New £3m centre for precision agriculture opens at Harper Adams

A £2.9 million centre to support advanced agricultural engineering teaching and research was officially opened at Shropshire's Harper Adams University by Defra minister Lord de Mauley on Thursday 30 January.

The Agricultural Engineering Innovation Centre (AEIC) houses the National Centre for Precision Farming (NCPF), which will promote and evaluate the use of technology in precision agriculture, and serve as a knowldge hub for the industry.

De Mauley described the new facility as "a world class example of the innovation and agri-engineering expertise we have in the UK".

The opening coincided with a seminar on the use of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) for agricultural monitoring.

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