The Future Farming Hub has been established to enhance UK technology development and commercialisation in the Controlled Environment Agriculture (CEA) sector. Based on-site at the globally renowned James Hutton Institute in Dundee (Scotland), this facility offers testing, research development and integration capabilities in a total controlled environment agriculture (TCEA) commercial demonstrator system.
Technology development in the CEA sector is focussed on improving production efficiency and increasing operating scale. However, the multi-disciplinary complexity of CEA drives a siloed approach to innovation. This has resulted in systems lacking holistic integration and optimisation which has limited excellent technologies and companies from reaching their full potential. The ability for growers, food-producers and technology developers to evaluate the impact of new technologies and products on the economics of CEA are limited by the availability of test data generated from commercially relevant environments.
Developed in partnership with CHAP (Crop Health and Protection), one of the UK government’s four AgriTech Centres, the Future Farming Hub has been established by Liberty Produce to assist in the advancement of CEA technologies and research. This capability offers the flexibility to test and evaluate new products, integrate technologies and undertake research into new areas such as the assessment of new varieties, substrates and nutrient mixes, and light recipes.