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University expert judging best of the crop

Some of the stars of agriculture will be judged by an expert from Hartpury University in the British Farming Awards.

Agri-Tech centre manager Ben Thompson has been appointed to the panel for the awards which will be held in a virtual format this year, showcasing the diversity and adaptability of UK agriculture.

Mr Thompson, who recently headed up the inaugural Hartpury Agri-Tech Talk Week, will assess the candidates in the Agri-Tech Innovator of the Year category.

He said: "I'm absolutely honoured. The agri-tech sector is booming with new thinking and pioneering ideas created from brilliant and forward-thinking minds.

"We're supporting and working with many individuals and organisations that are bringing emerging technologies to life to optimise efficiency and production, in response to the increasing food demands of a growing population."

He continued: "If you are developing new technology - or building upon an existing innovation - for the agricultural industry we look forward to hearing more about your product.

"Whether you have a pioneering piece of software, a working technology, a dynamic approach to precision data or an advanced management system to optimise profit yields, this is an exciting opportunity to elevate your technology to an exciting market."

The Agri-Tech Centre comprises a hub, biosecurity building and livestock handling unit, providing farmers, students and organisations with comprehensive access to the latest commercial technology and digital solutions.

Agri-Tech Talk Week was the latest in a programme of initiatives by Hartpury aimed at supporting the farming sector through access to the very latest technology and innovation.

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