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Agri-Tech Centres: Inspiring Innovation

The Agri-Tech Centres are a unique collaboration between Government, academia and industry to drive greater efficiency, resilience and wealth across the agrifood sector. A £90m investment from the UK's strategic innovation agency (Innovate UK) is enabling the Centres to harness leading UK research and expertise as well as build new infrastructures and innovation.
The Agri-Tech Centres aim to:
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Join up existing excellence and invest in pioneering resources and research
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Address challenges that no one part of the sector can address alone
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Open up opportunities for transformational change
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Position the UK as a global leader in sustainable food production
CIEL: Centre of Innovation Excellence in Livestock
Europe's largest farm animal research alliance with 12 UK Universities and Institutes:
  • Collaborating with industry to position the UK as a world leader
  • Investing in research and facilities to drive new ideas, innovation and technology
  • Creating partnerships that deliver value at farmer, supplier and retail level.
ACHIEVEMENTS
  • £60m investment in research facilities; the biggest for a generation
  • New facilities and research across all main livestock species.
  • Provision of open access for wider industry use and commercial scale capability.
Agri-tech centres inspiring innovation
Accelerating efficiencies in the way we produce food is more urgent than ever, with food security, health scares and rising prices. Brexit makes this urgency a necessity if the UK is to successfully compete on a global stage.

Together, the four Centres serve the needs of everyone involved in the UK Agrifood sector: From farmers to advisors; scientists to suppliers; processors to retailers.

The Centres, each with their own unique focus, are a gateway for companies and individuals seeking access to the very best science, expertise and technologies. They are also building on existing knowledge, stimulating new research and technology as well as the transfer of knowledge at farm and processor level.

The capabilities being developed by each Centre empowers the UK agrifood sector to lead the world in delivering sustainable solutions, as well as meet the diverse needs of all those involved in producing food.

Agrimetrics
Collate, connect and analyse complex data to drive greater productivity for agrifood businesses and deliver food sustainably by:
  • Sourcing and connecting data that can unlock the biggest value for the Agrifood sector
  • Connecting complex and fragmented data that has hitherto been impossible to do
  • Providing services that enable businesses to build their own data capabilities
Achievements:
  • Pioneered the adoption of new data technologies, artificial intelligence and machine learning for the UK agrifood sector.
  • The UK's biggest investment in agrifood data collection and connection.
  • Delivering bespoke professional services to help companies build their own data resource and analytical skills.
Sucesses and Impacts
Sustainability – Holistic systems in place that benefit all; from food producers to processors, retailers, suppliers and society. Working to protect our natural resources and enhance our landscape

CHAP: Crop Health & Protection
This hub of leading UK scientists, experts and advisors provides farmers with:
  • More effective and sustainable management of weed, pest, disease and soil
  • Precise targeting, prediction and prevention of plant disease
  • Protecting and improving the natural resources of soil, water and biodiversity
  • Seeking novel sustainable solutions to pest management
Achievements:
  • Nationwide early warning pest system capturing real-time data
  • Field Scale Soil 'lab' to test new pesticides and improve soil health
  • UK Agriculture's first mesocosm to set a gold standard for pesticide regulations
  • New facilities to test vertical plant growth systems
Agriepicentre
The UK lead centre for the adoption of precision agriculture and engineering technology, across the whole agri-food chain, by:
  • Providing world-class R&D facilities and business incubation
  • Facilitating industry and academic partnerships
  • Progressing cutting-edge sensing and imaging technologies, robotics and autonomous vehicles to create a new understanding of production efficiency
Achievements:
  • Three new Innovation Hubs at the leading academic institutes of Cranfield University, Harper Adams University and SRUC
  • Established a UK and International network of precision monitored commercial Innovation farms to accelerate the uptake of new technology
  • More than 70 organisations from across the agri-food supply chain and beyond, collaborating to deliver precision agriculture solutions
Agri-Tech Centres Inspiring Innovation
The Centres are essential catalysts for change. They provide a gateway for business to access the best scientific expertise - stimulating new research, practice and technology for the agrifood sector. Each Centre has its own unique focus; building capabilities that can lead the world in delivering sustainable food and farming solutions.
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Logo: Agrimetrics
Agrimetrics is driving ground-breaking solutions from a range of valuable data sources influencing how we produce, supply and ultimately consume food.
Logo: CHAP (Crop Health and Protection)
CHAP (Crop Health and Protection) is fundamentally changing how soil and crop threats are managed with fewer interventions, lower environmental impact and improved productivity.
Logo: Agri-EPI (Engineering, Precision and Innovation Centre)
Agri-EPI (Engineering, Precision and Innovation Centre) is accelerating the adoption of new technologies to boost productivity.
Logo: CIEL (Centre for Innovation Excellence in Livestock)
CIEL (Centre for Innovation Excellence in Livestock) is driving new industry-led research and innovation to position the UK livestock sector as world-leaders in sustainability.
Success and Impact
Productivity
A step change in crop and livestock productivity over the next five years with the uptake of precision and data technologies to reduce costs of food production and minimise impacts on the environment.
Sustainability
Holistic systems in place that benefit all; from food producers to processors, retailers, suppliers and society. Improving biodiversity to foster a thriving wildlife population, protecting our natural resources and enhancing the landscape.
Enterprise
A catalyst for innovation; new businesses, services, tools and products that meet the global food and environmental challenges of today and tomorrow.
Leadership
Transparency across the whole food chain with world-leading standards of sustainable production, welfare and environmental responsibility meeting the needs of a healthier society
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