Devon Agri-Tech Alliance (DATA)

Devon Agri-Tech Alliance

What is the Devon Agri-Tech Alliance?

The Devon Agri-Tech Alliance aims to support Devon’s agricultural sector by making innovation easier and more accessible. It will facilitate a community of research organisations, tech developers, farmers and other agricultural businesses so that those working on the ground can help shape future research and collaborate with tech developers to ensure that research and tech solutions are practical and relevant. It also aims to facilitate collaborations and provide spaces for discussion and knowledge transfer.

How does the Alliance benefit me?

Members will be able to talk to other farmers and agricultural businesses about what works (and what doesn’t!) and members will hear first-hand from research organisations and tech developers about opportunities and new ways of doing things. It could lead to collaborative opportunities to test new ideas, feedback on new technology and help design future research. 

How can I become an Alliance member?

If you are a farmer, landowner, research organisation or tech developer, you can join for free!

To become a member or find out more, please contact us

Email data@devon.gov.uk

Spotlight Events

The Alliance is hosting a series of specialist workshops, following the Farm Innovation Event, called the Spotlight Events. These events are designed to connect agricultural businesses (including aquaculture, farming, forestry, horticulture) with agri-tech developers and research organisations (including universities, and other academic institutions) so that Alliance members can exchange ideas and collaborate to identify challenges and opportunities, design, develop, test and feedback to stimulate innovation, new ideas and opportunities.

The workshops are listed below.

‘Roots to Market’

This workshop is designed to support local producers through an on-farm experience that demonstrates unique routes to market. There will also be a chance to identify digital solutions to develop your farming business. This free workshop aims to showcase holistic farm businesses, and promote local food production within Devon.

Details of this workshop are below:

  • Time: 11am to 2pm
  • Date: Thursday 23rd February 2023
  • Location: Piper’s Farm, Cullompton, Devon, EX15 1SD

To read more or to register onto the ‘Roots to Market’ workshop, please click the button below

Register onto the ‘Roots to Market’ workshop

Net Zero

This workshop provides an on-farm experience at Taw Valley Microgreens. Their micro business demonstrates a replicable and scalable model that can support local producers and explore potential renewable energy solutions, and decarbonisation planning and overall how Agri-Tech can help to improve farm sustainability.

Details of this workshop are below:
  • Time: 11am to 2:30pm
  • Date: Tuesday 14th March 2023
  • Location: Taw Valley Microgreens, High Bickington, EX37 9BG

To read more or to register onto the Net Zero workshop, please click the button below

Register onto the Net Zero event

Farm Innovation Toolkit

A free workshop to learn more about the Farm Innovation Toolkit, developed by Duchy College, that provides options for innovation and technology for your unique farm business. Details of this workshop will be shared in due course.

Mapping, sensors, and applications

A free workshop to help you learn how remote sensing technologies and applications can help benefit your farming business. In collaboration with the Satellite Catapult’s Environmental Living Lab. Details of this workshop will be shared in due course.

The history of the Devon Agri-Tech Alliance

Devon Agri-Tech Accelerator

The Devon Agri-Tech Alliance is the legacy of the Devon Agri-Tech Accelerator project, which aimed to support agri-tech businesses with their innovations and to create a community between agri-tech businesses and farms.  To read more about the Devon Agri-Tech Accelerator project and what the project featured, please access the website on the link below.

Devon Agri-Tech Accelerator website

Part of supporting agri-tech businesses with their innovations was to develop an understanding of how many farms currently utilise technology, what opportunities may be around the corner and what Agri-Tech developers we have within Devon. The research element was run by the University of Plymouth, and the findings of the research can be found below.

DATA Sector Research and Mapping Report

Part of the support provided through the Accelerator was the provision of the Knowledge Exchange and Voucher scheme grant, which could be used to support the development of agri-tech installation on Devon farms. The video below provides an overview of How Now Dairy, the first carbon negative dairy and milk delivery in the UK, based in the heart of the South Hams, who was one of the recipients for the Knowledge Exchange and Voucher Scheme grants delivered by the Devon Agri-Tech Accelerator Project, funded through Community Renewal Funding. The case study was filmed by Rowe Films and commissioned by the Devon Agri-Tech Alliance.

The launch of the Devon Agri-Tech Alliance

The Alliance formally launched at the Farm Innovation Event on the 18th of November 2022 , where over 70 attendees – which featured farmers, agri-tech developers, and research organisations from across Devon, were able to hear about the latest developments in Devon’s agri-tech sector and were able to hear first-hand about the various successes of the Devon Agri-Tech Accelerator project, and to learn about the next pioneering development in Devon’s agri-tech sector, the Devon Agri-Tech Alliance.

Attendees at the Farm Innovation Event
Attendees at the Farm Innovation Event

The Alliance is the resulting community created through the Accelerator. The Agri-Tech Alliance is a place where farmers and Agri-Tech businesses can connect and communicate. Agri-Tech companies can share their innovations directly with farmers and landowners. Farmers can also communicate with other farms that have similar land types or users who have had experience using a type of Agri-Tech, to see what effect it has had on a similar farm to theirs.

Previous Spotlight Events

Slurry Infrastructure Grant: Info & Advice Workshops

The Alliance worked with Business Information Point to run two free workshops to help understand the Slurry Infrastructure Grant that will help livestock farmers in England to improve or expand their slurry storage capacity to 6 months and also fund the fitting of impermeable covers on grant-funded stores. The workshops provided more information about the grant, and discussed the the application process, explaining why you should apply even if your farm is not in a priority area. The first round of grant applications are due on 31st January 2023.

Contact us

If you have any questions about the project, or want to express your interest in any part of the project, please contact us

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