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The farming community has entered the fourth agricultural revolution – with more changes and advances set to come in the very near future.

Professor Simon Pearson, from Lincoln University, talked about his work with robotics and the role they would play in the industry, at the Wright Hassall, Agriculture Christmas Conference.

He was one of three speakers who addressed more than 100 guests made up of farmers and businesses at Stoneleigh Park.

The head of Agri-Food Technology Research at the university said that the farming industry would soon be using robots to help with work – but that it was a few years off.

He said:

We are now in the fourth agricultural revolution and robotics will be a part of that – but in a few years’ time.

There is some fascinating research being carried out at the university and across the world and it will only be a matter of time before robots are used to advance techniques.

Professor Pearson was joined by Adrian Mee from pensions firm Mattioli Woods and Tom Copas from Copas Traditional Turkeys.

Copas, whose business had just celebrated 60 years, underlined how diversity – a very hot topic with the onset of Brexit – had seen the firm through troubled times.

Following the presentations, stalls were set up to provide updates on HS2, housing, rural crime, the benefits of more traditional food productions as well as a charity that Wright Hassall supports.

Paul Rice, from Wright Hassall, said it was evident from the evening that the theme from all the presentations was about evolution.

The theme of change within the farming sector, was very much at the forefront of our agriculture conference for 2017,

Our special guests gave interesting talks with three very different angles, but there was something in there that everyone one could find useful and take away from the event.

They demonstrated how the farming industry and business is evolving and adapting as progress continues to be made.

It is something that the agricultural and rural team at Wright Hassall is also familiar with, as over the years we have grown in size, changed and adapted our service to suit all of our clients needs.

We would like to say thank you to everyone that came along to the event and making it one of the best turnouts for guests that we have had.

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