A free course has been launched to help farmers get the most out of agricultural technology.

Devised by the Hartpury Agri-Tech Centre, the online Applied Agri-Tech professional short course provides an introduction to the fundamental knowledge areas linked to the use and function of the latest agri-tech.

The course is free to enrol on and offers flexible study to suit busy schedules.

The course content will introduce and cover important topics such as data management, connectivity, cybersecurity and its application to real-world farming practice and challenges.

Agri-Tech centre manager Ben Thompson said: “We’re extremely excited to be launching this specially designed programme to help users and stakeholders of agri-tech to gain introductory knowledge and understanding as we experience unprecedented technological change within the agriculture sector.

“The applied focus of the course means all topics and learning areas are linked to current practice and address the challenges within primary food production.

“From my conversations with industry, I’m aware that it can be difficult to find the right support and relevant knowledge when you’re making your first few steps into agri-tech.

“This course will provide another important addition to the work of the Hartpury Agri-Tech Centre to support current and future agriculturalists in this area.”

To find out more, email agri-tech@hartpury.ac.uk.