Re-imagining Agriculture: Engineering as the Strategic Enabler
Staff and students from the Agriculture Subject Area attended a fascinating academic conference at Cranfield University yesterday. Organised by the Institute of Agricultural Engineers (IAgrE), participants were treated to a range of lectures that investigated how issues of food security could be tackled with an applied engineering approach.
Chaired by Prof Mark Kibblewhite, Prof Tim Benton from the University of Leeds began the day by emphasising the how the living landscape could be ‘engineered’ to meet multi-purpose objectives in a changing climate. Renowned soil scientist Prof Karl Ritz from Cranfield University then extolled the virtues of sustainable soil management for meeting projected global food demands and Prof Peter Gregory from the East Malling Research Institute rounded the morning off by reviewing novel systems for crop production and agronomy. After a delicious lunch and some networking, the afternoon session focussed on defining current engineering challenges and culminated in a fascinating address by Prof Eldert van Henten from Wagehingen University who proposed a systems approach with adaptive technology as tools to meet food security issues. Students mingled freely with fellow delegates. They asked some testing questions during the open forum debates and greatly enjoyed the experience, which was kindly funded by Linda Furness, Chair of the Research Group at the College.
You can read about the work of the IAgrE here: http://www.iagre.org/. This conference is one of many exciting opportunities that students engage with whilst on their studies at Moulton College. If you would like more information about our courses in Agriculture, please drop us a line now!