The importance of agri-tech: Why digital innovation is the future of farming

By Hartpury University
8th September 2022

In order to survive, modern agriculture needs to evolve and technologies like Artificial Intelligence (AI), Robotics, and Computer Vision (otherwise known as agri-tech) can help farmers lower equipment repair and maintenance costs – as well as make more informed decisions around their crops and livestock.

To learn a little more about this topic, EatFarmNow chatted to Ben Thompson, the Agri-Tech centre manager at Hartpury College.

Firstly, Ben, Introduce yourself…


Tell us, what is Agri-Tech and why is it important?


How is agri-tech utilised on the Hartpury farm?


How can agri-tech help farming mitigate challenges?


So tell us about the Agri-Tech Centre?


Why is it important for students to be able to access Agri-tech during their studies?


Do you help support new ideas and businesses as well?


Can Agri-tech help with food security?


What are the advantages of Agri-tech for consumers?


What is the future of agri-tech?


If anyone wishes to keep informed about Hartpury Ag Tech events and news then they can join for free their Digital Farming Network here.

You can find out more about the agri-tech centre here.

About Hartpury University:

Hartpury is a specialist educational provider located in Gloucestershire with almost 4,500 college and university level students studying PhDs, postgraduate and undergraduate degrees, and diplomas in the areas of sport, equine, animal, agriculture and veterinary nursing, and A-levels.
Hartpury, located close to Gloucester and Cheltenham, is the only institution in the UK with a college and university on one campus, meaning college students benefit from access to university-level expertise, facilities, and opportunities.

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