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


Held virtually due to COVID19 restrictions, the panellists include farmers and other experts from across the agri-food sector.

Agri-EPI’s aim is that the day will provide valuable insight and build collaboration as agri-tech is discussed candidly in the context of policy, investment, on-farm uptake, processor and retailer perspectives – and much more.


The conference, which is supported by Landmark Systems and Lloyds Bank, runs from between 9am and 3pm on October 6, is free-of-charge and open to all. Register here.

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Agri-tech hackathon seeks solutions to Covid’s impact on farming

Registration now open for an agri-tech Hackathon aimed at developing technological solutions to problems posed by Covid-19

Winners will receive a year of product launch support from experts at Agri-EPI Centre. 

The Hackathon will focus on the horticulture and livestock/veterinary sectors. Participating teams will be challenged to explore solutions in two areas: the shortage of labour supply for field operations in horticultureand the restrictions on how vets can travel to conduct farm diagnoses and prescription.  

They will have the 12-hour duration of the Hackathon, on 23 and 24 September 2020, to come up with proposed technical solutions within their chosen stream which, if deemed by the judges to have winning market potential, will become the focus of the year-long ‘product launch programme’ delivered by Agri-EPI. 

Agri-EPI’s Business Development Director Lisa Williams explained:

“We invite any businesses, organisations and academic institutions with an involvement or interest in agri-tech to take part in what promises to be a really exciting event, with the aim of delivering new products that address some of the serious impacts of Coronavirus on the farming industry. Collaboration is key to innovation and we look forward to working with the participating teams, and the winners, to develop new ideas. 

“The winning teams will have 12 months of access to Agri-EPI’s technical and project management expertise, our world-class research and innovation facilities, testbeds and research assets, and our extensive network, which includes a membership of more than 120 companies across agriculture, technology and the supply chain. 

The Hackathon is supported by the European Horizon 2020 project Smart AgriHubs. The Challenge partners for the veterinary Hackathon are Vet Partners, ZoetisKnowledge Transfer Network and Landmark Systems. For the horticulture Hackathon, the challenge partners are Bardsley, Grimme, NFU and Knowledge Transfer Network. 

To find out more and register, visit:

Hackathon launch webinar

If you’re a business or academic institution with an interest in agri-tech, join us today (18 August) at 2:00pm to hear more from Agri-EPI Centre’s CEO, Dave Ross, as he goes into more detail about the Hackathon and challenges faced by many in the horticulture and livestock/veterinary sectors. Register now at to secure your space!

A3 Scotland 2020 rescheduled due to Covid-19

Postponed to 2021

As a result of the global Covid-19 pandemic, the Organising Committee for A3 Scotland 2020 has made the difficult decision to postpone its inaugural event, which was due to take place from 30 September to 1 October 2020. Given the ongoing uncertainty, the Committee took the view that it would be impossible to go ahead with international gathering, built around face-to-face networking and site tours.

We are hugely disappointed to have to postpone the inaugural A3 conference but take comfort from the fact that the fantastic support shown by our sponsors and delegates will be maintained for the rescheduled conference. Depending on progress in easing lockdown restrictions, we now plan to hold the event on 21 and 22 April 2021.

It is with great regret that we have had to reschedule what promised to be a fantastic international gathering bringing together key organisations across animal health, agri-tech and aquaculture. We know there has been huge enthusiasm for the event but the health and safety of our speakers, sponsors and delegates is of our highest priority.

We are pleased to say that the rescheduled event will offer the same strong programme based around the theme of ‘Transition to Net Zero’, with an exciting and engaging line-up of committed thought leaders from across industry, science and policy. If you are interested in being involved as a speaker, sponsor or delegate, do not hesitate to get in touch and be sure to follow on social media for the latest updates.

In the meantime, the Committee will be working hard to ensure they maintain momentum in planning and promotion. We are confident that the delay to the event will not dent what promises to be a highlight of the 2021 conference calendar.

Future updates about A3 Scotland can be found online at

Thank you for your understanding and continued support. We look forward to seeing you in 2021!

The A3 Organising Committee
Lawrence Brown (Consultant and Veterinary Surgeon), Richard Mole (Moredun Research Institute), Neil Clelland (Scotland’s Rural College), Lyndsay Chapman (Centre for Innovation Excellence in Livestock), Andrea McColl (Highlands and Islands Enterprise), Yoni van Breukelen (Agri-EPI Centre), David Telford (Knowledge Transfer Network) and John Mackenzie (Roslin Innovation Centre).


Annual Conference 2020 Agri-tech | Connecting Farmers with Technology

Agri-EPI Centre is delighted invite you to attend our Annual Conference on 6 October 2020. This virtual conference will provide valuable insight into the future direction of food production through a series of live panel discussions as agri-tech is discussed candidly in the context of policy, investment, on-farm uptake, processor and retailer perspectives and much more. The conference is a must-attend for all collaborators across the agri-food supply chain and it will provide valuable sector awareness around agri-tech’s role in a post COVID and Brexit world.

Tom Bradshaw, NFU Vice-PresidentThe theme of the event is underpinned by connecting agri-tech to farms. Our keynote speaker is from ‘The Voice of British Farming’, NFU Vice-President Tom Bradshaw.

In addition, we will also disseminate project information on automation and 3D Imaging & visualisation. Speakers also include: NFU Chief Policy Adviser, Dr Andrew Francis, Industry Expert Phil Wilkinson, Professor Andrew Fearne of Value Chain Management, Sophie Alexander of Hemsworth Farms, Agri-EPI’s Senior Investment Adviser John Grealish plus many more.

The day will run in a series of virtual panel discussions between 9am and 3pm:

  • Session 1 | 9am – 9.45am – Welcome & Keynote Address
  • Session 2 | 9.45am -10.30am – Drivers and Barriers to the Uptake of Technology on farms
  • Session 3 | 10.45am – 11.30am – Future Direction of Agricultural Policy & Investment
  • Session 4 | 11.30am – 12.15pm – Agri-tech’s Role in the Agri-food Supply Chain, Retailer, Processor and Consumer Perspective

[Lunch break]

  • Session 5 | 1pm – 2pm – The Future of Farming: Automation & 3D Imagery
  • Session 6 | 2pm – 3pm – Hackathon Winners presentation on technological solutions in response to COVID19

This event is supported by

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Future Food-Tech

Bringing together industry experts, start-ups and investors

Agri-EPI Centre is pleased to be a marketing partner for the Future Food Tech’s Virtual Summit.

Join us this September 17-18 as C-Suite food brand executives, investors and entrepreneurs from all four corners of the globe come together online to radically rethink our food system in a post-Covid 19 world.

By attending, you will have access to a number of offerings, including:

  • Presentations and panel discussions from industry leaders
  • Small group discussions hosted by speakers
  • 1:1 video networking opportunities with partners and prospects
  • Start-up pitches from the leading food-tech entrepreneurs
  • access to all content for a month following the Summit.

Register by August 13 to benefit from the early bird price of £395 + VAT. Visit: