The Gloucestershire Agri-tech Partnership makes a great impression at the Low Carbon Agriculture Show

6 March 2023

The invest in Gloucestershire team along with members of the newly formed Gloucestershire Agri-tech Partnership (GAPT) were proud to exhibit at the recent Low Carbon Agriculture Show 2023) at Stoneleigh Park.

The recent expo showcased low carbon technology practices, energy solutions and a high calibre environmental business conference programme.  

The event provided many solutions and valuable key note presentations endorsing a brighter sustainable future for farming and agriculture. The event explored ways to address climate change through the generation of renewable energy, the implementation of low carbon technology and best practice in both carbon and environmental land management. The UK is committed to achieving Net Zero greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 2050 and the agricultural sector is uniquely placed to be part of the solution.

This well patronised event provided a great launchpad for the newly formed Gloucestershire Agriculture Partnership and for the group to talk to participants and fellow exhibitors about the future vision for agri-tech in Gloucestershire. Particularly its commitment to supporting net zero through actively seeking out innovation and those tech businesses that can help develop solutions for the future of sustainable farming and food production.

The partnership aims to provide 360 degrees of support for scaleups and established agribusinesses. It also aims to provide a platform for innovation, research and development for future sustainable farming & food production practices.

The event featured high quality conference sessions tackling real time challenges for farming and agriculture. Ben Thompson, Agritech Project Manager from Hartpury University and College and Sarah Carr, Head of Business Innovation and Growth at Farm 491 at the Royal Agricultural University hosted a presentation in the Farm Technology Theatre where they addressed the perception gap in agri-tech and proposed ways to engage and improve awareness to facilitate growth through technology.

Phil Clement, Head of Inward Investment said; ‘It was very encouraging to see a range of new technology being showcased at the event that will support our drive to a net zero economy and will stimulate the drive for sustainable growth in the sector. This was the perfect platform for the newly formed Gloucestershire Agri-tech Partnership to come together and provide insights into the progressive opportunities available in the county. Our colleagues Ben Thompson from Hartpury University and College and Sarah Carr from Farm 491 gave a great overview of some of the barriers to the adoption of new technology and the ways to overcome this.’

The Inward investment team and the Gloucestershire Agri-tech Partnership look forward to continuing dialogue with contacts made at the show and look forward to attending further events together in the coming year.

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