New precision agriculture course at Harper Adams University

Harper Adams University and The Farmer’s Livery are this week launching their new industry course, Adopting Precision Technology in Agriculture. Spread over 2019/2020, the courses, which is bein sponsored by NFU Mutual, comprises three independent weeks of study with two weeks in the UK and one week in the Netherlands.

The course is aimed primarily at farmers, farm managers and those associated with delivering and utilising advanced agricultural technology in the field and aims to fill the gap between research, science and technology and the farmers who might use new technologies. Delegates will learn to to use information from their own farms/businesses and will have the opportunity to develop a “Precision Vision” for their own business.

Harper Adams University is renowned for its research and practical delivery of precision technology in agriculture. The University is now seeking participants who have or who are considering implementing new technologies within their business but somehow, as yet, are not truly convinced about the technical, financial or operational benefits that implementation can bring to their own units.

This course will provide an opportunity to see it in practice, talk to the innovators, the industry leaders, the disruptors, and assess for themselves the opportunities and benefits that precision farming can bring.

Dr David Llewellyn, Vice Chancellor of Harper Adams University, said: “There has been much discussion about the technological revolution in farming, but not as much practical assistance to get farmers on board with the adoption of these new approaches.  I am therefore delighted to say that a new programme, for farmers, has been created by Harper Adams University in partnership with the Worshipful Company of Farmers, and key sponsors, NFU Mutual.  The course, spread over three separate weeks and involving contributions from academics and innovative organisations in the UK and a study visit to the Netherlands, will help farmers consider how the adoption of new technologies could improve the performance of their businesses”

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John Swire - Deputy editor of Agronomist and Arable Farmer as well as responsibility for the Agronomist and Arable Farmer and Farm Business websites. After 17 years milking cows on the family farm John started writing about agriculture in 1998 and has since written for a variety of publications and has developed a wide circle of contacts within the industry. When not working John is a season ticket holder at Stoke City and also of late has become a fitness freak, listing cycling, swimming and walking as his exercises of choice.