AgTech Symposium: July 5th in Tipperary

AgTech Symposium: July 5th in Tipperary


A ground-breaking AgTech Symposium is taking place this Wednesday (July 5th) at The Horse and Jockey Hotel in Tipperary, organised by the Local Enterprise Offices (LEOs) of the South East Region and funded under the Action Plan for Jobs.


The event has been organised in conjunction with Enterprise Ireland, Teagasc, Department of Agriculture, the Institutes of Technology, the Irish Farmers Journal, Agriforvalor, TSSG and industry.


Ireland is extremely progressive in both agriculture and technology and this symposium aims to highlight opportunities that will capitalise on the country’s strengths in the emerging AgTech sector.


AgTech is developing at pace across the country and the agencies involved are anxious to bring increased focus to this area in the South and East, that will lead to opportunities, innovation, connections, strategic alliances and targeted supports.


The morning conference will bring together key industry leaders in agriculture, technology and drivers of AgTech innovation, along with entrepreneurs from successful start-ups, the investor community and farmers who are embracing AgTech on their farms for insightful panel discussions.


The conference will offer insight into the future for AgTech in Ireland by investigating opportunities to grow AgTech, how we can grow and develop ready built technologies to be used in an agricultural capacity and what is the real impact of AgTech on the farm with insights from progressive farmers and companies who are using technology on the farm every day.


Attendees at the conference will include farmers, engineers, AgTech companies, investors, entrepreneurs and students with an interest in emerging technologies for agriculture. The aim of the symposium is to grow, progress and increase profitability with AgTech across the region.


Tickets are priced at €50 and include morning conference, light refreshments and lunch.


Afternoon workshops are optional and free for conference participants to attend however, pre-booking is essential through



9.00am – 9.30am – Registration. 


9.30am – Opening Remarks – Barry O’Sullivan, Chairman of Mid West Action Plan for Jobs.


9.40am – 10.00am: Future Developments of AgTech in Ireland. 

Identify and develop the opportunities and strengths of the agriculturaltechnology sector in the Region and Nationally. 

Chair – Peter Young, Irish Farmers Journal.

  • Dr. Frank O’Mara, Director of Research, Teagasc
  • Prof Willie Donnelly – President of WIT and Founder of TSSG
  • Patrick Barrett Agricultural Inspector at Department of Agriculture, Food and Marine – ‎Department of Agriculture, Food and Marine


10.00am  – 10.45 am: How can the transfer of ready built technologies impact on the sector? 

Ready built technologies are becoming key to developing the AgTech sector at pace.  

Chair: Brian Foley, EU Quality Manager, TSSG .

  • Ethan Cleary, Head of IT Strategy, IFA
  • Frances Cleary  – Tech Lead TSSG
  • Tom Mitchell, CEO and Founder of NVT, Scotland.


10.45am – 11.15am– BREAK 


11.15am – 12.00pm – Opportunities for AgTech – An Innovation Fund or Accelerator?

What does it mean to get early stage funding intervention for your start-up and what would it mean to you if there was an AgTech Innovation Fund set up in the region to invest in early-stage food and agricultural technology companies?

Chair – Peter Young, Irish Farmers Journal

  • Barry Downes, Managing Partner, Suir Valley Ventures
  • Fabien Peyaud, CEO and Founder, Herdwatch
  • Andrew Wood – Chairman of ApisProtect
  • Robert Walker, CEO, Keenans Systems.


12.00pm – 1.00pm: The Real Impact of AgTech on the Farm – hear it directly from the farmers. 

When we apply tech solutions, what does this really mean on the ground for the farmer? 

Chair – Peter Young, Irish Farmers Journal

  • Dermot Forristal, Researcher Crops and Mechanisation (Teagasc)
  • Niall Austin, Cattle Farmer, Director and Founder of MooCall
  • Kevin Nolan, Tillage Farmer, Nolan Farming.
  • Brian Reidy, Suckler to Weanling Producer & Premier Farm Nutrition
  • Michael Downey, Dairy Farmer.


1.00pm – 2.00pm – LUNCH 


2.00pm – 3.00pm – Research and Application – Workshops 

Workshop 1: Bio – Economy
Workshop 2: Automation in Agriculture
Workshop 3: GM Engineering


3-4pm Networking Opportunities

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