Month: August 2015

Agri-Tech East coming events during September and October

Agri-Tech East coming events during September and October

The East of England Agricultural Society are members of Agri-Tech East. Society members interested in taking part in any of the activities listed below should contact William Haire on 01733 234451 for further information.


Launch of new Agri-Tech East Soil Health Special Interest Group

Tuesday 8 September 2015, Sophi Taylor Building, Park Farm, NIAB, Histon, Cambridge, CB24 9NZ

New research has revealed that microbial activity plays a much greater role in maintaining the structure and fertility of soil than previously thought. This knowledge is providing new insights into soil management and is one of the areas to be discussed by Prof John Crawford, Rothamsted Research and Dr Tony Miller, John Innes Centre, who will be leading discussion with input from farmers, producers and equipment manufacturers. The aim is to develop and share best practice by applying the latest scientific thinking to practical applications and create collaborative projects to improve soil quality


 Pollinator: Engineering, Electronics and Software For Agriculture

Tuesday 22 September 2015,

Russell Smith Farms, Elmdonbury, Elmdon, nr Saffron Walden, Essex CB11 4NF

Ben Turner of Ben Burgess sees all the latest equipment that is to be deployed on the highest specification tractors and gains feedback from his customers about what works in the field.  He is one of the speakers at this Pollinator meeting which aims to bring experts in electronics, software design and development, and advanced engineering together with producers and end users to discuss innovation in agricultural equipment. The successful speed-dating format provides a structured networking to share ideas and broker new collaborations. .


 Agri-Tech East Big Data Special Interest Group: Taking Data Presentation Seriously

Tuesday 29 September, for venue check

Visualisation techniques such as graphics and maps can help to extract more value from data, but these technologies are not widely used by agricultural data service providers. This event will explore the most useful way of presenting data to farmers and growers and the opportunities for modellers and software technologists to add value to this growing sector.


 Agri-Tech East Water for Agriculture Special Interest Group: 

Balancing Water Supply and Demand

Thursday 1 October 2015, Russell Smith Farms, Elmdon, Nr Saffron Walden, Essex CB11 4NF

How can farmers and growers increase resilience to water shortage?  Different strategies to water management such as smart abstraction, intelligent irrigation, vertical growing systems and crop selection will be discussed and the benefits and pay offs modelled in an interactive session.


 Agri-Tech East Remote Sensing Special Interest Group:

Getting to the Root and Branch of Remote Sensing and Monitoring

Thursday 8 October 2015, Rothamsted Research, Harpenden, Herts, AL5 2JQ

 From the growing medium to the leaf canopy, monitoring crop performance can give insights into the input requirements. A number of new sensors will be discussed and the speed dating format will allow researchers, technology developers, farmers and growers to exchange ideas that may lead to new collaborations and tools for sensing and monitoring. One of the key outputs of the workshop will be a set of recommendations of future innovation needs from growers and farmers in the open field and for protected crops.


Pollinator: New Innovations In Crop Breeding

Tuesday 13 October 2015, Norwich Research Park, Centrum, Norwich, Norfolk NR4 7UG

 The search for new varieties with better disease resistance, yield, tolerance to environmental adversity, or just plain novelty, is a major global industry. Understanding the genetic basis of plant performance in the field is just part of the story – new tools and technologies are coming through which are speeding up crop breeding and increase the precision with which new traits can be developed. In this Pollinator we’ll be aiming to understand more about the tools and techniques that are bringing new varieties onto recommended lists and how to get the best out of them in the field.


Full details of all these events are available on

Save the date for the first East of England Farming Conference

Save the date for the first East of England Farming Conference

A new conference will bring expert speakers from all areas of agriculture to the East of England Showground this winter.

The debut East of England Farming Conference will take place in Peterborough on 3 December.

Showcasing agricultural innovation, the conference will attract specialist industry speakers to discuss issues affecting farming, the latest research and developments in agri-business. Speakers will cover technical and political issues, as well as looking at prospects and challenges for the next generation.

The all-day event will also include opportunities for networking and a fringe exhibition with stands from leading businesses.

The conference is organised by the East of England Agricultural Society. It is sponsored by Anglia Farmers, Camgrain, Brown & Co, EDGE Careers, Bayer, Churchgate, Safety Revolution and Roythornes.

Registration for the East of England Farming Conference is now open, tickets will be on sale later in the autumn.

To register interest in attending, visit

Building Make Over for Premier Livestock Event

Building Make Over for Premier Livestock Event

The East of England Agricultural Society it’s delighted to launch its newly refurbished Livestock Hall (previously known at the Sheep building) at the East of England Showground, Peterborough.

The original building was built in the mid 80’s and served as an all-purpose building at the showground. The newly refurbished building boasts 2400m2 of indoor space providing us with a modern bright and airy building adjoining the purpose built cattle building where we will host the UKs Leading Primestock Event the East of England Smithfield Festival on the 26th & 27th November 2015.

The East of England Agricultural Society’s Agricultural Development Manager and Show Director of the East of England Smithfield Festival William Haire commented ”The renovation work has been completed well ahead of the original time schedule specifically for the 2015 Festival. The fresh new look to the Livestock Hall is in keeping with our plans for the event, making it the perfect home for our new innovation area -Stocktech and the new look Festival this year.”

Celebrations for 2015 Farm Business Award Supreme Champion

Celebrations for 2015 Farm Business Award Supreme Champion


The society recently held a successful visit to the farm of Martin Jenkins to view his farming enterprise at Boxworth, Cambridgeshire. The occasion was to mark the Jenkins family success in being declared Supreme Champion in the 2014 East of England Agricultural Society Farm Business Awards.

A beautiful June evening provided the perfect  backdrop for just over 50 guests including sponsors,  awards entrants and the current cohort of Marshall Papworth short course participants to view a very impressive and diversified farm business.

Following a warm welcome from the Farm Business Awards chairman, Robert Barnes, the history and management practices of the farm were introduced by Mr Jenkins before everyone was loaded onto trailers for a tour of the farm including the impressive grain handling facilities, Hereford cattle and cropping, culminating with refreshments at Mr Jenkins state of the art home.

Along the way guests had the opportunity to see a field on the farm which has been in wheat since the 1940’s, originally as part of a research project but now kept in wheat for Mr Jenkins own comparisons and no doubt pride in having the 2nd oldest field in permanent wheat in the world. All agreed it looked to be a fantastic crop.

Following the farm tour, guests had the opportunity to view the Victorian long barn , which is a key part of the model farm it is set in from the same period. The long barn is used as a wedding and event venue throughout the summer months.

The evening finished with refreshments in front of the barn where William Haire, Agriculture Development Manager for the Society complimented the Jenkins family on the high standards they have clearly set for their business and thanked them and their staff, on behalf of the Society and guests, for their hospitality on the evening,.

The East of England Agricultural Society wish to thank all those who entered the competition in 2014, the judges and the stewards, without whom the competition could not happen. The Society is grateful to, Camgrain, Openfield and Savills who generously sponsor and support the competition.

The results of the 2015 Farm Business Awards will be announced at the Peterborough dinner on Thursday 19th of November 2015.

Schedules for the 2016 Farm Business Awards will be available in early 2016.

Upcoming Events

all-day NAAC Contractors 2017 @ East of England Showground
NAAC Contractors 2017 @ East of England Showground
Dec 14 all-day
All UK contractors are urged to come along to Contractor 2017 on 14th December and join the only event focused entirely on agricultural contractors. Contractors may be ‘Farming’s Best Kept Secret’, but they must not be …

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