Kit FranklinAgricultural Engineering Senior Lecturer, Harper Adams University
Kit Franklin is a Senior Lecturer of Agricultural Engineering at Harper Adams University. Kit’s research focuses on sustainable future farming systems with the most notable project to date being the award-winning Hands Free Hectare.
The project set out to achieve the world’s first autonomously grown cereal crop; from planting to harvesting, no person entered the Hands Free Hectare. The Hands Free Hectare has now grown to a Farm for which Kit is Principal investigator. Kit has a passion for publicising Ag Engineering and was awarded the IAgrE Presidents Award in 2021 for engineering outreach.
Principal Advisor, Agthentic Group
Komal's work focuses on scaling the adoption of innovation and future-proofing the food and agriculture system so that it can be sustainable, profitable, and resilient.
Gavin's focus is on furthering the potential of New Zealand pastoral agriculture through adoption of information technology, believing that transparency and collaboration among the agricultural service industry is long overdue and is key to unlocking that potential.
Marketing Manager, Gallagher Group
The intersection of digital technologies and pastoral production systems has well and truly arrived. By working together, the sector can deliver a digitally enabled farm of the future that is better for livestock, the land, the consumer and the farmer.
Chief of Storytelling and Other Stuff, Hectre
The fruit tech sector has become one of the most exciting spaces to be working in. As the global appetite for technology increases, the pressures of growing escalate, and the deep need for greater insights builds, the perfect storm is brewing.
Changes in the regulatory environment, and in consumer expectations, requires rapid deployment of digital technologies across New Zealand's agricultural sector. We must take the current when it serves, or lose our ventures (thanks to Shakespeare).