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R J Rickson, PhD, CEnv, HonFIAgrE, FHEA, Professor of Soil Erosion and ConservationCranfield Soil, AgriFood and Biosciences and Honorary Fellow of the Institution of Agricultural Engineers asks can agricultural engineers help mitigate the damage caused by flooding?
This headline is taken from the Guardian newspaper (Saturday 27th January 2024). Parts of the country have been devastated - again - by flooding, causing damage to properties and livelihoods.
With just under 8 billion living on our planet, another 0.5 billion envisaged by the end of the decade and just under 10 billion by 2050 our ability to feed a growing population is a significant task.
A task that will be tackled in this year’s Institution of Agricultural Engineers (IAgrE) annual conference on 1 November 2023 from 10.30 am to 2pm via zoom.
The presenters: L to R Dr Toby Mottram, Kirsty Pilcher, Niels Kortsee and Will Downie
Andrew Newbold, a former President of IAgrE and the director of Newmac Ltd and Farm Smart Publishing and Events becomes an Honorary Fellow of the Institution and Ben Taylor-Davies(Regen Ben) a pioneer in the ‘regen ag’ movement is recognised for his Contribution to the Land-Based Sector at the IAgrE’s annual award ceremony.
T-Level courses in construction, engineering and manufacturing were launched in 2021 and the Technical Qualifications for Agriculture, Land Management and Production, which includes land-based engineering, will go live from September 2023.
Pentair Hypro a supplier of pumps, nozzles and sprayer components to sprayer manufacturers and distributors around the world, has won the Ivel Award for best new product or environmental innovation at LAMMA 2023.
Presenting the award at LAMMA Charlie Nicklin CEO of IAgrE said:
“Safely handling agricultural chemicals has been an industry challenge for many years, not only from an operator safety perspective, but also making sure we’re mindful of waste, recycling and the effect on the environment.
What can engineers do about soil health? The answer is everything and this year’s IAgrE Landwards conference will explore how soil management technologies will change the way we farm the land to produce food.
The conference takes place on 1st November at the Peterborough Suite, East of England Conference Centre in Peterborough.
From 18 to 22 July 2022 the Farm Safety Foundation – or Yellow Wellies as they are known – will hold their tenth annual Farm Safety Week, a campaign which brings together five countries over five days with one simple goal – to encourage everyone in the industry to make our farms safer places to live and work.
Independent research tells us that registered engineers are more successful in their careers than those that are non-registered. Not only can you earn more, but professional registration also gives you enhanced status and demonstrates your commitment to your profession and your career development.
Three IAgrE members, who are experts in their own field, have received awards for their outstanding contribution to the land-based sector at a ceremony held at the Claas UK headquarters in Little Saxham, Suffolk.
Steve Constable managing director of Spaldings Limited is the new President of IAgrE.
Steve has worked for Spaldings for 32 years and was previously operations director before being appointed managing director in 2019.
The Institution of Agricultural Engineers (IAgrE) is supporting this year’s Farm Safety Week (14 18 February) organised by leading farming charity the Farm Safety Foundation.
This week marks the 5th annual Mind Your Head week, raising awareness of the challenges facing the UK’s farming industry and the numbers of farmers and farm workers that might be struggling with poor mental health right now.
What will a fossil fuel free farm look like in 2030, how will methane tractors support the road to a carbon neutral farming cycle, what are the benefits and pitfalls of future fuels and what are the challenges of achieving Net Zero by 2040?
These are just a few of the topics that will be covered in the Institution of Agricultural Engineers annual conference on-line on Wednesday 3 November 2021 from 10 am to 2.30pm – Future Fuels in Agriculture.
Top left Caroline Drummond, Nick Royal, Jarno Ratia underneath Alistair Walshaw, Jon Swain and Andy Newbold
The Institution of Agricultural Engineers is supporting this year’s Farm Safety Week (19 23 July) organised by leading farming charity the Farm Safety Foundation encouraging the farming community to rethink risk so we can finally start to reduce the number of life changing and life ending incidents happening on UK and Ireland’s farms.
IAgrE Fellow Jane Rickson, Professor of Soil Erosion and Conservation at Cranfield Soil and Agrifood Institute, Cranfield University, has been honoured with a Top 50 Women in Engineering Award from the Women’s Engineering Society.
The awards are a UK event linked to International Women in Engineering Day (INWED) which takes place on the 23rd June each year.
A new report calls on government to invest £40 million in improving access to careers provision for students in schools and colleges in England to enable more young people to understand the opportunities available in science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) careers and so support the drive to build back better and ’level up’ across the UK in a post-Covid world.
The Engineering Council (EC) has renewed IAgrE’s professional licences for a further 5 years.
The EC licence is granted to Professional Engineering Institutions to authorise them to assess applicants for inclusion on the Engineering Council’s register of professional engineers and technicians. The licence gives IAgrE the authority to assess the competence and commitment of candidates for registration as chartered engineer, incorporated engineer and engineering technicians to qualified members.
Trevor Tyrrell, Senior Vice President (Western Europe & Oceania) and CEO CLAAS UK, has been presented with the prestigious IAgrE 2021 Team Achievement Award at a ceremony held on-line last night.
This award is presented in recognition of successful teamwork and demonstrates what can be achieved with collaboration.
IAgrE is encouraging farmers and those living and working in agriculture to start putting their mental health first.
“We are supporting the fourth annual Mind Your Head campaign (15 19 February) organised by farming charity the Farm Safety Foundation. The campaign is aimed at raising awareness of an issue that few in the industry want to talk about but that affects one in four people in the world at some point in their lives,” said IAgrE CEO Charlie Nicklin.
The Institution of Agricultural Engineers (IAgrE) has announced the launch of the Registered Environmental Practitioner (REnvP) registrations in partnership with The Society for the Environment. This is a huge step forward to ensure high standards of professionalism and proven competence are met by those working to enhance and protect the environment across every sector.
The Institution of Agricultural Engineers (AgrE) is experiencing a high rate of enquiries for membership and a big increase in members applying for professional registration.
Landbased engineering businesses’ need to invest more in their people and not leave all the responsibility to the government, was one of the many opinions expressed at the recent Institution of Agricultural Engineers (IAgrE) virtual conference.
Charlie Nicklin joins IAgrE after 24 years with JCB in design and manufacture. A Chartered Engineer, Charlie has held various senior leadership roles at JCB which included Chief Engineer for backhoe loaders and the Fastrac tractor range and Engineering Lead for Loadall products.
This year’s conference will follow a virtual format with a series of webinars, online via You Tube and Zooms, posted regularly on the IAgrE web site. The conference will cumulate in a virtual meeting on 4 November 2020 at which all the speakers will field questions from delegates.
Paul Hemingway, who held various management roles at JCB retiring in 2018, has become the new President of IAgrE.
J C Machinery has been awarded the IAgrE Ivel Award at LAMMA 2020 for the Vredo Crop Drill System (CDS).
The innovation was presented because the CDS demonstrated a clear ability to be used in a wide rotation of grasses and cereal crops, extending the machine's use, reducing establishment fuel costs and promoting soil health.
We are witnessing some of the worse flooding on record in the UK, with damage costing the country up to £1.2 billion a year because of erosion, compaction and loss of organic matter.
Jane Rickson President of IAgrE takes a look at what's happening in our fields and why healthy soils can help in the fight against flooding.
The National Engineering Policy Centre, which represents nearly half a million UK engineers, has published a manifesto for a prosperous and secure economy and society, calling on the government to work with them to invest in skills, innovation, digital and traditional infrastructure and clean energy technologies.
Two students from Cranfield and Harper Adams Universities have won industry awards, sponsored by CNH Industrial and IAgrE.
Dr Clare Butler Ellis, manager of the Silsoe Spray Applications Unit has received an award from IAgrE for her contribution to agriculture.
During her career Clare has gained international recognition for her research and testing work involving sprays and spray behaviour in relation to the application of agricultural pesticides.
This is the question that will be tackled at the Institution of Agricultural Engineers 2019 conference – ‘Can big data lead to smarter farming’?
Throughout this century there has been a rapid rise in the amount of data being collected throughout the agricultural supply chain. Farmers are gathering huge amounts of data, for example using sensors and mobile apps to analyse soil samples, and cameras and drones to monitor pests and diseases.
But how can farmers, agribusinesses and researchers gain real value from this ‘big data’?
4 February 2019
IAgrE – the professional engineering institution representing engineers, scientists, technologists and managers working in agriculture and allied landbased industries, is looking for a confident, motivated and resourceful person to drive forward the Institution’s strategic vision from its headquarters at Cranfield, Bedfordshire.
24 January 2019
AgrE is delighted to announce that Nick Barlow from Marlborough is the winner of its 2018 photographic competition.
The competition theme was Agritech in Action and was run as part of the Institutions’ 80th anniversary celebrations.
22nd January 2019
Veenhuis Machines BV, distributed by Agri Industry Solutions are delighted to have won the IVEL award from the Institution of Agricultural Engineers for its Nutriflow real-time slurry analysis system.
Click on the heading and read the full story of the awards.
24 May 2018
Jane Rickson, Professor of Soil Erosion and Conservation at Cranfield University's Soil and Agrifood Institute has been appointed President of the Institution of Agricultural Engineers.
Conference at the Royal Academy of Engineering, Prince Carlton House, London SW1Y 5DG on Tuesday 6 November 2018
Successful collaboration between industry and research institutions is crucial to bring new technologies and innovations into the agricultural supply chain. This conference will explore positive engineering partnerships between industry, research and academia.