AgTech Symposium Programme And Speakers Announced

A ground-breaking AgTech Symposium will take place on Wednesday, 5th of July at The Horse and Jockey Hotel in Tipperary brought to you by the Local Enterprise Offices (LEO) of the South East Region and funded under the Action Plan for Jobs. The event has been organised in conjunction with Enterprise Ireland, Teagasc, Department of Agriculture, the Institutes of Technology, the Irish Farmers Journal, Agriforvalor,TSSG and industry.

Ireland is extremely progressive in both agriculture and technology and this symposium aims to highlight opportunities that will capitalise on our strengths in the emerging AgTech sector. AgTech is developing at pace across the country and the agencies involved are anxious to bring increased focus to this area in the South and East, that will lead to opportunities, innovation, connections, strategic alliances and targeted supports.

The morning conference will bring together, key industry leaders in agriculture, technology and drivers of AgTech innovation, along with entrepreneurs from successful start-ups, the investor community and farmers who are embracing AgTech on their farms for insightful panel discussions. The conference will offer insight into the future for AgTech in Ireland by investigating opportunities to grow AgTech, how we can grow and develop ready built technologies to be used in an agricultural capacity and what is the real impact of AgTech on the farm with insights from progressive farmers and companies who are using technology on the farm every day.

Barry Downes of Suir Valley Ventures and Andrew Wood of ApisProtect are just two of the big guns engaged to speak in relation to the business side of AgTech as they will look at opportunities from early stage start-ups to funding options and the potential benefit of an AgTech Innovation Fund for the region. From an agricultural perspective, Professor Frank O’Mara of Teagasc and Dr. Patrick Barrett of the Department of Agriculture will join Professor Willie Donnelly of TSSG to share their national vision for AgTech. While Ethan Cleary of the IFA, Dermot Forristal of Teagasc and James Moloney of Enterprise Ireland are noteworthy panellists who will be discussing technology transfer on the farm and funding. The afternoon will consist of four unique breakout workshops focusing on Bio-Economy, Automation – Smart Farming, Sensors and Engineering – GM.

Attendees at the conference will include farmers, engineers, AgTech companies, investors, entrepreneurs and students with an interest in emerging technologies for agriculture. The aim of the symposium is to grow, progress and increase profitability with AgTech across the region.

Tickets are priced at €50 and include morning conference, light refreshments and lunch. Afternoon workshops are optional and free for conference participants to attend however, pre-booking is essential and availability is quite limited, for that reason those interested in attending AgTech are urged to register for the event at today www.agtech2017.eventbrite.ie.

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