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.

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

Felicity Crotty, Jackie Stroud, Amanda Bennett

Earthworms are soil engineers but soil health depends on many factors

Can earthworms be used as indicators of soil health? This will be one of the themes to be discussed by a panel of experts at the forthcoming Agri-Tech East event “Waiting for Worms” on 16th May at Morley Farms, Wymondham.

3 May 2018Read in full

The hackathon aims to bring together people from science & tech

Can you hack it? Best brains given 48 hours to feed the world

Allia Serious Impact is to host the >sudo : grow hackathon in partnership with Agri-Tech East on 7-8 April 2018.

3 April 2018Read in full

Laura Bouvet, Knowledge and Innovation Facilitator

New Knowledge and Innovation Facilitator brings technology into the field

Laura Bouvet has been appointed new Knowledge and Innovation Facilitator for Agri-Tech East and the Horticulture Development Board (AHDB), the first time the two organisations have collaborated in this way.

23 March 2018Read in full

Forbes Elworthy (Map of Ag) and Patrick Spens (PWC)

Can blockchain support frictionless trade in agri-food?

Experts from Applied Blockchain, PWC and Map of Agriculture will discuss ‘Trust, Provenance and Blockchain’ at an Agri-Tech East event next month.

22 March 2018Read in full

Dr Thomas Engel

Government funding creates opportunity for innovation in food and feed processing

John Deere's Manager of Technology Innovation Strategy will explain how to work with funders at a forthcoming Agri-Tech East event.

14 March 2018Read in full

London Squared, from After the flood

How machine learning is helping farmers manage the unpredictable

Could machine learning reduce the impact of a disastrous harvest? Speakers at a forthcoming Agri-Tech East meeting provide their perspectives.

13 February 2018Read in full

David Burton, Natural England

Counting the cost, value and benefits of natural capital in agriculture

An Agri-Tech East event later this month will explore how farmers can calculate ROI for good land management.

15 January 2018Read in full

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Agri-Tech East Pollinator - Innovation to Improve Water Management

13 Sep 2018Easton Campus, Easton and Otley College, Bawburgh Road, NR9 5DX

Managing water continues to be a major challenge, ensuring the right amount in the right place at the right time. Access to water can dictate farming regimes and influence crop performance, and regulation around water management are driving investment in new solutions, both on and off-farm.
Here we’ll be considering innovative products, services and practices to help re-use, recycle and retain water in the farming ecosystem. With an emphasis on the practical aspects of water management, we’ll be looking at topics such as smart irrigation, monitoring of leaks, soil moisture retention and water storage options.
With speakers confirmed from Verdesian, Anglian Water, the Norfolk Rivers Trust and Cranfield University, come along for the chance to understand more about new solutions to manage one of our most precious and unpredictable resources.

Agri-Tech East Pollinator - The Ag-Chem Pipeline – New chemistries for improved crop management

9 Oct 2018Rothamsted Research, AL5 2JQ

This Pollinator will be an opportunity to hear first-hand about the pipeline of innovative new chemistries being made available to growers, as well as providing an opportunity to understand more about the process of researching and developing new solutions.

Agri-Tech East REAP Conference 2018

7 Nov 2018Wellcome Genome Campus Conference Centre, Hinxton, CB10 1RQ

Agri-Tech for a Productive Future