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.

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

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

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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