West Sussex Growers’ Association Conference 10am – 4.30pm at Plumpton College on 9th November in the new Agri-Food centre
The theme of the day is Automation, Innovation and Robotics in horticulture and we are expecting in the region of 150 delegates from horticulture and the related sectors.

We have a great line-up of speakers covering some very interesting topics and it promises to be a thought-provoking day with lots of opportunities for Q&A and networking, featuring:

  • Opening Speaker: Minette Batters, President of the NFU
  • Professor Simon Pearson, University of Lincoln, who will be talking on the “Recent Advances in Automation, AI & Robotics”
  • Joshua Dalby, Ricardo’s, who will speak about “Biomass pyrolysis with Carbon Capture, Utilisation & Storage”
  • Kit Franklin, Harper Adams, “Autonomous Arable Farming”
  • Dr Joshua Burnstone, Fargro, “Digital Agronomy: insights, inference, and deep learning”
  • Andy Allen, Oasthouse Ventures, “The next generation of energy models for glasshouses”
  • Professor Gail Taylor, UC Davis, California, “So what’s happening on automation in the wild west – tales of agri-tech from the $50B industry in California”
  • Jeremy Kerswell, Plumpton Principal, “How Plumpton works to cater for the ever changing needs of the horticulture industry”
  • Andy Hall, Tortuga, “Agricultural robots have been promised for the last 8 years. How close are we to having robots working on farms? What are the current barriers and what will be the benefits?”
  • Mike Wilson, MTC, “Emerging technologies that are coming in other sectors, other industry activity and those that may be applied to horticulture”
  • Anthony Yousefian, Wiliot, (TBC) “Capturing the commercial value of sustainability for growers and how this will change the dynamic in the supply chain and relationship with buyers and consumer”

If you are interested and able to join us, tickets can be purchased at www.horticonference.co.uk and I would encourage you to book soon as it is only 5 weeks away and they are selling fast!