A special event at the Lincolnshire showground has successfully showcased how the latest technology is transforming the agricultural sector.
The FPC Future event, which took place yesterday, 4 November, lifted the lid on the new innovations that are set to shape the future of our food supply. The event was developed by FPC in partnership with the University of Lincoln Institute for Agri-Food Technology (LIAT) and supported by Innovation Partner, UK Research and Innovation (UKRI). It took place at the Epic Venue at Lincolnshire Showground.
With hundreds attending, there were numerous exhibition working displays, along with five audience theatres packed with key speakers covering all aspects of agritech innovation, including farm robotics and data driven tech.
Dr Sarah-Jayne Gratton, a key speaker at FPC Future said in an interview with Lincs FM:
"This incredible event is a great platform to showcase what we, in this country, can do in terms of innovation.
"We've also got our Dutch friends here showing what they're doing in the Netherlands which is incredible. There's that barrier of how do I adopt this, how do I embrace this technology - but once we've overcome that- the sky's the limit"
"It's been popular - from 9am this morning people have been flooding in. People want to learn more about what agritech can do to help tackle supply chain challenges.
"They want to understand how innovation can help find a solution to what we're currently facing in the industry - so I think it's really important that we're doing this."
FPC Future was co-developed with FPC Careers, which was also held at the Lincolnshire Showground venue on 4 November. It was developed by the FPC in partnership with the University of Lincoln Institute for Agri-Food Technology (LIAT).
Chief executive of the FPC, Nigel Jenney said:
"The UK food supply chain is facing numerous challenges across the board, prompting the industry to push forward with ambitious developments to guarantee its competitiveness and longevity for business and consumers alike.
"Thankfully, developments in agritech are evolving rapidly, thanks to innovations such as artificial intelligence, robotics, automation, vertical farming and data analytics.
"We wanted to provide a fantastic opportunity for suppliers and innovators to demonstrate these world leaving advances in technology to propel the industry to greatness and, from the feedback we've received today, I'm confident that we've delivered."