Agri-Tech East

Agri-Tech East

Agri-Tech East is an independent business-focused cluster organisation for the East of England. It is creating a global innovation hub, to improve the international competitiveness of plant and crop-based agriculture and catalyse economic growth.

Address: The Entreprenuership Centre, Hauser Forum, Cambridge
Postcode: CB30GT
Country: United Kingdom
Membership type:Professional Individual and Corporate < 5 (£50+VAT pa)

Agri-Tech East is bringing together farmers and growers with scientists, technologists and entrepreneurs to create an innovation hub that will focus on activities where improvements in crop production, agronomy and technology can influence yields, and on-farm efficiency.

To increase food production on existing farmland while minimising pressure on the environment, we need new thinking and this is driving a new agricultural revolution.

The East of England is ideally positioned to pioneer agricultural innovation. It has:

  • Concentration of world-class R&D in agriculture, horticulture and plant science
  • Prime agricultural land – the most profitable and productive in the UK
  • Innovative large-scale growers/processers
  • Funding initiatives from local and national government
  • Expertise in high technology and advanced engineering

Agri-Tech East is an independent business-focussed cluster organisation, created to catalyse economic growth through improving the international competitiveness of plant and crop-based agriculture. It brings together the world-leading research, development and agricultural production across eastern England, and supports the translation and adoption of new innovations across a range of disciplines (including bioscience, ICT and engineering).

The priority is to improve production in the UK and globally, helping meet the challenges of food and nutritional security, adaptation to climate change, and managing limited natural resources.

Agri-Tech East is the UK's first agri-tech cluster organisation. It contains the business and research power-houses of Cambridge and Norwich, and is home to highly innovative growers who manage much of the UK's most productive and profitable agricultural land.

For more information about Cambridge Network please see our own Directory page.

Unveiling Small Robot Company's Harry

Triple helix approach to agri-tech innovation underpins UK farming future

By delivering a ‘triple-helix’ model for innovation – which brings together industry, research and government – Agri-Tech East is helping to facilitate the rapid growth of the agri-tech sector. Priorities for future investment in agri-tech was the theme for its fifth annual REAP conference, held yesterday (Weds) in Cambridge.

8 November 2018Read in full

Teams of techies at Agri-Tech East's Hackathon earlier this year

Driverless car tech could bust weeds - what can your tech offer?

Earlier this year, Agri-Tech East held one of the UK's first hackathons for farming to fast-track innovation - and the learning points, future opportunities and next steps are to be discussed at REAP 2018 in Cambridge.

29 October 2018Read in full

UEA Prof Gerard Parr will deliver keynote address at REAP 2018

Laying the foundations for the internet of agri-things

East Anglia is one of five broadband black spots across the UK, which is exactly why the UAE's Professor Gerard Parr is driving a unique initiative to create the East of England Smart Emerging Technologies Institute. He'll be sharing project updates and insights at Agri-Tech East's REAP conference next month.

9 October 2018Read in full

Wheat field - trials show that new solutions increase yield

New chemistries deliver industry's first major innovation in decades

Industry leaders will next week discuss novel fertilisation solutions at 'The Ag-Chem Pipeline' event, Rothamsted Centre - where, 160 years ago, the world's first commercial mineral fertiliser was developed.

3 October 2018Read in full

UK Parliament

New agri measures to invest in R&D and tech

Following widespread consultation, including with Agri-Tech East members, UK Government commits that the new Agriculture Bill will be underpinned by measures to increase productivity and invest in new technologies.

14 September 2018Read in full

Tony Bambridge and Mark Suthern

Agriculture is gearing up for the ‘fourth industrial revolution’

The Bank of England’s chief economist recently predicted that up to 50% of all jobs could be lost to robots and artificial intelligence (AI) in the next four decades. However, current technology needs considerable investment before it can address the labour shortage in agriculture. This and other priorities for agri-tech are to be debated by leading agrifood producers, technologists and academics at Agri-Tech East's REAP Conference 2018 on 7 November.

30 August 2018Read in full

Andrew Howseman with Lincolnshire Show award and irrigation

Smart irrigation becoming more attractive option for spuds

A sustained dry period, changes in water licences and shortage of labour are making smart irrigation systems more attractive to potato farmers, according to Andrew Howseman of Howseman Agriculture. Agri-Tech East is looking at smart irrigation in its next Pollinator event on 13th September 2018.

7 August 2018Read in full

Angshujyoti Das, Tashia Tucker, Pascale Martin

Innovation Insights showcases growth of agri-tech cluster

Just four years after it launched at the agricultural show, Agri-Tech East is hosting a new ‘Innovation Insights’ event at Cereals 2018. Around 30 of its member organisations from across the value-chain will be giving two-minute elevator pitches, providing a snapshot of how the diverse cluster has developed.

12 June 2018Read in full

Dr Zhenling Cui

REAP Conference 2018 launched – best practice informed by science

Increased productivity with reduced environmental impacts may sound like the holy grail of farming, but the keynote speaker at Agri-Tech East's REAP conference, Dr Zhenling Cui of the China Agricultural University, Beijing, will present the findings of a ten year national campaign that has achieved just this.

4 June 2018Read in full

The Tenstar Tractor Simulator - Easton Otley College

Royal Norfolk Show launches its first Innovation Trail

A simulator for tractor training, the world’s biggest beet eater and a virtual sheep wrangler will be among the highlights of a unique Innovation Trail that showcases technology being demonstrated at the Royal Norfolk Show (27-28 June).

23 May 2018Read in full

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Agri-Tech East Pollinator: The Three Rs of Plant and Animal Diagnostics: Rapid, Reliable and Robust (Enough)

13 Feb 2019

This event will explore the new innovations in animal and crop diagnostics to help inform early actions through rapid, accurate information.

Pollinator: Bringing The Outside In - Innovating for Controlled Environment Agriculture

19 Mar 2019Rothamsted Research, West Common, AL5 2JQ

Key questions still remain around how to realise the potential of vertical farming in the global food system of the future. Maximising yield, optimising flavour and nutrition, and harnessing new innovations in lighting, automation, plant breeding and systems management are key drivers, so this is a chance to hear the latest developments and discus what is needed to bring indoor production systems to widespread commercial application.