Agri-Tech West supports first Agricultural Innovation Conference and Exhibition.
Agri-Tech West supports first Agricultural Innovation Conference and Exhibition held at Harper Adams University. The conference was sponsored by AHDB and attended by delegates from across the globe.
The National Centre for Precision Farming (NCPF) at Harper Adams University has successfully hosted its first Agricultural Innovation Conference and Exhibition.
The event, which was sponsored by AHDB and supported by Agri-Tech West, started with a keynote speech from LEAF Chief Executive Caroline Drummond MBE. She said: “In terms of where innovation is going in agriculture, it’s exciting times.
“In the mid-2000s we were talking about the social media age. Now, we’re in the collaborative economy age and it’s great to see agriculture is at the forefront of the upcoming autonomous world age.
“We have got to engage the next generation. One way we’ve been doing this, is through Open Farm Sundays.
“Also, who would have thought we’d be engaging school children through farmers’ phones. Every other week, farmers connect for 15 minutes with school children through FaceTime and working closely with teachers.”
Presentations where then given from members of the Hands Free Hectare (HFH) team Agricultural Engineering Lecturer Kit Franklin and Precision Decisions Director Clive Blacker.
During his talk, Mr Blacker explained how he originally started work in precision farming and how this led to being involved in the HFH project: “I believe robotics will have a very important part to play in our future. It’s something we take for granted.