The Agricultural Engineering Precision Innovation Centre (Agri-EPI Centre) was established in 2016, and is one of four Agri-Tech Innovation Centres established with financial support from the UK government. Agri-EPI will focus on research and development related to a broad range of engineering and precision agriculture technologies, including:
- Robotics and autonomous systems to help reduce labour requirements e.g. robotic milking, or automated vehicles;
- Satellites or Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs or drones) to remotely monitor crops.
- New instrumentation to monitor both operations and infield performance of cropping and grassland systems.
- Sensing and imaging technologies to monitor crop and livestock production in areas such as product quality and health.
- The ‘Internet of Things’; using networks of sensors connected via the internet to help farmers remotely monitor and manage their farms.
The Centre’s main focus is on driving growth and supporting innovative ideas to help farmers and business owners become more profitable and sustainable. Its activity will be delivered through a number of Innovation Hubs, Farm and Processing Centres that will be used to inform development of and test technology, and capture data that helps better understand and solve industry problems. Its establishment was supported by £17.5M of funding from the UK government which has allowed further strengthening of the research capability across the network. Easter Bush will host one of the main Innovation hubs for the Centre.
More information can be found at: https://www.agri-epicentre.com/