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4 November 2021

FPC Future announces its speakers of conference sessions

Safeguarding the future of growers around the UK means embracing a new era of innovation in pre-farm gate technology. Covid-19 is seeing previously unforeseen changes in the industry and these have brought many challenges and opportunities. Opportunities that can be built upon.

FPC Future, an exhibition and conference organized by the Fresh Produce Consortium (FPC) in association with Lincolnshire Institute of Agri-Food Technology (LIAT), is dedicating one of its conference sessions to robotics and automation pre-farm gate. This session will explore the potential of a new generation of smart, interconnected robotic and autonomous systems that work seamlessly alongside their human co-workers.

Attendees will see how it’s all about maximizing the potential of existing systems by evolving them into self-organizing solutions that will support the sustainable intensification of agriculture, drive manufacturing productivity and underpin future food security.

Speakers include John Giles from Promar, Richard Harnden from Berry Gardens, and Antony Yousefian, Bardsley England. The line-up of expert speakers also sees leading academics Simon Pearson, Professor of Agri-Food Technology, UoL, and Erik Pekkeriet from Wageningen sharing their invaluable insights. They will also be joined by Pål Johan From, CEO at Saga Robotics.

They will be showing attendees

  • How the latest technology can improve crop planning and soil preparation
  • How robotic applications can minimize waste by augmenting worker productivity
  • How to maximize your return on agritech investment
  • How technology can tackle key issues of farm safety
  • Steps to getting started and finding out more

The other conference streams range from robotics and automation (post-farm gate) to data-driven technologies, from sustainability to protected cropping, and from supply chain waste to carbon supply chains. There will also be working displays and tours of the University of Lincoln’s Riseholme Campus facilities. The event website,, holds all the details of the features. You can also register for your free place there.

For more information, visit the event website,

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