Tomorrow-Today 2014

30 April 2014

The search is on for new innovations in agriculture to be showcased at this year’s Royal Welsh Show.

Following the success of the first Tomorrow-Today Exhibition, which was launched by Alun Davies, the Minister of Natural Resources & Food at last year’s Royal Welsh Show, the search is now on to find exhibitors who are leading the way through innovative research projects, product development or new services for the agriculture industry.

Developed jointly by the Royal Welsh Agricultural Society (RWAS) and Farming Connect and supported by the RWAS Young Members Forum, the exhibition will run in the Green Pavilion during this year’s Royal Welsh Show (21 – 24 July) at Llanelwedd. 

Eirwen Williams, director of rural programmes with Menter a Busnes, which delivers Farming Connect services on behalf of the Welsh Government, says that the aims of the Tomorrow-Today Exhibition are to promote and encourage innovation in UK agriculture and to facilitate the uptake of new technologies by transferring the latest research to grass roots level.

“The standard of the ten exhibitors who were selected last year was very high and we were delighted that three companies were presented with RWAS ‘innovation’ awards by the Minister. 

“Patchwork, an Usk-based company which produces a Blackbox GPS system; eCow Limited’s  farmBolus and JCB’s LiveLink telematics system each received special commendations, but more importantly, all our exhibitors said that Tomorrow-Today had provided a very valuable platform to showcase their work to the industry, and for many it has led to increased sales, ” said Mrs. Williams.

This year’s exhibitors will be selected for their ability to improve agricultural production efficiency and productivity while also considering environmental benefits.

“Innovation and new technologies will play an increasingly important role within our industry and the society is proud to support this initiative which will offer practical knowledge which will be of value to farmers and landowners” said John T Davies, Chairman of the RWAS Board of Directors. “Innovation also plays a large role in the society’s Sir Bryner Jones Award this year”, continues Mr Davies.

“Contenders for this prestigious accolade are submitted through the society’s advisory committees and the winner will be deemed to the best person in Wales who is effectively applying modern technologies, other than renewables, to improve and enhance good husbandry and management of his or her farming enterprise,” added Mr Davies.

For full terms and conditions and to download application forms to exhibit at Tomorrow-Today 2014, visit the RWAS website www.rwas.co.uk/tomorrow-today-exhibition. Closing date for applications is 16 May 2014.

Applications will be considered by the Tomorrow-Today Exhibition Working Group and shortlisted applicants will be invited to attend interviews in June.

For further information or to discuss your ideas for Tomorrow-Today please email
gwawr.hughes@menterabusnes.co.uk  or call Gwawr on (01248) 660075.