7th February 2024
Farm to Fork: Is there sufficient appetite to drive a sustainable food system?

Is the future of farming hands-free?

Kit Franklin, Senior Engagement Fellow at Harper Adams University​ provides a keynote around the future of farming and automated technology.

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Kit Franklin Senior Engagement Fellow - Harper Adams University
Kit is a Chartered Agricultural Engineer and Senior Engagement Fellow in the Engineering Department at Harper Adams University. His expertise covers a range of topics from mechanical design to precision farming and agricultural automation. Kit’s research into “future farming systems” led to the ground-breaking and award-winning world first Hands-Free Hectare project, which established and harvested a cereal crop autonomously and which then grew to become the 35ha Hands Free Farm. Kit was named a “Rising Star” of UK agriculture by the Farmers Weekly in 2017 and was awarded the Institution of Agricultural Engineers (IAgrE) Presidents Award in 2021 for outstanding progress as a mid-career engineer. He is a current Vice President of IAgrE and co-chairs the IAgrE’s Robotics Special Interest Group.