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Microsoft ecologists compute future of the planet

Microsoft-fieldwork-webComputer scientists at Microsoft in Cambridge are pushing back the frontiers of ecological research through a team dedicated to improving conditions on the planet, with clear paybacks in areas as varied as climate change and agriculture.

ARM and Microsoft back IoT power play for agri-tech

AgriTech-smart-sensingThe Cambridge-born Weightless standard – designed to accelerate the networking of sensors for IoT – is set to trigger increased productivity in agriculture through novel and widescale networking of smart sensing technology.

Landowners and telcos at access loggerheads

Henry-Robinson-CLAThe CLA is urging MPs to reject proposals that would give the Government power to set the price landowners can charge telecoms companies for access to their land.

Countrywide Farmers takes 13,000 sq ft at Newmarket Business Park

Newmarket-Business-parkFollowing the completion of a speculative 20,000 sq ft warehouse in May this year by Hamilton Land on Plot 8, Newmarket Business Park, Cheffins has secured a letting of 13,000 sq ft to Countrywide Farmers Plc.

Isomerase awarded funding to develop pesticide

Chesterford-2014A Cambridge biotechnology company has been awarded substantial funding from the UK government to develop a new pesticide to protect crops. 

Historic brand phased out

Jonathan-FarmhillOne of the most famous brands in European agriculture – BOCM PAULS – is no more. The leading livestock feed supplier, with major operations in Suffolk and Norfolk, is rebranding as ForFarmers – the name of the Dutch company which acquired the business in July 2012.

PepsiCo and Kellogg’s back Cambridge Agri-Tech summit

Ian-NobleInnovation directors from PepsiCo and Kellogg’s are joining technologists, landowners and growers at the REAP (Realising our Economic and Agricultural Potential) conference on November 12 in Cambridge, UK.

UK crop group buys US venture

Julian Ward, managing director at FineThe De Sangosse Group, a Cambridgeshire-based European leader in crop protection and enhancement solutions, has acquired Fine Holdings Limited and its subsidiaries, Fine Agrochemicals Limited and Fine Americas Inc, in a move to strengthen its international development strategy.

Growing agri-tech opportunities on agenda at first Pollinator

Belinda-Clarke-farmThe growing power of technology in agriculture will be evident as East of England companies attend the first Pollinator networking event run by Agri-Tech East in Cambridge UK on September 17.

Anglia Farmers launches service to help rural firms

FarmlandA new service has been launched by Anglia Farmers to help rural businesses and farmers gain access to millions of pounds worth of grant funding.

Agri-tech harnessed for greater farming yields

Produce-WorldAn East of England agri-tech partnership is sharing in £18 million UK government funding to harness Big Data to boost farming yields and operational facilities.

Genomics boost to grass-crop harvests

David-BakerAn international genomics alliance promises to boost grass-crop harvests.

Moore’s agri-law could revolutionise crop production

Graham-MooreScientists at the John Innes Centre in Norwich have cracked a genetic mystery that could lead to healthier crop production worldwide. Professor Graham Moore and his team believe their breakthrough could have “big implications for agriculture.”

Bionic flies could save crops

OxitecNew research suggests that releasing genetically engineered fruit flies into the wild could prove a cheap, effective and environmentally friendly way of pest control.

Demand for ‘lifestyle’ farmland grows in East of England

Joshua-MillerThe East of England is cashing in on a new land rush which has seen the cost of farmland in the UK rise by four per cent in the first half of 2014 to £8,607 an acre. And a Cambridge surveyor says some bare arable land is breaking the £10k per acre barrier.

Mills & Reeve advises on £249m farm business acquisition

Michael-AubreyCambridge-based national law firm Mills & Reeve has acted for global charitable foundation the Wellcome Trust in the largest and most complex acquisition of an agricultural portfolio.

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