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AGRI INNOVATION DEN

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Agri Innovation Den finalists took to the floor to pitch for investment

Following an intensive round of interviews, our six finalists took to the floor to compete for a game changing investment to transform their business.

Since this year’s Agri-Innovation Den competition launched in spring, we have received a huge response from a wide variety of global entrepreneurs, all looking for investment, marketing support and business advice.

Launched by Farmers Guardian’s parent company AgriBriefing in 2015, the competition invites agricultural entrepreneurs to pitch their business ideas to our panel of industry judges and potential investors.

In December, our six finalists travelled to Farm491 in Cirencester to present their agri businesses to a four-strong panel of judges.

Heading up the panel is Neil Thackray, Co-Founder of Agri-Briefing; Ben Briggs, Editor of Farmers Guardian; Michael Wagner, Business Director for the BASF Agricultural Solutions business in Northern Europe and Dr Claus Hackmann, BASF Venture Capital GmbH Investment Manager.

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Agri Innovation Den finalists take to the floor to pitch for investment

Following an intensive round of interviews, our six finalists took to the floor to compete for a game changing investment to transform their business.  Click here to read more…

Bridging gap between science and farming

Michael Wagner, BASF’s business director of agricultural solutions in the UK, Ireland, the Nordics and Baltics says: “Scientific discovery is at the heart of agriculture, and the closer that discovery is to a farmer’s own land and practices, the more valuable it isClick here to read more…

Sowing the seeds for fresh ideas

Tapping into new sources of innovation could be a key driver in helping agriculture overcome some major challenges, such as plateauing productivity rates and tightening environmental legislation.Click here to read more…

Where next with plastics?

Since the BBC’s Blue Planet series escalated society’s awareness of the polluting potential of plastics, the topic has rarely been far from the public conscience. BASF is one company looking at ways to reduce the environmental burden it causes. Click here to read more…

New developments in crop analytics set for take off

Drones and other image-capturing devices are delivering significant advances in crop analytics technology, but their real potential is yet to be unleashed. Click here to read more…

Farming’s future requires us all to work differently

UK farming is about to experience radical and far-reaching change and the industry will need to adjust its approach. Click here to read more…

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Innovators experiment and solve problems – farmers do that every day #AgDen16

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Can you imagine running your farm from a control room? Instead of being out in the field, you would sit in a control room analysing data provided by GPS-guided autonomous drones and crop, soil and even livestock sensors. Click here to read more…