Agri-Tech REAP Conference 2017

  • Date - Tuesday, November 7th, 2017
  • Times - 9.30am-7pm
  • Cost - £125 for members of Agri-Tech East; £200 for non-members (non-member booking opens August 1).
  • Location - Wellcome Genome Campus Conference Centre, Hinxton, Cambridge, CB10 1RQ

With the theme “Today’s Knowledge Meets Tomorrow’s Technology” the annual REAP Conference – organised by IEA Partners Agri-Tech East – will explore how today’s best practice is being enhanced by emerging agri-tech with a focus on soil tillage.
Early adopters of new technology and approaches share their experiences of new approaches for urban farming, engineering as an alternative to chemistry in weed control, controlled traffic farming insights and improving decision support with technology. Regulators outline future strategy. Researchers and technologists provide insights into emerging agri-tech developments.

The conference also features an exhibition including the latest innovations, technologies and equipment, and showcases for emerging agri-tech and for start-ups.

Speakers include:

Dr David Lawrence, Chair of IEA Partner Agrimetrics and former head of R&D at Syngenta

Matt O’Hagan, Senior Agronomist, from Marks & Spencer

David Wilford, Head of Food and Farming Innovation at DEFRA

The key note speaker is María Beatriz Giraudo, an Argentinian farmer and winner of the Kleckner Award Global Farming Prize 2016 who will discuss ‘The no-till experience in South America’.

Further details from REAP:

“Soil tillage has led to soil erosion at rates that threaten sustainable food supply. As a result farming practices that work with nature are gaining momentum. But for the whole value chain to embrace this challenge we need a dialogue based on good science, relevant metrics and consistent standards. At REAP we are looking at how today’s best practice is being enhanced by emerging agri-tech. Early adopters share their experiences from the field, regulators outline future strategy, and researchers and technologists provide insights into emerging agri-tech developments.”

The conference is part of 5-day line-up of events for Agri-Tech Week, November 6-10, a partnership initiative to showcase excellence in innovation across the agri-tech value chain, fostering new relationships between businesses, researchers and government. Events, visits, workshops and discussions take place across the east of England on a range of agri-tech topics.

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