Cultivation/Production, Europe, UK, Ireland

New centre propels Angus to forefront of farm innovation

Four of the most ambitious names in Scottish farming have been revealed as Angus Council partners in a new multi-million pound project which will propel the region to the forefront of agricultural innovation, as Nancy Nicolson reports for The Courier.

The Centre for Agricultural Sustainable Innovation (CASI) , which will have a headquarters based at Forfar Mart, has made a bid for £15 million of funding from the Angus Fund as part of the Tay Cities Region Deal.

Agrico UK, Arbikie Distilling, the James Hutton Institute and SoilEssentials Ltd  are the businesses which will collaborate through CASI  to drive forward  farm-based sustainable innovation, crop quality, precision agriculture and the development of a neutral spirit.

SoilEssentials managing director, Jim Wilson, said the CASI would assist his precision agriculture company in pulling new innovations into Angus from around the world. Archie Gibson, the executive director of Agrico UK, said a new potato quality centre would aim to assess multiples of 300 tuber samples from the field or store.

Source: The Courier. Full story here
Photo: Potato production will benefit from advances made by the new centre. Courtesy Jim Wilson/The Courier

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