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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, the base of one of our hubs in Bedfordshire. The annual Stakeholder Day is mainly organised to bring together the full breadth of the membership, including leading academic partners, agri-food industry partners and technology providers. Members get a chance to get personally acquainted with other organisations and build new collaborations.
Opening Plant Phenotyping and Soil Health Facility

PepsiCo chief opens Plant Phenotyping and Soil Health Facility

Agri-EPI Centre are pleased to be leading participant in supporting Indra Nooyi, Chairman and Chief Executive of PepsiCo, one of the world’s largest food and beverage companies in officially opening the Plant Phenotyping and Soil Health Facility at Cranfield University. The facility is a key component of UK’s Agri-Tech Strategy and has been set up to enable industry, famers, agronomists and agrichemical companies to understand soil management issues and to observe changes in crop health over space and time.
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 to Washington DC and the San Francisco Bay Area to meet with stakeholders from government, academia, and industry.

Minister announces key role for Cranfield in ensuring the quality of UK soils

George Eustice MP, Minister of State for Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, will today announce on a visit to Cranfield University, that Defra has confirmed its continued and long-term support for the National Reference Centre for Soils and associated information system, LandIS, hosted by the University. The facility will be shared with Agri-EPI Centre who will focus on agri-tech research and innovation.

Construction begins on new agri-informatics facility at Cranfield

A ‘ground-breaking’ ceremony has today commemorated the start of construction on a new £3.2 million agri-informatics facility at Cranfield University. A ‘ground-breaking’ ceremony has today commemorated the start of construction on a new £3.2 million agri-informatics facility at Cranfield University. The new facility will provide the UK with a centre of excellence in data science related to precision agriculture and will be shared with Agri-EPI Centre who will focus on agri-tech research and innovation.
180516 Presentation Paper AgTech in Latin America - Canning House

Presentation of Canning Paper on AgTech in Latin America

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.
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. Duncan Forbes, Agri-EPI Centre board member, talks about the new state-of-the-art dairy facility in Somerset, which began milk production in late April.

International delegation visits Parkend Farm

As part of the OECD Rural Development Conference, Agri-EPI Centre's Satellite Farmer Brian Wetherup of Parkend Farm hosted a widespread international delegation to showcase Scottish rural innovation.
The Institution of Engineering and Technology

Thought leadership: Innovation in Scottish Agriculture

Earlier this year, the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) invited Agri-EPI Centre, the University of Strathclyde and Harbro to speak at parliamentary event ‘Innovation in Scottish Agriculture - the Internet of Agricultural Things’ hosted by Edward Mountain MSP. Watch the mash-up video that recently came out.
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 between Scotland’s Rural College (SRUC), pig supply chain partners including north-east animal feed firm Harbro, Agri-EPI Centre and Scottish farm technology company Innovent Technology Ltd,

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.
TailTech - 3D cameras alert farmers to pig behaviour problems

Tell-tail signs

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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.

Precision agriculture technology opportunities in New Zealand

Innovate UK awarded Agri-EPI Centre funding to explore precision farming technology opportunities in New Zealand. Although in terms of economic performance New Zealand dairy and beef sectors are world leading, uptake of precision farming technology has been limited, especially in comparison with European countries such as France and The Netherlands.

Workshop Emerging imaging technologies in Agri-Food

Imaging technologies are developing rapidly and their increased use in agri-food could help increase agricultural productivity, reduce food waste and improve food quality. A recent workshop organised by Knowledge Transfer Network (KTN) brought together the Agri-Food and Imaging communities to explore opportunities for innovation using emerging imaging technologies across the agri-food sector.
Parkend Farm @ Euronews Knowledge November 2017

Sensors that make sense: from farming to water control

Dairy farming has been a family affair at Parkend Farm in Scotland for three generations. But keeping an eye on the cows has never been easier. On his smartphone, Brian Weatherup receives automatic emails from the farm’s computer system, that alert him of any changes in the cows’ health or fertility status. The data is collected by collars the animals wear around their neck.
Newport Agri-EPI Centre Harper Adams Dairy Farm

Work starts on new Agri-EPI Centre Precision Dairy Farm

Ground has been broken on the Harper Adams University farm, signalling the start of building work to create a new high-tech dairy unit. The £750,000 facility, which will operate alongside Harper Adams’ existing dairy unit, will serve the Agricultural Engineering Precision Innovation (Agri-EPI) Centre, which received £17.7 million investment under the Government’s Agri-tech Strategy to help the UK’s agri-food sector develop advanced technologies that will increase productivity and sustainability in UK agriculture.

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