Agri-Tech Week 2019: Events to look out for at agri-food innovation celebration

Agri-Tech Week returns next month with a programme of activities celebrating the technology which is helping to feed our growing population.

A programme of events, visits, workshops and discussions will run from 4-8 November 2019, celebrating innovation across the agri-tech cluster in East Anglia.

Agri-Tech Week also provides an opportunity to welcome new collaborators, customers and partners to the UK’s agri-tech ecosystem and includes Agri-Tech East’s REAP conference on Wednesday 6th November 2019.

Agri-Tech Week is a partnership initiative, founded in 2014 by Agri-Tech East, the Royal Norfolk Agricultural Association and the Suffolk Agricultural Association.

Here are details of events taking place in the Tech Corridor. To book a place at any of the events, visit

The programme

Monday November 4: Collaborating to drive Agri-Tech Innovation on the NRP (Norwich Research Park)
1pm-4pm, Centrum, Norwich Research Park

Improving the resilience of agriculture in the face of rapid environmental change and the use of plants and microbes as factories are two of the areas where research institutes on the Norwich Research Park (NRP) have particular strengths.

This event aims to showcase agri-tech innovation from the research institutes and companies based at NRP around these themes. The workshop will have a series of short presentations and discussions, and companies will also have the opportunity for a stand.

The event will bring together the John Innes Centre, UEA, Earlham Institute, and NRP tenants.

Wednesday November 6: REAP Conference 2019 – Innovating towards One Agriculture (Agri-Tech East)
10am-5pm, Rowley Mile Conference Centre, Newmarket

Agri-Tech East is arguing that human health, animal health, ecosystems and food production are inextricably linked by best practice in farming.

Healthy soils can help mitigate or acerbate the impacts of climate change. The choice of crop and its cultivation can determine if food production becomes vulnerable or resilient to disease risk and extreme weather events.

So is “One Agriculture” the answer? We think it might be. Find out more at

Thursday November 7: Irrigation and Evaporation – The Latest in Best Practice and Agri-Tech (AHDB)
9am-1pm, The George Hotel, Swaffham

There have been several times over recent years where the gap between demand for water and the capacity to supply has become worryingly narrow.

Against this background, this Agri-Tech Week event, hosted by AHDB, is looking at effective use of irrigation and best practice for soil and water management for farmers and growers in East Anglia, to encourage debate and discussion about efficient water use and ways of improvement for businesses.

Thursday November 7: Agri-Tech in Action (RNAA and Easton and Otley College)
1pm-5.30pm, Easton and Otley College (Easton Campus), Norwich

This event will include a workshop and field demonstrations showing how technology can be effectively used in real situations. The event will cover three themes: Farming for the future with Vaderstad seed eye; GPS monitoring for livestock; and crop nutrition with Eye in the Sky/Crop Angel.

There will be a forum discussion and networking, answering questions from group sessions, together with innovative technology demonstrations showing agri-tech in action relating to real farming situations.

Friday 8th November: Baby leaf – a growing resource from Field to Tunnel (NIAB)
11.45am – 4pm, NIAB Innovation Farm, Cambridge

Salad crops are required all year around, delivering this cost-effectively without the need to import over the winter months will help improve the competitiveness of the industry. This Agri-Tech Week event at NIAB will look at evolving salad genetics, innovation in hydroponics, field cultivation of baby leaf, novel cultivation practices and market trends in this interactive workshop.