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New University of Lincoln agri-food research group to support the future of farming

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A new research group at the University of Lincoln will support the future of British food and farming through education and training.

The Lincoln Institute for Agri-food Technology (LIAT) will tackle both current and future challenges facing the agricultural and food manufacturing industries.

It will work to support and enhance productivity, efficiency and sustainability in food and farming ‘from farm to fork’.

Investigations reporter for BBC Countryfile Tom Heap joined guests representing major stakeholders in the region’s agri-food sectors, who were offered a showcase of some of the technological innovations and scientific studies LIAT’s staff and students are pursuing now in fields, factories and laboratories across Lincolnshire.

In the past year LIAT has secured more than £10 million in national and international research funding to deliver R&D in collaboration with partners across the food and farming sectors.

Its researchers have featured at many of the biggest agri-tech industry events of 2016, including the World Agri-Tech Investment Summit in London, and joined a UK Government trade delegation to India to promote the UK’s agri-tech expertise in November.

Professor Simon Pearson, Director of the Lincoln Institute for Agri-food Technology, said: “The food and farming industries are always under pressure to innovate and technology in agriculture is nothing new.

“Rising labour costs, changing consumer habits and the Brexit vote have, however, added extra urgency to the need for universities to deliver the higher-level skills, technologies and knowledge base our agri-food industries require to adapt to a rapidly changing economic landscape.”