We Are Recruiting! Marketing, Communications and Digital Media Professionals Needed.

We are currently seeking 3 Marketing, Communications and Digital Media Professionals to join the Communications Department.

Roles and Tasks

  • Drive and develop the social media and marketing strategy and develop our tone of voice across our communications.
  • Produce and manage all social media promotion as well as exploring other opportunities to help increase engagement and followers.
  • Maintain and develop strong relationships with the media.
  • The creation of photographic assets for digital campaigns.
  • Creating social media video content for various online platforms.
  • Ensuring video content is in line with briefs and requirements outlined in conceptual stages.
  • Handing all data files, ensuring organisation is clear and manageable, and content is catalogued and secure.
  • Sourcing and licensing music to suit various projects in line with the brief.
  • Editing audio to best standard.
  • Involvement in the full marketing mix including; helping to organise events, website management, thought leadership, email marketing, copywriting and PR.

Personal Specification

  • Excellent grammatical and copywriting skills.
  • Excellent communication skills.
  • Ability to think creatively and generate new ideas.
  • Familiarity and operating skills with various equipment for photographic, video and audio recording.
  • Strong understanding of social media trends and uses.
  • Ability to prioritise and work to deadlines.
  • Ability to adapt and think on the spot, solving problems and overcoming barriers.
  • Ability to work in a professional environment and represent the company in a suitable manner.
  • Be available to travel and work remotely if/when required.
  • An understanding of the Agricultural Industry would be advantageous.


Positions Available:

Marketing, Communications and Digital Media Assistant x 2

Marketing, Communications and Digital Media Manager


Job type : Permanent

Hours : Full time, 35 hours per week.

Salary: Competitive

Holiday: 26 days holidays per annum

Please send applications to Emily Stillwell: emilys@rase.org.uk by 30th April 2019.

EURAKNOS: Datasystem to enable farmers easier access to information

The EURAKNOS project wants to reinforce the EU agricultural knowledge base by building a datasystem to enable farmers easier access to information

EURAKNOS is a H2020 EU Thematic Network that started in 2019 and aims to create the network that will strengthen the EU agricultural knowledge base by collecting existing knowledge and best practices from the other 29 existing Thematic Networks. Prof. Pieter Spanoghe from Ghent University as coordinator of the project explains: “These Thematic Networks are a specific type of EU H2020 multi-actor projects which collect existing knowledge and best practices on a given theme (smart farming, poultry, crop protection, fruit, etc.) to make it available in easily understandable formats for end users such as farmers, foresters, advisers and others.” Prof. Spanoghe continues: “EURAKNOS can be seen as the network of the networks that will analyze this knowledge to explore the feasibility of creating a modular database that makes this information more accessible to the farming community in a searchable and semi-standardized way.

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We are recruiting : summer work

From 15th May until 1st August 2019 we are seeking individuals to attend agricultural shows on behalf of Innovation for Agriculture. The theme for this years’ show season is AMR (antimicrobial resistance), and better use of antibiotics across the agricultural sector. Tasks will include setting up show stand, as well as interacting with the attendees to promote AMR.

Hotel accommodation and expenses will be provided together with an attractive per diem.

Ideal for recently qualified and latter year vet students, or agricultural stu- dents.

If you are interested to find out more, please forward your CV together with a covering note to: nialo@i4agri.org by 29th March 2019.

RASE National Agricultural Student Speaker Of The Year Award

The Royal Agricultural Society of England is holding the final of the National Agricultural Student Speaker Of The Year Award 2019 at the Royal Agricultural University, Cirencester on 21st March 2019.

The finalists, from Harper Adams University, Royal Agricultural University and Newcastle University, will talk on topical issues facing UK agriculture.

The winner of these next generation agriculturalists will be chosen by a panel of judges and will receive the 2019 trophy, membership to the Sociaety and an all expenses paid trip to the 2020 Oxford farming Conference.

Students are invited to attend the event FREE.

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Sensor Technology & Dairy Farming

The 4D4F (Data Driven Dairy Decisions for Farmers) H2020 project which is led by Innovation for Agriculture has released a video that shows the impact of the use of sensor technology and how it can improve dairy farming.

The video discusses the project including sensor technology benefits and impacts.  It covers two case studies:

  • Miracle Tech technology, the winner of the 4D4F Award, and brief interview with farmer George Coles on how the 4D4F project contributed to benefit his business.
  • Edwin Voermans explains how useful the ear tag sensors have been for managing the cows in the farm

View the video here


Young Farmer Focus: Joe Collins

Joe Collins, IfA’s Soil & Water Research Assistant, talks about his role at IfA including his work experience as part of the Cator-Gardner Scholarship in the Young Farmer Focus article in the Farmers Guardian.

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Visit IfA at Dairy-Tech 2019

The IfA team are at dairy-Tech 2019, talk to them about  4D4F, NEFERTITI and their projects on antibiotic resistance to see how using the latest technology and improved animal welfare can reduce the use of antibiotics on farm and increase farm profitability.

IfA’s video launch highlights UK success stories on reducing antibiotic use in farm animals

UK farmers should be congratulated on achieving a 40% reduction in antibiotic use in 5 years (to 2017) with even bigger falls in critically important antibiotics. In many cases this has happened by improving management practices which has also resulted in increased profitability. However, this is just the beginning and we need to keep on improving.

Innovation for Agriculture has produced the first 20  in a series of best practice videos looking at farmer’s tips on how they have achieved this – covering pigs, dairy, sheep, beef and calf rearing and this can be accessed at https://www.innovationforagriculture.org.uk/livestock/#improving  . This is a free resource funded by the Cadogan Charity.

Innovation for Agriculture will also participate in a European initiative DISARM (Disseminating Innovative Solutions for Antibiotic Resistance Management). This will serve to bring together industry stakeholders, (farmers, veterinarians, industry professionals, advisors, and processors), in a Community of Practice (CoP); to help identify and disseminate best practice antibiotic use. IfA would like to encourage anyone wishing to partake in the CoP, or find out more to please get in touch. nialo@i4agri.org

Evaluation Of Soil Health Following Digestate Application

Agrocycle is an EU Horizon 2020 project aiming to better understand and address waste streams associated with the agri-food industry. The AgroCycle Project aims to deliver sustainable waste valorisation pathways addressing the European policy target of reducing food waste by 50% by 2030. As part of this approach the project has been analyzing agri-food waste value chains, from farm-to-table, livestock and crop production, food processing and the retail sector – identifying opportunities for valorisation pathways, including: bio-fuels, high value-added biopolymers, energy and microbial fuel cells.

Here is some of this work undertaken as part of an MRes research programme at Harper Adams University in England, UK, the researcher being funded through the Agrocycle project and Innovation for Agriculture being the industrial partner.  The work looks at the evaluation of soil health following disgestate application.

IfA is part of a 7-million-euro project to boost farm advisory digital innovation

A 7 million euro project, funded by the European Commission under the Horizon 2020 programme, was launched at the end of November in Dublin, Ireland.

FAIRshare, which is being led by Teagasc, the Irish Agriculture and Food Development Authority, brings together 22 partners from 15 countries across Europe. The five-year project revolves around the farm advisor community, with the aim to empower them to unlock the potential of digitisation for farmers and society.

The project will engage, enable and empower the independent farm advisory community, through sharing of tools, expertise and experiences. FAIRshare partners believe that by improving agricultural advisors’ understanding and use of digital tools and services, this will enable them to advocate a better uptake of digital technologies by European farmers.

Project Coordinator, Professor Tom Kelly from Teagasc said “Electronic data generation, analytics and communication technologies have the potential to enable more accurate, faster and better decision-making on farms. There is a danger that digitisation and future innovations will be hampered unless the rural advisory community is mobilised to take ownership of digital tools and to advocate at the user interface.

The FAIRshare project has two main objectives. Firstly, to develop an open inventory of the digital tools and services in use internationally, which will be available to all advisors. Secondly, to create a ‘living lab’ which empowers advisors from across the EU to engage and interact with the online inventory.”

FAIRshare will fund 40 different advisory cases that will enable advisors to address the challenge of embedding digital tools in different advisory and farming contexts across the EU. Special focus will be on co-designing powerful communication and engagement approaches for advisors to advocate and inspire their peers and farmer clients, driving a stronger network for the wider and better use of digital tools.

Editor Notes:

FAIRshare in figures:


5 years of project

22 partners from 15 countries

6 998 652.50 € of budget



TEAGASC – Ireland




SEASN – Croatia


Agricultural University of Athens – EL

ZLTO – Netherlands



Fundacion Cajamar – ES

Consulai – PT

Hungarian Chamber of Agriculture – HU


Stichting Wageningen Research – NL

Naturland – Germany

Ministerio de Agricultura, Alimentacion y Medio Ambiente – ES

Association des chambres d’agriculture de l’arc atlantique – FR





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