Agri-Tech East: Bringing The Outside In - Innovating for Controlled Environment Agriculture
Controlled Environment Agriculture aims to create the optimum growing conditions, allowing year-round cropping of a wide range of high value, fresh produce closer to the point of consumption. Growing within a hygienic environment offers many benefits: Quality control – there is less requirement for plant protection chemicals, resulting in fewer residues in the products Tighter forecasting – production can be more closely aligned with market needs, thereby reducing waste Improved nutrition and taste – the growing medium can be tightly controlled to deliver high value crops Overcome seasonality – crops can be grown all year, enabling continuous cropping and also scope to grow exotics Improved productivity – vertical farming in industrial or retail units increases the growing area available for food production Plant production on non-agricultural land – closed environments can be used to grow ingredients for pharmaceuticals, cosmetics and industrial applications This one-day conference creates an opportunity to hear about new growing systems, the challenges, the business case and the experiences of early adopters. Hydroponics to grow crops use nutrients in water. Technologies include: – a deep-water system which offers higher nutrient levels and good ventilation control to provide greater consistency in temperature. – 3D hydroponic towers which combined with genomics improves quality traits and reduces cost of production Vertical soilless growing systems that uses less water and maximise growing space available Aeroponics – a plant cultivation technique where the plant roots are exposed in the air while nutrient solution is delivered to them in the form of a fine mist. Aquaponic urban farm – which combines two well-established farming practices – aquaculture (farming fish) and hydroponics (growing plants in a nutrient solution without soil) in a recirculating system. The challenges of implementing a controlled environment solution. G’s Fresh are assessing the feasibility of converting a large standard greenhouse facility GrowUp Urban Farms share the learnings of six years scaling up its production facilities and describe what is needed to integrate it into the supply chain.
|Dates||19 Mar 2019 - Download as vCalendar|
|Cost||£50.00+VAT (members) / £75.00+VAT (non-members)|
|Venue||Rothamsted Research, West Common, AL5 2JQ|
|Organiser name||Becky Dodds|
|Member price||Non-member price||Please log in or create an account to make your booking. Book Now|
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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.