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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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Increasing buffer feeding precision with new agri-technologies

In partnership with ED&F Man, Agri-EPI Centre research found that including a proportion of straw and molasses-based liquid feed in the buffer feed can offer the dual benefits of allowing production to be maintained whilst preserving valuable silage stocks.
fourth agricultural revolution

Is the fourth Agricultural Revolution upon us?

Agriculture is always changing with the introduction of new technologies. From the first farmers learning to rotate crops and mastering irrigation to today’s use of sensors, cameras and AI, agritechnology has been essential to improving the quality and productivity of food production.
Finger millet grain production

UK agri-tech expertise boosts essential grain production in Kenya

A collaborative project involving UK agri-tech businesses is transforming finger millet production in Western Kenya, providing agronomic support and precision farming technology to 2,000 farmers. The 18-month project, funded by Innovate UK’s Agri-tech Catalyst Programme, is designed to improve the productivity and profitability of finger millet farming in the Busia and Siaya regions, boosting supply of finger millet grain to meet overwhelming demand.
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Cover crops: the route to sustainable farming?

Cover cropping is now being used across all sectors of crop production. Agri-EPI BD Manager Crops Duncan Ross dives into the topic and calls on farmers to embrace a cover crop strategy for their farm businesses to save nitrogen and agrochemical inputs, increase yields and boost soil sustainability.

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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