Agri-Tech Centre Manager Ben Thompson is judge for national awards


Hartpury Agri-Tech Centre Manager Ben Thompson has been appointed as a judge for the British Farming Awards 2020.

The awards, which will go ahead in a virtual format this year, showcase the diversity and adaptability of the hard-working individuals and businesses involved in the UK agriculture community.

Ben, who recently headed up the inaugural Hartpury Agri-Tech Talk Week, will apply his industry experience and expertise to assess the candidates in the Agri-Tech Innovator of the Year category.

“I’m absolutely honoured to be judging the Agri-Tech Innovator of the Year category in the British Farming Awards 2020,” said Ben.

“The agri-tech sector is booming, with new thinking and pioneering ideas created from brilliant and forward-thinking minds, as we know from the strong and successful partnerships that we’ve developed at Hartpury.

“We’re supporting and working with many individuals and organisations that are bringing emerging technologies to life to optimize efficiency and production, in response to the increasing food demands of a growing population.

“If you are developing new technology – or building upon an existing innovation – for the agricultural industry we look forward to hearing more about your product.

“Whether you have a pioneering piece of software, a working technology, a dynamic approach to precision data or an advanced management system to optimise profit yields, this is an exciting opportunity to elevate your technology to an exciting market.”

The Hartpury Agri-Tech Centre, based at Hartpury University and Hartpury College, comprises the Agri-Tech Hub, Biosecurity Building and Livestock Handling Unit.

The unique complex of purpose-built facilities enables farmers, Hartpury students and organisations involved in agriculture to enjoy comprehensive access to the latest commercial technology and digital solutions.

Hartpury Agri-Tech Talk Week was the latest in a programme of initiatives by Hartpury aimed at supporting the farming sector, now and in the future, through access to the very latest technology and innovation.

The Agri-Tech Centre is part of Hartpury’s ambitious 10-year vision to create a Digital Innovation Farm, in response to an increasingly digital world with global demand for new technology in farming.

For more information about the British Farming Awards, for which entries close on Friday June 26, visit

Picture: Ben Thompson at Hartpury

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