Major Agri-tech conference to be held in Dorset

Kingston Maurward College Tractors

Published at 9:40am 11th May 2017.

Government and industry leaders will be in Dorset on Friday for a major conference on game technology in agriculture.

Government and industry leaders will be in Dorset on Friday for a major conference on game technology in agriculture.

Its being held at Kingston Maurward College who've recently opened a £900,000 Agri-tech facility thanks to funding from LEP.

Delegates will include academics, farmers and research scientists.

They'll hear from Government and industry leaders who'll talk about the potential benefits which agri-tech can bring to Dorset.

A 'market place' during the day will allow agriculture related businesses and bodies to showcase their wares. Workshops will discuss current challenges in agriculture and prioritise possible solutions with the networking of solutions from other sectors.

Head teachers of local schools will be able to see for themselves the variety of skills and calibre of youngsters that are required to assist this industry to realise the potential. This is a high level conference with the Department for International Trade, suppliers to agriculture, researchers, farmers and educationalists present.

Kingston Maurward College Principal, Luke Rake, said: "Following recent LEP funding of £900k and the opening of our new Agri-tech facility, Kingston Maurward is pleased to be at the heart of the development of precision agriculture in the South West. This conference is a fantastic opportunity for key players to come together to move the agenda forward in Dorset and surrounding counties to enable business growth and development in all areas of Agricultural practice."

For further information and to register your attendance for this event please go to:

Confirmed Speakers include:
Simon Hoare - MP
Janet Bainbridge OBE - Chief Executive of DIT Agri-Tech Investment Organisation
Graeme Cooke - Deputy Chief Veterinary Officer
Dr Rob Merrall - President of the Institution of Agricultural Engineers

Topics for the day will include:
o    Agri-Tech and Agri-food:  The scope and opportunities of the subject
o    The Agri engineering revolution: what will it look like in years to come?
o    Animal health the challenges and emerging solutions
o    Digital world from robotics to software to datasets  
o    Micro Biology: the miniature world, our saving grace?
o    Presentation - South West Agri-Tech: The south west's drive to meet the funding and international opportunities challenge
o    View from the Bridge - the UK Government's view of the importance of UK agricultural technology and its trade.

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