New Gloucester Digital Farming Network will support agriculture industry

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Gloucestershire farmers are set to benefit from a new initiative at Hartpury University and Hartpury College.

The Hartpury Digital Farming Network has been launched to keep UK farmers in touch with the latest technological advancements in the agriculture industry to help them become more productive and sustainable.

Created by the Hartpury Agri-Tech Centre at Hartpury University and Hartpury College, the new initiative allows the agriculture community  to share knowledge and experience, and to collaborate in carrying out industry-led testing and trials for the latest digital technologies, driving productivity and efficiency, as well as providing essential support and advice to agri-tech businesses and professionals.

The Hartpury Digital Farming Network, which will include lead representatives from all farming sectors, will also further enhance work placement opportunities for agriculture students at Hartpury through its growing relationships with industry.

Ben Thompson, Hartpury Agri-Tech Centre Manager, said “This is an extremely exciting time to be working with some fantastic farms across the different agricultural sectors.

“The Digital Farming Network will strengthen the connection between innovation and real-world practice, and provide farmers, tech companies and Hartpury students with a collective voice in driving forward innovation and accelerating the production of viable long-term tech solutions.

“Members of the Digital Farming Network will also play an integral part in the current and ongoing developments as part our 10-year vision in creating a Digital Innovation Farm.”