September 3, 2019


First phase of UK national digital innovation farm to be completed this autumn



Plans have been revealed to create a national centre in the United Kingdom specialising in agri-tech and agricultural data management in response to global demand for new farming technology, AgriLand reported.


Dubbed a 'Digital Innovation Farm', the development by Hartpury University and Hartpury College will include the National Centre for Agricultural Data Management and Interpretation. The centre will support the industry in its advancement of agricultural technology, data and security.


The first phase of the 10-year vision is ongoing at Hartpury, with the construction of a £2 million (US$2.41 million) agri-tech centre, aimed at strengthening innovation in the farming industry.


Opening in autumn 2019, the agri-tech centre will provide farmers, students and organisations with access to the latest commercial technology.


The centre is supported by several major land-based organisations, including the National Farmers' Union (NFU), the Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board (ADHB), Royal Association of British Dairy Farmers (RABDF) and the National Sheep Association (NSA).


Russell Marchant, vice-chancellor and chief executive of Hartpury University, said, "This is an exciting time for Hartpury. These plans highlight the scale of our commitment and our ambition to be leaders in shaping the future of digital farming in the UK and beyond.


Our aim is that, by 2030, the Digital Innovation Farm will have expanded and grown into a within a state-of-the-art complex at Hartpury attracting leading agri-tech companies and contributing to increased productivity in Gloucestershire and the UK."