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Rural Connectivity

Wireless and mobile connectivity with 5G RuralFirst. A co-innovation project to create rural test-beds and trials for 5G wireless and mobile connectivity across the Orkney Islands, Shropshire, and Somerset.

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Pig Tail Biting Detection

Discover TailTech — a radical high-tech solution devised by Scottish scientists to detect the warning signs of pig tail biting.

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Precision Livestock Farming

Discover OPTI-BEEF — precision agriculture to monitor productivity and product quality in the beef industry.

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Satellite Imagery

Discover GRID - Improving the lending potential of credit providers to small holder farmers in southern Africa through satellite imaging.

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Full autonomous farming

Creating the world’s first automated farm, operated without a driver in the seat or agronomists on the ground.

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  • Rural Connectivity

    Wireless and mobile connectivity with 5G RuralFirst. A co-innovation project to create rural test-beds and trials for 5G wireless and mobile connectivity across the Orkney Islands, Shropshire, and Somerset.

    Learn More
    Agri-EPI Connectivity 5G RuralFirst South West Dairy Development Centre
  • Pig Tail Biting Detection

    Discover TailTech — a radical high-tech solution devised by Scottish scientists to detect the warning signs of pig tail biting.

    Learn More
    Detect pig tail biting - TailTech
  • Precision Livestock Farming

    Discover OPTI-BEEF — precision agriculture to monitor productivity and product quality in the beef industry.

    Learn More
    Agri-EPI Livestock Beef Precision Solutions
  • Satellite Imagery

    Discover GRID – Improving the lending potential of credit providers to small holder farmers in southern Africa through satellite imaging.

    Learn More
    Agri-EPI agricultural projects GroWise & GRID Unleashing satellite technology to improve credit lending to Southern African smallholdings
  • Full autonomous farming

    Creating the world’s first automated farm, operated without a driver in the seat or agronomists on the ground.

    Learn More
    Hands Free Farm

Industry impact

Supporting the agri-tech sector, emerging novel technology and methodologies, through our network of farms and broad multi-sector membership, we support and help deliver great results in engineering precision innovation.

Our role is to actively consult and collaborate with farmers, scientists and academics; government departments and agronomists; researchers, retailers, food service providers and pharmaceutical specialists on novel agri-tech. We also promote the game changing industry impact and results of these projects in the UK and abroad.

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Working together on impact

If you are interested in a research and development project, or any aspect of our Agri-EPI collaborations, project results and industry impact, we’ll be delighted to talk to you.

GroWise & GRID

The positive impact of minimising risk and increasing security and funding for smallholders

Piloted in Africa, funded by the European Space Agency and launched, over 140,000 hectares, through access to information about predicted crop yield, incoming weather patterns and land conditions, this project sought to offer both grower and funders an increased ability to manage risk. The project had two aims:

  • Increase access to key funding for smallholders
  • Give banks and credit providers the confidence to lend money against land

The project successfully partnered with Standard Bank, Africa’s largest bank, that is now confidently using the precision agriculture technology, satellite imagery and aggregate access to the GRID platform to lend financial support to smallholder farmers. The project’s further impact also created up to 1000 jobs shared between the UK and Africa. Read more about GroWise & GRID.

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Keep up to date with the latest industry impact and results of our work, plus, news, innovation and approaches across the sector.

Updates from the forefront of UK agriculture

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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.
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Grain ‘swimming’ robot offers solution to global food loss

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. This is expected to be able to save a total of 380 tonnes of grain (wheat and barley) every year.
Agri-EPI CTO becomes food network champion

Agri-EPI CTO becomes food network champion

Agri-EPI’s Chief Technical Officer, Dr Shamal Mohammed, has been appointed Champion for Collaborative Projects for the Science & Technology Facilities Council (STFC) Food Network+ (SFN). Read the news article here.

NFU Vice President to join agri-tech conversation at innovation conference

NFU Vice President Tom Bradshaw will deliver a keynote address on the value of agri-tech to profitable and sustainable farming at Agri-EPI Centre’s annual conference on October 6. Tom, who farms in partnership with his wife, Emily, and his parents in North Essex, is one of a group of expert speakers to be taking part in the conference, titled Agri-tech: Connecting Farmers with Technology.
Farmers to help identify key areas for agri-tech use in Scotland

Farmers to help identify key agri-tech areas in Scotland

With a survey, as part of a wider project funded by Scottish Environment, Food and Agriculture Research Institutes (SEFARI), beef and sheep farmers, consultants, vets and researchers are being asked for their views on the use of modern technology to identify key areas for the use of agri-tech in Scotland. 

Hands Free Farm: the world’s first automated farm

Without a driver in the seat or on the ground, Agri-EPI joined Precision Decision, Harper Adams University and FarmScan AG to create the world’s first fully automated farm.

Ranged over 35 acres, the Hands Free Farm involves a fleet of small autonomous vehicles operated from the farm office. Once a commercial reality, along with greater accuracy of land coverage and improved yields, reduced field time will significantly improve mental health by providing a healthier work-life balance for farmers. Introducing a whole new technological approach and providing a more attractive career choice for a new generation of farmers. Learn more about Hands Free Farm.

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