Agri-EPI Centre Midlands Agri-Tech Innovation Hub
Newport, Shropshire TF10 8JZ United Kingdom 01952570146
Agri-EPI Centre’s capacity to work with partners to bring beneficial new technology to UK farming has taken another step forward with the opening of its Midlands Agri-Tech Innovation Hub.
The £4.4 million hub, developed in close partnership with Harper Adams University, provides a base for the development, testing and sharing of technologies to boost productivity in farming and the food supply chain.
Located on the University’s campus in Shropshire, the hub brings together researchers, technology and engineering companies and food businesses, from farmers right through to retailers.
A priority for the new hub is to encourage farmer uptake of innovative technologies to increase the overall benefits to UK agriculture. Experts will explore how robotics, lasers, sensors and satellite technology may benefit farmers, such as robots which can pick soft fruit or lasers which can target individual weeds in a field without pesticides or damage to the crop. Such technologies are being researched by Harper Adams and others in conjunction with industry partners, to be tested further through the Agri-EPI Centre network.
The hub was officially opened on November 29 2018 by Sam Gyimah MP, then Minister for Universities, Science, Research and Innovation.
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