Breedr: Ian Wheal’s Farming Foundations

Ian from Breedr is a great example of a “Farming Foundations” AgTech entrepreneur –bringing together an upbringing in farming and a career spent elsewhere to change how things are done.

What is AgTech?

AgTech is technology used in agriculture.  More specifically, it refers to new and emerging technologies that can help to transform agricultural production and...

Why 2020 is going to be amazing (and really full-on)

I’ve been offered an amazing opportunity: 8 weeks to travel the world researching a topic that really interests me. 

Intro: Fascinating Soils!

Lately, I’ve spent a long time thinking, reading, watching & learning about soils.  I’m organising a conference on this topic, and the...


Agritech, or Agtech, encompasses everything from better ways to handle pig slurry to using satellite data to measure crop growth.

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Vertical Farming – After the Excitement, the Opportunity.

This follow on post explores the current economic difficulties; and future solutions which could lead to a profitable innovative market. This could be the way forward in relation to pathogen control, reduced wastage (due to just in time manufacturing) and the possibility of more ethically grown produce. It is clear that the foundations for indoor agriculture are taking hold and the future possibilities and increasing innovation are very hopeful, sustainable, and will likely provide solutions to problems of the future.

Gene editing & entrepreneurship

Gene Editing (GE) is a catch-all term for a new suite of breeding techniques to change the genome of an organism using...

Part 3: Innovation & Opportunity in Soil

Right now, innovation around soils has momentum.  Despite important gaps in scientific understanding, a combination of environmental concerns, farmers' hunger for guidance...

2020 A year full of surprises

2020 has been a year of many challenges for all. CoronaVirus led to many cancelations in the year's plans; however, opened opportunities as innovations through business and Agtech became more vital than ever. This blog highlights my personal experiences throughout this year.