HEFCE invests in precision farming

7th Oct 2012

The Higher Education Funding Council for England is to invest £1.4 million in a national centre for precision farming at Harper Adams University College in Shropshire.

The funding is the first grant to be made from HEFCE’s Catalyst Fund, which opened in August. The council is investing around £45m per year from the fund into areas that address “key policy priorities” and to help universities adjust to lower levels of core funding from the government.

The college plans to use the grant for teaching and research in agriculture. It will develop a building for the centre, which is due to open by October 2013. This will include facilities such as an “all terrain” vehicle simulator room.

Additional funding for the £2.93m project will come from Harper Adams University College, the Marches Local Enterprise Partnership, and philanthropic donations from the Douglas Bomford Trust and the Eric Lea Estate.


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