Month: October 2016

Innovation & technology to feature at region’s farming conference

Innovation & technology to feature at region’s farming conference

Innovation and new technology within farming will feature at the 2016 East of England Farming Conference.

The event, organised by the East of England Agricultural Society, is on Thursday 3 November 2016 at the East of England Showground, Peterborough.

Joining the impressive line-up of speakers are Gareth Davies, CEO & Co-Founder of YAGRO Ltd; Matt McLaren, CEO and co-founder of Entomics; Sachin Shende, Co-Founder & CEO, KisanHub, and Clarke Willis MBE, Group CEO, Anglia Farmers.

The ‘innovation & technology’ session will be chaired by Dr Tina Barsby, CEO, NIAB – a pioneering plant science organisation based in Cambridge. Tina is a plant geneticist and well-known for her scientific achievements and significant experience in the agricultural crop sector.

Representing YAGRO Ltd is Gareth Davies who founded his business in 2015. YAGRO offer an intuitive technology platform that allows farmers to do business across the major input categories. Gareth set up YAGRO after working in innovation and venture capital for Syngenta, based in Basel, Switzerland.

Matt McLaren co-founded Entomics in 2015. His business transforms food waste into fertiliser, protein feed and biodiesel using insects as the conversion catalyst. Originally from Australia, Matt spent more than five years as an Analyst at J.P. Morgan, and as a Senior Consultant leading projects across the pharmaceutical, financial services and manufacturing sectors.

KisanHub CEO, Sachin Shende, holds a Ph.D. in Computational Hydraulics from Loughborough University. Prior to founding KisanHub in 2012, Sachin managed the development of research analytics platforms for Barclays Global Investors and BlackRock. Today his business provides innovative platforms and products within agriculture including farm and field mapping, field sensor deployment and intelligent irrigation management.

Complementing the line-up is Clarke Willis MBE, Group CEO of Anglia Farmers, one of the UK’s leading co-operatives, linking supply chains from raw materials to retailer. Clarke’s presentation titled Tomorrow’s World: Vision of the Future will be an engaging talk about how farming practices are changing and looks at what farming could be like in 25 years.

Sponsors of the East of England Farming Conference include Anglia Farmers, Bayer CropScience, Brown & Co, Camgrain, Churchgates, EDGE Careers, Opportunity Peterborough, Roythornes, and Trelleborg.

Tickets can be booked by visiting

Registration on the day opens at 9.45am and the conference is scheduled to end at 3.30pm. Tickets include a two-course lunch made with locally-sourced ingredients.


Handwriting competition goes from strength to strength

Handwriting competition goes from strength to strength

Running for over 38 years the East of England Agricultural Society’s prestigious Queen Mothers handwriting competition remains steadfast in the 21st century.

The competition supported by Cross pens invites schools from across our region to take part to strengthen their handwriting skills. Volunteer judges whom are all past head teachers of schools select poems for the children to copy. These poems are carefully selected to include an increased level of punctuation, length of line and overall content for each class.

Four classes are made up from entries of Key Stage 1, 2, 3 and plus a special class which considers the special needs of the pupils. When selecting the winning entries the judges look in detail for correct copying of the poem, the formation of letters and words, correct positioning of punctuation and the overall presentation.

This year’s competition saw record entries of 6031 with first place winning awards going to Kings Hedges School, Cambridge, Cromwell Community College, Chatteris, Cambs and Friars Academy Wellingborough Northants.

Organiser of the competition Gemma Killingworth: “it’s fantastic that we are able to continue with this prestigious competition, the Society feels very strongly about the basic education needs of children and the handwriting competition allows schools, pupils and teachers to enjoy the rewards of their hard work.”

A presentation of certificates and an engraved Cross Pen took place on 28th September 2016 at Cromwell Community College.

From the left. Ella Harness 3rd prize, Jodi Dawson 2nd prize, Ellie Waters 1st prize.




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