The Centre for Precision Agriculture at Bishop Burton College, part of the Yorkshire and Humber Institute of Technology, was home to the first Future Farming Knowledge Transfer event.

Over fifty delegates from the agricultural sector attended the event to learn about the use of technologies within the sector, with a key focus on precision and regenerative farming solutions. 

The Knowledge Transfer event provided a showcase of some of the equipment and approaches that are used on the Bishop Burton Farm, as well as in Agricultural curriculum that is offered at the college. Three new free ‘bite sized’ courses were also launched at the event, focusing on Agricultural Robotics, Agricultural Guidance Systems and Communication and Agricultural Technology, Data Handling and Communication. The short courses will give farming businesses and employees new skills and ways of engaging with technology to help improve productivity, reduce emissions and soil erosion. The aim is to develop higher level skills and the adoption of forward-looking agricultural technologies.

The event was delivered by the college Principal, lecturers, as well as industry experts who shared their knowledge about the commercial use and practical application of data systems, agricultural robots and GPS. 

Principal and CEO at Bishop Burton, Bill Meredith said;

“We are working closely with employers and industry experts to deliver courses that really meets business needs. We have created a ‘bite sized’ delivery model that is business-friendly and accessible, whilst tackling some of the major challenges being faced by the sector. We already have almost 40 people signed up to the new courses, which will start in late January 2022. I’m excited to see how we can support the sector by developing new and essential skills that are needed to sustain our farming industry.”

Delegate feedback was really positive too, with comments stating; “The robotic sprayer and spreader was brilliant”, “very interesting. Thank you, although we were aware of some of the innovations that were demonstrated, today has really helped to clarify things and help us think about how we can bring improvements to our farm.”

Anyone interested in taking part in the courses should get in touch with the college by emailing servicestobusiness@bishopburton.ac.uk or visiting the website www.bishopburton.ac.uk 

Bishop Burton College is a specialist land-based education provider, located near Beverley. The College delivers a broad range of college and degree level specialist, technical education through hands-on courses ranging from Agriculture, Equine and Animal Management, through to Sport, Public Services, Fashion, Engineering and Construction. The College is ranked within the top 5% of colleges nationally for its Level 3 provision (DfE), as well as being rated Ofsted ‘outstanding’ for the care and support given to its students.