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News round-up, February 27 to March 3rd (Updated daily)

Posted 3 March

Stars of the meat industry are awarded

Foodmanufacture.co.uk The ‘best of the best’ in the meat and poultry industry were recognised last week (February 21) at The Institute of Meat (IoM) and Worshipful Company of Butchers (WCB) Annual Prize-Giving.The Gary Baker Award was presented to Helen Whalley, from Harper Adams.

UK: Free residential event for aspiring crop protection students

www.hortidaily.com The first BBSRC-funded Crop Protection Summer School for Undergraduates (CROPPS) is occurring Sunday 2 – Saturday 8 July at Harper Adams University.

Growing Together - the furture of aquaculture in the UK

thefishsite.com has published details of the Aquaculture UK Conference to he held in Scotland in June. A session on Innovations in Finfish Nutrition and Feed Technology will be chaired by Professor Simon Davies of Harper Adams University. 
See also panoramaacuicola.com

Crop Watch: All to play for as spring work gets under way

Farmers Weekly Interactive. Mentions a potato speciation survey conducted at Harper Adams University

How (agriculturally) innovative are rural places?

Farming Futures. A look at government initiatives to support agricultural innovation in the UK, including the CIEL and Agri-EPI Centre projects in which Harper Adams is a partner.

Advanced Monitoring and Management Systems for Improving Sustainability in Precision Irrigation

www.mdpi.com Open Access research paper from the engineering department at Harper Adams University

Morphing drone takes off like a helicopter, flies like a plane

New Scientist - A low-cost drone with greater endurance than existing models would be very helpful to farmers and businesses that oversee large areas of crops,
says Ivan Grove at Harper Adams University in Shropshire, UK. View the full article

M-Sport support aspiring automotive students

Further coverage in Performance Ford of the announcement from January that Harper Adams Motorsport, a student rally team, is collaborating with M-Sport and will be competing in the Junior British Rally Championship with a Ford Fiesta R2 National. See our story here 

The Neo Race

An article in the print edition of Radio Control Car Racer confirms that the annual Neo Race will be returning to Harper Adams University at Easter 2017. 

Specialist crop to boost farm margins

Cereals event preview on farmingfutures.org.uk including information about the the work of Dr Edward Dickin, crop production lecturer at Harper Adams University, who “will be exhibiting a forgotten crop; naked barley, which is set to shake the health food markets.

Read the Farming Futures article here.

Read about Ed’s work here

Teagasc seminar – growing safer crops for the horticultural food sector

Irish Organic Farmers & Growers Association event preview

Dr Jim Monaghan, Harper Adams University will be speaking at the event on March 14 about the UK situation, irrigation standards, types of pathogen, what crops are at risk, taking a water sample & possible solutions

Full event information here

The benefits of a controlled traffic crop

The Manitoba Cooperator (Canada) reports on controlled traffic farming from the eyes of Canadian farmer Adam Gurr, who was inspired by Harper Adams University's "wide-ranging research on this topic" and ran trials at his own farm as a result. Full story here

Next wave of PhD studentships announced by AHDB

Launching its new studentships, AHDB highlights the success of existing AHDB-funded students including Charlotte Rowley at Harper Adams, who has “uncovered a wealth of new information around the biology and ecology of saddle gall midge Haplodiplosis marginata which can be used to help farmers detect and control an outbreak.”

Read more on Farming UK

Career opportunities for new entrants to the farming industry

Terry Pickthall, agriculture placement officer, speaks to Charlotte Smith on BBC Farming Today about opportunities for people to enter the agricultural sector from a non-farming background. 

BBC Farming Today, listen again until 26/03/17

If EU workers go, will robots step in to pick and pack Britain’s dinners?

In this article from The Guardian, Simon Blackmore, head of robotics and automation at Harper Adams University, explores the use of technology in fruit crop harvesting. [See also The Observer, Sunday February 26th]

The future of rural life: one man and his mega-ranch

This article in The Times explores the future of farming post Brexit, with quotes from Professor Simon Blackmore on the topic of agricultural robotics. 

New NFU Advisor looking forward to latest challenge

An article in the print edition of the Darlington and Stockton Times explains that Harper Adams graduate and qualified rural surveyor Jane Dungait has joined the NFU North East regional team.

The robots are coming (slowly)

Farmers Weekly opinion column by Elizabeth Elder asks "are we going to be replaced by robots" and mentions the Hands-Free Hectare project at Harper Adams 

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