.

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Postharvest Storage Solutions

Central to our nutrition, today, the ability to extend the availability and seasons of perishable goods, such as fruit and vegetables, plays a key role and is an increasing challenge to food producers, processors and retailers.

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Agri-Tech Centres Event | 'Innovation for Food Resilience' | 19 November 2020Agri-Tech Centres Event | 'Innovation for Food Resilience' | 19 November 2020

Innovation for Food Resilience

More than 1200 delegates from over 20 countries worldwide attended a recent virtual conference from the UK’s 4 Centres of Agricultural Innovation. All recordings are now available on demand.

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Grain ‘swimming’ robot

Technology start-up Crover, Agri-EPI and East of Scotland Farmers have teamed up to develop the first robotic device to tackle global post-harvest grain losses.

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Soft fruit robotics

A large UK agri-food consortium has been formed to address agricultural labour shortages by accelerating the use of robotics and automation (R&A) for picking and packing soft fruit and vegetables.

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Tech innovators ecosystem

The Midlands Agri-Tech Innovation hub is an ecosystem of tech innovators, engineering excellence, business thinkers, and food farming experts. Bringing industry, agri-tech and academia together under one roof.

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  • Agricultural transition plan

    DEFRA announced changes to agricultural policy in England from 1 January 2021, moving away from the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP). Read what this will mean for farmers, land managers and agri-tech companies.

    Learn More
  • Postharvest Storage Solutions

    Central to our nutrition, today, the ability to extend the availability and seasons of perishable goods, such as fruit and vegetables, plays a key role and is an increasing challenge to food producers, processors and retailers.

    Learn More
    Agri-EPI Soil and Crop Technology | Glasshouse Phenotyping Platform | Postharvest Storage
  • Grain ‘swimming’ robot

    Technology start-up Crover, Agri-EPI and East of Scotland Farmers have teamed up to develop the first robotic device to tackle global post-harvest grain losses.

    Learn More
    Crover grain robot device
  • Soft fruit robotics

    A large UK agri-food consortium has been formed to address agricultural labour shortages by accelerating the use of robotics and automation (R&A) for picking and packing soft fruit and vegetables.

    Learn More
    Saga Robotics and the Modular Robotic Platform Thorvald
  • Innovation for Food Resilience

    More than 1200 delegates from over 20 countries worldwide attended a recent virtual conference from UK’s 4 Centres of Agricultural Innovation. All recordings are now available on demand.

    Watch recordings
    Agri-Tech Centres Event | 'Innovation for Food Resilience' | 19 November 2020
  • Tech innovators ecosystem

    The Midlands Agri-Tech Innovation hub is an ecosystem of tech innovators, engineering excellence, business thinkers, and food farming experts. Bringing industry, agri-tech and academia together under one roof.

    Learn More
    Midlands Agritech Innovation Hub | venue space | Technology workshop space | events | Conference | Office Space | Virtual Office

Agri-EPI Centre

Pioneering innovation, technology and precision engineering in UK farming for increased productivity, profits and sustainable growth.

Welcome. We are the Agricultural Engineering Precision Innovation Centre (Agri-EPI). One of four UK Government centres of agricultural excellence, we focus on the delivery of research and development, demonstration and training of precision agriculture and engineering for the livestock, arable, horticulture and aquaculture sectors.

Agri-tech solutions

Turning innovative ideas into exciting new agri-tech precision processes and products.
Improving sustainability, welfare, productivity and economic growth throughout the world’s agricultural systems and food supply.

Agricultural technology projects

Within every part of the agricultural supply chain we operate a wide range of agriculture technology industry-led activities in applied research and development, demonstration, training and education. Learn more about each of our individual agriculture technology projects.

Industry impact

Discover the practical application of new and emerging agri-tech research and innovation.

Case studies - Agri-EPI Soil and Crop Technology | Glasshouse Phenotyping Platform | Postharvest Storage

Extending the availability and flavour of UK apples

Recent research undertaken by Cranfield University, at Agri-EPI Centre’s innovative Postharvest Storage facilities has delivered a way not only to improve apple storage times, but also maintain apple quality and improve flavour during storage without the need for additional ethylene inhibitor treatment, effectively delivering substantial savings for large apple suppliers. Read the full case study.

Take advantage of our leading agri-tech services and support

Events, webinars, workshops and demonstrations.
Knowledge-transfer, mentoring, industry and academic collaboration…
How can we help?

Benefits of membership…

Become a member and collaborate with industry and academic partners for pioneering change in food and farming.

Tap into our expertise

It takes the right team to bring change. Meet our experienced team and let us support your ideas and ambitions.

A unique collaboration

One of four UK agricultural centres of excellence, we are a unique and exciting collaboration between the UK Government, academics and industry.

What our partners say

“Our collaboration with Agri-EPI and the South West Dairy Development Centre gave us the opportunity to produce robust research in a commercial setting. The farm setup allows companies to obtain accurate feeding data whilst also being commercially viable at the same time. The turnaround time from project ideas to implementation of a trial is very quick and a great benefit for companies.”

“I’d heard about the Agri-EPI Centre in Australia and wanted to come and see it for myself. The Midlands Agri-Tech Innovation Hub is ideally located adjacent to Harper Adams University and an ideal ‘landing-pad’ for Agri-tech companies wishing to start up in the UK.”

“The South West Dairy Centre fits very well with Innovate UK’s vision to support the development and adoption of new technologies to help UK farming become more sustainable, efficient and profitable.”

“Agri-EPI Centre – an incredible combination of state-of-the-art facilities, knowledge, and connectivity to everything that is the UK agtech scene.”

What our partners say

“Our collaboration with Agri-EPI and the South West Dairy Development Centre gave us the opportunity to produce robust research in a commercial setting. The farm setup allows companies to obtain accurate feeding data whilst also being commercially viable at the same time. The turnaround time from project ideas to implementation of a trial is very quick and a great benefit for companies.”

“I’d heard about the Agri-EPI Centre in Australia and wanted to come and see it for myself. The Midlands Agri-Tech Innovation Hub is ideally located adjacent to Harper Adams University and an ideal ‘landing-pad’ for Agri-tech companies wishing to start up in the UK.”

“The South West Dairy Centre fits very well with Innovate UK’s vision to support the development and adoption of new technologies to help UK farming become more sustainable, efficient, and profitable.”

“Agri-EPI Centre – an incredible combination of state-of-the-art facilities, knowledge, and connectivity to everything that is the UK agtech scene.”

Latest news

UK Agri-Tech Centres of Agricultural Innovation

Agri-tech Conference explored food resilience in COVID age

Together with the Agri-Tech Centres, Agri-EPI organised the Virtual Conference 'Innovation for Food Resilience'. The event, hosted by BBC Farming Today presenter Charlotte Smith, was designed to showcase and discuss a host of new technologies and techniques helping farming and food production to become more resilient and sustainable. The conference gathered an incredible interest: over 1200 delegates attended the conference and over 20 countries took part. Recordings are made available for delegates who were unable to attend the live event on the joint YouTube Channel.
New Scientist Live | Farmers Weekly | UK Agri-Tech Centres

Wonder of agri-tech to be shared at New Scientist Live virtual event

The wonderful world of agri-tech will be shared with visitors to the New Scientist Live ‘Future of Food and Agriculture’ virtual event on Saturday 28 November. Agri-EPI and its fellow UK Agri-Tech Centres CHAP and CIEL will be running a host of engaging talks, with opportunities for the audience to ‘ask the experts’ about the role and impact of new technologies and techniques supporting sustainable food.
Agri-Tech Centres Event | 'Innovation for Food Resilience' | 19 November 2020

UK Agri-Tech Centres showcasing latest agri-food innovations

From a robot that can ‘swim’ through grain stores to the ‘wonder’ technology cold plasma, the UK Agri-Tech Centres’ most exciting collaborative projects will be showcased at their joint conference, ‘Innovation for Food Resilience’, this Thursday, November 19.
A Dark Horse on the crop monitoring scene news - Bielgrange Farm

A Dark Horse on the crop sensing scene?

An Agri-EPI-supported trial of a new crop monitoring service has delivered promising results for Niall Jeffrey of Bielgrange Farm in East Lothian, Scotland. Bielgrange comprises 350Ha of lowland arable land and 240Ha of hill with a beef herd running between both. As part of Agri-EPI’s Satellite Farm programme, Niall is helping develop and evaluate Dark Technologies’ service, which uses satellite and drones to monitor crops, diagnose growth problems and predict yield.
Research to use artificial intelligence to identify sick livestock

Research to use artificial intelligence to identify sick livestock

The welfare of livestock could be improved thanks to a new research project that will use novel artificial intelligence methods combined with behavioural analytics to provide rapid and reliable insights to animal health for farmers across the UK. The research and commercial feasibility program, co-funded by Innovate UK, the UK’s innovation agency, will be led by the Quant Foundry (QF) in collaboration with the University of Bristol Vet School and Agri-EPI Centre.
Report Animal Health Industry Response COVID19 - Kisaco Research

New animal health report highlights lessons learned Covid-19 pandemic

The animal health industry needs to be better prepared for disruptions like Covid-19 and have resiliency plans in place to handle supply and demand. This is the ‘lessons learned’ message from Agri-EPI’s Chief Executive Dave Ross in a new report exploring the impact of Covid-19 on the global animal health industry.
Agri-Tech Hackathon Team Winners Vet Impress (livestock challenge) and Orchabot (horticulture challenge)Agri-EPI

Hackathon inspires solutions for tackling impact of COVID-19

Concepts for a solar powered, zero emission orchard robot and a remote, digital veterinary diagnosis tools which requires no apps or software installation have been announced as the winners of the Agri-EPI Agri-Tech Hackathon. A total of 11 teams took part on the hackathon, which was held to support the development of technological solutions to problems posed by COVID-19. The winning teams receive a year of product launch support from experts at Agri-EPI Centre.