Sustainable Farming - Agricultural Transition Plan DEFRA 2021-2024Sustainable Farming - Agricultural Transition Plan DEFRA 2021-2024

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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  • Agri-Tech Excellence Awards 2021

    Agri-EPI Centre’s inaugural agri-tech awards will champion agri-tech SMEs that have made a significant sustainable impact on-farm between January 2019- March 2021.

  • 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 for UK farming. 

Welcome. We are the Agricultural Engineering Precision Innovation (Agri-EPI) Centre. We accelerate the research, development and adoption of precision agriculture and engineering technology.

Sustainably boosting productivity, reducing emissions and increasing profitability across the whole agri-food chain, through our world-class R&D facilities, academic and industry partners, we explore how to optimise the performance of highly complex agricultural production and processing systems.

One of four UK agri-tech centres, we also provide a testbed for the next generation of farming techniques and technology, including sensors, imaging and robotics. Our commercial field trials taking place within a UK-wide network of 28 satellite farms.

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.

Healthy Heifer Project

Healthy Heifer: A precision solution for dairy farmers

Strong and healthy replacement heifers are crucial to the longevity and productivity of a milking herd. Supporting timely, informed and accurate interventions, the Healthy Heifer project seeks to create a unique, precision solution giving dairy farmers access to real-time data on young livestock.
Kenyan finger millet

Agritech boost for Kenyan finger millet and smallholder sustainability

Through a purpose-built, precision farming platform, up to 2000 farmers in the Busia and Siaya regions of Western Kenya will participate in a game-changing collaborative agri-tech project led by experts at UK Agri-EPI Centre, Harper Adams University, Nairobi-based Strathmore University, agronomic services provider Newscape Agro Systems and technical services provision company USOMI.
Crover grain swimming robot

The world’s first bulk grain-monitoring robot

Crover Ltd, Agri-EPI Centre and East of Scotland Farmers teamed up to develop and trial the Crover, a smart robot sensor designed to prevent grain spoilage, across Agri-EPI’s UK wide network of satellite farms.

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.

Healthy Heifer Project

Healthy Heifer: A precision solution for dairy farmers

Strong and healthy replacement heifers are crucial to the longevity and productivity of a milking herd. Supporting timely, informed and accurate interventions, the Healthy Heifer project seeks to create a unique, precision solution giving dairy farmers access to real-time data on young livestock.
Kenyan finger millet

Agritech boost for Kenyan finger millet and smallholder sustainability

Through a purpose-built, precision farming platform, up to 2000 farmers in the Busia and Siaya regions of Western Kenya will participate in a game-changing collaborative agri-tech project led by experts at UK Agri-EPI Centre, Harper Adams University, Nairobi-based Strathmore University, agronomic services provider Newscape Agro Systems and technical services provision company USOMI.
SEAcap 6000 scottish salmon farming open water engineering

Revolutionising Scottish salmon farming with open water engineering

Currently in detailed design stage, the SeaCAP 6000 is a new open water engineering solution set to revolutionise the protection, health and environmental impact of farmed salmon, whilst boosting the industries long-term productivity and profits.
SmARTview AI livestock

SmARtview cow recognition and data retrieval

SmARtview aims to enhance a farmer’s knowledge of their cows and a vet’s expertise to deliver instant, individual data retrieval for faster and more accurate cow-side decision-making.
Ultra Fine Bubble technology

Making farming more sustainable with ultra-fine bubble technology

Ultra-fine bubbles, also called UFBs or nanobubbles, are very small, very stable long-lasting bubbles. With the ability to carry gases and different substances on their surface, their stability and longevity means that they have great potential for use in agriculture.
Crover grain swimming robot

The world’s first bulk grain-monitoring robot

Crover Ltd, Agri-EPI Centre and East of Scotland Farmers teamed up to develop and trial the Crover, a smart robot sensor designed to prevent grain spoilage, across Agri-EPI’s UK wide network of satellite farms.

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.

Industry impact

Our library of case studies illustrates the practical application of new and emerging research and technology. If you would like more information about any of our case studies and the related solutions and services, please get in touch.

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.”

“Our collaboration with Agri-EPI and the Midlands Dairy Research Centre on the Harper Adams University campus is affording us the opportunity to conduct high quality, commercially relevant, forward thinking, research with a great team.”

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.”

“Our collaboration with Agri-EPI and the Midlands Dairy Research Centre on the Harper Adams University campus is affording us the opportunity to conduct high quality, commercially relevant, forward thinking, research with a great team.”

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World Milk Day 2021: How agri-tech is boosting milk production

The dairy sector is central to agri-tech innovation, with a wide range of new technologies currently in development and trial. From robotic milking and feeding machines to environmental sensors and smart cow collars, agri-tech is key to improving efficiencies and productivity of the dairy sector, as well as improving animal welfare and care.