South West AgriTech show plans coming together

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Plans for the new South West AgriTech show are well underway. The free conference will feature innovations from Cornwall to Gloucestershire alongside high profile speakers, the latest exciting research and an indoor marketplace dedicated to networking.

The conference aims to bring together professionals from across the agri-tech industry and demonstrate the vast array of agri-tech innovations available. Chair of the event, Joanna Rufus, said: “It will show the wealth of opportunity in the industry, from the academia to the research and development.”

Event partner, Satellite Applications Catapult, ensures the next generation of agri-tech is provided with frequent and localised data, connectivity and accurate global positioning information. Sonia Pietosi, Space Living Labs business development manager at Satellite Applications Catapult, said: “This event will give us a great opportunity not only to meet the farming and agri-tech communities in the South West, but also to showcase how satellite technology can help the agricultural sector and introduce our Environmental Space Living Lab supported by the Heart of the South West LEP and developed with regional partners.”

Accelerating innovation is a key aim of the conference, and Barclay Eagle Labs is well placed to help with this. Innovation lead, James Trotman, said: “Our Agri-tech team offers support to start-ups and scale-ups throughout the food supply chain. Through putting on targeted programmes, events, content, connections and mentoring we are committed to supporting brilliant ideas and fast-tracking routes to market. We believe the South West Agri-tech showcase is an excellent opportunity to highlight the amazing ideas and support available in the region.

“We hope the innovation on display will continue to inspire new ideas to support the food supply chain on the transition to a secure, sustainable and exciting future.”

Farming is integral to many South West communities, something particularly true in Wiltshire. Russell Frith at Wiltshire Council said: “The agricultural sector is a vital part of the Wiltshire economy, but it is currently facing a period of uncertainty and economic challenges. We are sure the event will highlight some of the opportunities that are becoming available to farmers and landowners, ensuring that the sector continues to support both the local and national economy while contributing to the fight against climate change.”

Dan Norris, mayor of the West of England Combined Authority agrees: “I am proud to support the AgriTech Showcase Event highlighting opportunities for local people and businesses as they move to lower carbon. AgriTech is crucial for our region’s people, places and nature and will play a major part in addressing climate change, the loss of biodiversity and food supply issues, along with aiming to reach our ambitious target of net zero by 2030.”

The conference will be held at Exeter Racecourse, Devon. To book a free ticket for the event visit: SW Agritech Showcase Tickets, Thu 20 Apr 2023 at 08:30 | Eventbrite.

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