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Agri-EPI Centre AgriTech Enablers

Agri-Tech innovation at the heart of sustainable food production

As part of the ‘Agri-Tech Enabler’ campaign together with our wide partnership network, we will demonstrate the practical and commercial benefits of farm technology innovation, applied across all major commodities. We invite technology companies to bring forward new ideas that have the potential to directly, or indirectly, impact UK Farming and result in sustainable food production.

UK-China SmartFarm partnership takes next steps

Agri-EPI Centre and one of China’s largest food companies, the Tianjin Food Group, have today signed a collaboration agreement to develop a smart farming project utilising UK technology in China to boost early disease detection and productivity monitoring in pigs.

Calling all ‘astropreneurs’!

Agri-EPI Centre and its fellow UK Agri-Tech Centre Agrimetrics are taking part in a webinar on Tuesday 19th May for start-ups and SMEs interested in the role space technology can play in sustainable agriculture.

New film highlights technology for sustainable dairy production

Agri-EPI has supported the Dairy Trial Team of the Horizon 2020 ‘Internet of Food & Farm’ project, by providing data from the SWDDC and Park End dairy farm. The two dairies have also hosted events for farmers to consult them about new and future tools which may support their businesses’ sustainability during these challenging times for the dairy sector.

Agri industry driving R&D

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Unlocking new funding for agri-food innovation

With a strong track record of success in supporting businesses of all sizes to successfully access funding and to invest in opportunities, Agri-EPI is primed to offer its expertise to any businesses seeking to access new UK Government funding.
Agri-EPI and its members are exhibiting at DairyTech

New venture for Agri-EPI at Dairy-Tech 2020

Agri-EPI is for the first time exhibiting at the major Dairy-Tech event with partners, Glas Data and AgSenze. Head of dairy, Duncan Forbes, will also give a talk on the ground-breaking activities taking place at Agri-EPI's South West Dairy Development Centre in Somerset.
COO, Kirk

Agri-EPI Centre welcomes new COO

Kirk Siderman-Wolter has joined the growing Agri-EPI team as its new COO, working to support CEO Dave Ross and taking responsibility for the operational, financial and support functions of the organisation. 

Bridging the gap on climate change

Japan is embracing climate-smart technologies and practices for sustainable agriculture; and Agri-EPI is now helping to advance this for global benefits. 
Agri-EPI Centre in China Nov 19 - visit China Academy of Agricultural Sciences dairy facility

Chinese trip opens new opportunities

Dave Ross and Lisa Williams of Agri-EPI visited Beijing and Chengdu province to explore the opportunities for developing the SmartFarm test facility and to engage with international scientists at the Global Forum of Leaders for Agricultural Science and Technology (GLAST). 
Future Farm Expo 2019

Agriculture, technology and the future of farming

It's fallen on the agriculture sector to develop new ways of meeting the increasing demand for food, without compromising on the health of livestock and crops and, essentially, the quality of the food produced. But the key question here is, How do we do this?
New Scientist Live event 10-13 October

Agri-EPI at New Scientist Live

Together with Farmers Weekly, Agri-EPI Centre joined Agrimetrics, CIEL, CHAP and its partners GEA Group and RHIZA for the New Scientist Live festival in London today (10 October).
Paraguay mission for UK AgriTech July 2019

Paraguay mission for UK agri-tech

The exciting opportunities for trade with Latin American markets were the focus of a recent successful trade mission to Paraguay involving several UK agri-tech companies. Working in close partnership with the Department for International Trade and the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, the mission was lead by Agri-EPI Centre.

First China SmartFarm crop to be harvested

The exciting collaboration between the UK and China around Agri-Tech innovation will reach a milestone today, June 10, when the first crop to be grown as part of the SmartFarm Project will be harvested.
Member Stakeholder Day May 2019 - event props

Bringing people together at the heart of UK Agri-Tech

As the go-to enabler in precision agricultural innovation, Agri-EPI Centre helps members with key business challenges to drive forward agri-tech innovation. During our recent Stakeholder Day on 14 May 2019, we offered our members a full programme...
Delegation of the Agri-Tech Expert Mission to Australia February 2019

Agri-EPI’s Antipodean Missions

Agri-EPI Projects Managers Freddie Reed and Duncan Forbes and gained a valuable insight into the antipodean agri-tech sector when they recently took part in Agri-Tech Expert Missions to Australia and New Zealand respectively.
Agri-EPI expands with new appointments

Agri-EPI expands with new appointments

Agri-EPI is pleased to announce the expansion of its team following four key appointments. Chief Executive Dave Ross said: “This is an extremely busy and exciting time for Agri-EPI as we drive forward...

Driving innovation in Agri-food with our new members

It’s only with the support of our members, that we can bring significant change in agri-food. We seek to match the unique capabilities of our members with other partners to pioneer technology in the real-world and drive innovation. By growing our membership network...
17 January 2019 Satellite Farm Workshop Shimpling Park Farm

Busy year ahead for Satellite Farm Network

A programme of regional workshops for the Agri-EPI Satellite Farmers has resulted in great feedback and lots of ideas for the future activities of the network, according to Agri-EPI Farms and Commercial Manager Gavin Dick. Gavin has hosted...
Jake Freestone with CropScan tech

New scanner could offer barley growers better returns on their crops

New scanner could offer barley growers better returns on their crops. Scotland may soon host trials of high-tech crop scanning equipment which allows barley growers to maximise the proportion of their crop suitable for the premium malting market. The high-tech grain quality monitor, called CropSan 3000h, is a portable scanner that is...

Technology meets farming for better management

As UK farmers face huge changes in their business environment, making precision all the more critical, Agri-EPI Centre is working with them to develop technologies that help to banish guess work from management decisions.

5G no leafy country lane

An update on the latest 5G RuralFirst activity at our South West Dairy Development Centre, from Centre manager Duncan Forbes.
Hands holding agri-tech device

Collaboration key to success of UK agri-tech

Successful collaboration is key to the future of UK agri-tech. This was the message to emerge from the recent Game Changing Technologies in Agriculture event, organised by the Department for International Trade.
Lord and Lady Bathurst opening SW Dairy Centre 2 Oct 2018

Launch of South West Dairy Development Centre

Agri-EPI Centre has launched its state-of-the-art South West Dairy Development Centre in Somerset, which aims to offer a fresh vision for sustainable UK milk production. The £1.36 million, 180-cow dairy unit provides a...

Bringing together agri-tech industry partners

Acting as an industry-focussed innovation network is Agri-EPI’s core business. The more connected we can make the agri-tech sector, the better. Last week, Agri-EPI Centre welcomed more than 60 members to Cranfield...
Agribots and the tech revolution on the farm

Agribots and the tech revolution on the farm

To share best practices and promote the UK as a leader in precision agriculture innovation, the American Science and Innovation Network (SIN) invited a delegation from the Agri-EPI Centre to visit the US, covering visits...
SWDC cows in K38 250418 - South West Dairy Development Centre Somerset

A dairy farm fit for the future

The new South West Dairy Development Centre, Agri-EPI Centre’s dairy farm of the future, is located in the south west of England – an important milk producing region, home to nearly 25% of dairy cows in Great Britain...

International delegation visits Parkend Farm

As part of the OECD Rural Development Conference earlier this year, Agri-EPI Centre's Satellite Farmer Brian Wetherup of Parkend Farm hosted a widespread international delegation to showcase Scottish rural innovation...
3D cameras to save pigs' tails

3D cameras to save pigs’ tails

A new high-tech solution to the problem of tail biting in pigs has been devised by Scottish scientists and could become an alternative to the controversial last-resort practice of tail docking. The research is a collaboration...

Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting

Agri-EPI were privileged to be invited to the recent Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) where leaders gathered in London to address the shared global challenges we face and agree actions on how...

Tell-tail signs

A high-tech system involving 3D cameras could help UK farmers spot the early warning signs of tail biting in pigs – a health and welfare concern in affected pigs and an economic concern for industry. New research...
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Shaping 5G technology in rural communities

The UK government announced the winners of a £25 million competition to pave the way for a future rollout of 5G technology. Agri-EPI Centre, together with Cisco, BBC and University of Strathclyde, is part of '5G...
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Research in sheep production at Conon Brae Farms

Conon Brae Farms came on board as a satellite farm in 2017. The farmer, Ewan Macdonald, has a mixed enterprise of Sheep, cattle and Arable split between the Black Isle and Strathcarron. On the Black Isle, they are...

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