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As the go-to enabler in precision agricultural and UK Agri-Tech 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 allowing them to catch-up on the latest UK agri-tech developments and share their projects and ideas with the wider Agri-EPI Membership network. The event was held at the Midlands Agri-Tech Innovation Hub in Newport-Shropshire. Why this venue and what did the day bring?

Our members represent the wider food supply chain – from farmers to processors and retailers plus engineering and technology businesses of all sizes. They share a commitment to positioning the UK as a global leader in sustainable food production.

The Vice Chancellor of Harper Adams University, Dr David Llewellyn, warmly welcomed more than 60 guests. A variety of other speakers talked about agri-tech innovations. An inspiring presentation about autonomous vehicles was given by Jonathan Gill, Mechatronics Researcher and UAV Pilot at Harper Adams University, home to the t Hands Free Farm project. The aim is to create a fully autonomous cereal farm that brings together precision machines, an autonomous farmyard and remote agronomy.

Member Stakeholder Day May 2019Member Stakeholder Day May 2019 - AWS

Amazon Web Services (AWS) is working with the supply chain to help end-users extract value from Internet of Things technology and simplify the development and integration of robotics. Relevant case studies were presented by Ricardo Sueiras, Principal Cloud Evangelist. Dr Cheryl Teoh, Consultant of Leyton Group’s Technical Advisory explained R&D Tax Relief in more detail and addressed a couple of key R&D areas for innovation in agriculture. Douglas Armstrong of IceRobotics, presented innovative sensor technology solutions for livestock research.

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There are different mechanisms available to Agri-EPI members for funding R&D projects. David Telford, Knowledge Transfer Manager in Agri-Food, talked about Innovate UK funding calls as part of the Transforming Food Production Challenge. Up to £90 million of new funding will become available for agri-tech to help businesses, researchers and industry to transform food production. He highlighted that “globally we need to produce food in ways that are significantly more efficient, resilient and sustainable. Innovation is key to ensure a competitive and prosperous sector.”

European project opportunities were presented by both Kavitha Muthu, Regional Ambassador for Midlands and Northeast at ESA Business Applications, and Ian Holmes, National / Global Contact Point in Agri-Tech & Bioeconomy at Innovate UK. Next to an introduction to the H2020 Agri-Food work programme, Holmes gave top tips on how to read the calls: “Focus on the impact of your project by involving future end-users in your proposal; apply real market information in the application and be sure that your project matches the scope of the call.”

 


About the venue

Agri-EPI Centre Midlands Agri-Tech Innovation Hub

 

The Midlands Agri-Tech Innovation Hub is part of a UK-wide network of Agri-EPI facilities, each of which offers specialist expertise, space and equipment to investigate, develop and evaluate precision technologies and techniques for better productivity, profitability and sustainability.

Midlands Hub Board Room

Board Room

Midlands Hub Conference Room

Conference Room

Midlands Hub Break out space

Break out space

Midlands Hub Meeting room

Meeting room

Midlands Hub Atrium

Wider atrium

Midlands Hub Upper atrium

Upper atrium

Midlands Hub Lower atrium

Lower atrium

The Hub is a bright, airy and modern venue offering five different spaces, which can be booked together or separately. The board and meeting rooms provide excellent breakout areas, while the lower and upper atriums are great exhibition, networking and catering spaces. These areas are not only open to agri-food companies – they provide the perfect space for local companies of all kinds.

 


Yoni van Breukelen

 

“It’s a privilege to host events where we bring together our members and inform them on interesting developments in the field of Agri-Tech.”

~ Yoni van Breukelen, Marketing Manager Agri-EPI Centre

 


UK Agri-Tech

In addition to, the Hub boasts a dedicated incubation facility, with space to grow, which is open to technology start-ups. A range of state-of-the-art precision technology equipment is available for hire, both by companies occupying the incubation space and by others in the UK agri-tech sector.

Agri-EPI Centre Midlands Dairy Research CentreThe Midlands Dairy Research Centre, which is managed by Harper Adams University, works with next generation dairy technology to understand dairy cow behaviour and welfare, and is just a ten-minute walk away from the venue. Its 50-cow robotic milking shed was designed specifically for trial work, complementing Harper Adams’ 380-strong commercial dairy herd. Agri-EPI welcomes proposals from technology companies and those involved in the dairy sector for projects to be undertaken in the Centre.

 


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Bringing together Agri-Tech accelerators

Agri-EPI Centre is inviting all her members to attend this year’s Membership Stakeholder Day. Members will hear about the direction Agri-EPI Centre is taking to fulfil its role within Agri-Tech as accelerator. They will get the latest on the developments within the Agri-Tech industry and can expect to hear about projects and research trials we are working on in conjunction with partners; the (potential) industry impact and how this benefits members.

We can guarantee a full day programme from 9:30 until 16:00, with interactive elements and practical demonstrations. Important funding opportunities for Agri-Tech R&D are presented and members will have plenty of networking opportunities throughout the day. Please read the agenda further down this email.

We ask you to register via the event page on Eventbrite. This event is free to attend and for members-only. If you have questions, do not hesitate to reach out via members@agri-epicentre.com.

We hope to see you there!

Best regards,

Dave Ross
CEO Agri-EPI Centre

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Time and place

Date and time
9:30AM – 16:00PM on Tuesday 14 May 2019

Address
The event will be held at the Midlands Agri-Tech Innovation Hub on campus of Harper Adams University in Newport-Shropshire. The address is: Poultry Drive, Edgmond, Newport, TF10 8JZ.

Member pitch

Don’t change a winning team. At last years’ event 12 members delivered a ‘member pitch’: a 3-minute pitch to introduce their organisations to and engage with other Agri-EPI members. This year, the member pitch returns. When you register, don’t forget to mark your interest for this particular part of the programme. This is a separate field in the registration form.

Technology demonstration

New this year is the opportunity for members to live demonstrate cutting-edge technology in the exhibition area. This is part of the late afternoon programme between 3-4PM. Please check the relevant field in the registration form, where you can explain in more detail which technology you wish to demonstrate. Relevance and space capacity are factors to consider, before we can confirm a plot.

Programme

9.30 REGISTRATION AND COFFEE

Session 1

10.00 – Welcome
10.10 – Overview of recent developments at Agri-EPI Centre – Dave Ross, CEO Agri-EPI Centre
10.30 – Innovate UK Funding opportunities – David Telford, KTN
10.45 – European Funding opportunities
11:00 – Member pitches
11.30 – Update on cutting-edge Precision Agriculture projects

12.00 – NETWORKING LUNCH

Session 2

13.00 – Member pitches
13.30 – Update on cutting-edge Precision Agriculture projects
14.00 – Tour of Agri-EPI capabilities and innovation R&D incentives
15.00 – Agri-EPI Centre drop-in sessions, technology demonstrations and networking

16.00 CLOSE

 

About the Midlands Agri-Tech Innovation Hub

This innovation hub is supporting the development, testing and sharing of agri-technologies, with a focus on encouraging farmer uptake. The location provides company incubation facilities and fully serviced office space. On site there is also the Agri-EPI Midlands Dairy Research Centre. This Dairy Centre is managed by Harper Adams University, exploring the use of next generation dairy technology to understand dairy cow behaviour and welfare.

Conditions of registration

  • Places at this event are strictly limited for members only. Non-member organisations will be asked to join our membership for a minimum of one year. Membership needs to be confirmed one week before the event takes place.
  • There is an optional visit to the Midlands Dairy Research Centre on site, which is operated by Harper Adams University. Members can mark their interest for this part of the programme in the registration form.
  • There is limited space capacity, we can only accommodate a certain amount of attendees. If we exceed the maximum, we will look into the possibility of limiting the registration to one individual per organisation as we get closer to the event. We will co-ordinate this directly with members, if need be. We ask for your understanding in advance.

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Presentation of Canning Paper on AgTech in Latin America

On Wednesday 16th May, Canning House held an event to present the latest Canning Paper, on AgTech in Latin America. Dave Ross, CEO of Agri-EPI Centre, one of the UK’s four agri-tech centres, introduced the panel in his capacity as chair of the event: Andrew Thompson, representing LatinNews and author of the report, and Horacio Sánchez-Caballero, General Coordinator at GPS, a network of agribusiness experts from Argentina, Brazil, Paraguay and Uruguay. Cristina Cortes, Canning House CEO, welcomed attendees and the panel.

The speakers’ presentations covered the contents of the paper and beyond, with emphasis on the opportunities that the agricultural sector holds for the Latin American region, and how uses of new technology can contribute to increased efficiency.

AgTech in Latin America

There has been a rapid growth of AgTech companies in Latin America, but there is a need for a supportive environment to help these start-ups grow. As in FinTech, there is an interesting phenomenon in that well-established forces in the industry (such as Monsanto) are establishing new partnerships with smaller AgTech companies that have developed new ways of doing things. While AgTech holds the potential of contributing to the production of more value-added exports, the challenges posed most notably by climate change are not to be disregarded.

This article has been published previously by Canning House

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Thought leadership: Innovation in Scottish Agriculture

In 2017, the IET’s Engineering Policy Group Scotland identified the potential application of the ‘Internet of Things’ in Farming as a strong topic for one of its Holyrood Briefings at the Scottish Parliament. The Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) invited Agri-EPI Centre, the University of Strathclyde and Harbro to speak and explain how an ‘Internet of Agricultural Things’ could give the Scottish agri-food sector sector a new lease – representing academia, industry and government. The meeting, hosted by Edward Mountain MSP, took place on 27th February 2018.

Innovation in Scottish Agriculture – the Internet of Agricultural Things

At the event, speakers and attendees discussed how new technologies and opportunities such as precision livestock farming, autonomous agricultural machinery and remote crop mapping could help boost the efficiency and overall efficiency of the agri-food sector in Scotland significantly, while also addressing the more global problem of a rising world population and resulting food shortages.

However, several challenges will need to be overcome before these new approaches can be adopted at scale, such as an outdated communications infrastructure and convincing farmers to move away from more traditional methods.

With a global population expected to rise by 2-3 billion people by 2050, farming in Scotland and elsewhere, faces considerable challenges. A new awareness of the environmental concerns around the indiscriminate use of pesticides coupled with the need to promote animal welfare presents engineering with new opportunities. A mix of parliamentarians, industry professionals and academics attended the event.

Watch the mash-up video that came out after the event:

Source: IET

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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 to create a better future for all.

Pictured here is Agri-EPI CEO Dave Ross with leading academics and scientists including Dame Mary Archer, Lord Kakkar, Nobel Prize winner Venki Ramakrishnan, Professor Alan Jenkins (CEH) and Mike Kapur OBE (Chairman of National Space Centre). The event ‘Towards a Common Future’ was held in London between 16-20 April.

Commonwealth Heads of Government

The Commonwealth is a voluntary association of 54 independent and equal countries. Leaders of the Commonwealth countries meet every 2 years at the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM). More information about the event can be found here

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Successful UK Agri-Tech Centres Capability Showcase

Born out of the UK Agri-tech Strategy in 2013, the 4 UK’s Agri-Tech Innovation Centres came together on March 21st at the Agri-EPI Centre Newport Hub in Shropshire to meet with 140 key decision makers from industry, trade associations and policy makers. The objective was to show the progress that is made in the last two years and inform industry how to engage with the Centres to address their business needs and how the centres can be of service. The Newport Hub located at Harper Adams University is one of three such facilities being developed by Agri-EPI Centre around the UK, and despite having only just opened has tenants waiting to move in.

UK Agri-Tech Centres of Agricultural Innovation

Four Agri-Tech Centres: One Vision

The launch of www.agritechcentres.com was announced at the start of the event. The collective website, initiated by the four Agricultural Innovation Technology Centres Agri-EPI Centre, Agrimetrics, CHAP Solutions and CIEL Livestock, is to set out the ‘Four Centres One Vision’ collaboration between the Agri-Tech Centres as one, unified message.

Programme

The day included different elements, such as series of interactive short talks, video displays, discussions and field demonstrations. Guests were divided in different tour groups, which was part of the registration process, each in their own field of industry to ensure and maximise relevance. The demonstrations were widespread: the latest dairy technologies; LED lighting that increases crop productivity; thermal imaging for farms; big data support. Overall, the event allowed both Tech Centres as well as the key decision makers in the wide AgriTech industry to enhance the network that will have a positive influence on new collaborations and business opportunities.

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