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Hartpury development will help Gloucestershire lead the way in agricultural technology

Gloucestershire's position as a leader in agricultural technology will be bolstered by the creation of a Digital Innovation Farm at Hartpury University and Hartpury College.

The University and College have announced the ambition to create the farm in response to an increasing demand for new technology in farming.

The development at Hartpury's 360-hectare county campus will play a pivotal role in the development of agricultural data and security.

It forms part of a 10-year vision put forward by Hartpury that included the construction of a £2million Agri-Tech Centre aimed at enhancing innovation in the farming industry.

CGI of the Digital Innovation Farm at Hartpury

Opening in Autumn 2019, the Agri-Tech Centre will provide farmers, students and organisations with access to the latest commercial technology.

Hartpury's plans for the next decade will provide essential support for agricultural businesses and professionals in Gloucestershire and beyond.

Using Hartpury's on-site commercial working farm and new purpose-built facilities, they will be able to design, develop, evaluate and promote their new products or systems.

Russell Marchant, Vice-Chancellor and CEO of Hartpury University and Principal of Hartpury College, said: "This is an exciting time for Hartpury.

"These plans highlight the scale of our commitment and our ambition to be leaders in shaping the future of digital farming in the UK and beyond.

"Our aim is that, by 2030, the Digital Innovation Farm will have expanded and grown into a within a state-of-the-art complex at Hartpury attracting leading agri-tech companies and contributing to increased productivity in Gloucestershire and the UK."

David Owen, Chief Executive of GFirst LEP, added: "Hartpury's plans for a Digital Innovation Farm present a great opportunity to further bolster Gloucestershire's unique position as a leader in agri-tech.

"It's vital that Gloucestershire, and the UK, continues to improve productivity and develop our cyber and digital offer to compete globally."

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