Barley Fields

Projects

Since launching in 2021, we have been working on a variety of projects focused on improving the impact of agricultural innovation. Here is some of the work we've been doing - click on the links or get in touch to find out more.

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Agricultural Universities Council

The AUC are a collaboration of 16 UK universities with agricultural courses and research.

CEIA are supporting a joint agricultural research strategy which will map existing agricultural research capacity across the UK for the first time in a decade, and work with farmers, as well as environmental, welfare and community groups, food businesses, and other stakeholders, to shape future research priorities.

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Farming Innovation Programme

We have been working closely with Defra and Innovate UK on the development of the Farming Innovation Programme funding competitions.

Defra are collaborating with UKRI to help deliver innovation and R&D within their Future Farming and Countryside Programme, and are aiming to use innovation funding to deliver greater impact for producers and sustainability.

To learn more about the R&D programme, click on the link or get in touch with us.

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UK Crop Robot Code of Practice

The team at Harper Adams University led by CEIA Director Professor James Lowenberg-DeBoer are working on a Code of Practice for crop robotics.

 

One of the key issues in regulation of crop robots is the need for human supervision. The objective of this study is to identify factors determining economically optimal farmer supervision of crop robots in the absence of regulation.

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Mapping the UK Innovation Landscape

University of Reading and CEIA have been mapping how innovation and funding effects agriculture.

The study is focusing on generating models asking questions such as:

  • How do research priorities flow from farmers, growers and foresters to funders and policy makers?

  • How does funding in innovation effect the agricultural landscape?

  • Where are the impact flows and routes of support enabling change

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Farming Innovation Pathways competition

The Farming Innovation Pathway competition launched in March 2021 and was the first funding from Innovate UK to explicitly request substantial engagement with producers. 

CEIA produced a guide for researchers on how to better engage producers in their research projects for this competition.