Calling Agri Innovators to attend the National Ploughing Championships

Innovation AreThe National Ploughing Championships is one of Europe’s largest outdoor agricultural trade exhibitions. 2016 saw the most successful Championships ever with 283,000 attendees and over 1,700 delighted exhibitors. The 86th National Ploughing Championships will take place in Screggan, Tullamore, Co. Offaly from September 19th-21st 2017. The Innovation Arena this year is located right in the center of the action, guaranteeing a strong footfall of visitors.

The NPA Innovation Arena is the ideal place to demonstrate ground-breaking developments, whether they are back-yard inventions or professional innovations, to thousands of Innovation Arena visitors. Innovators from the following industry sectors are encouraged to enter: dairy and dry-stock farming, horticulture, information and communication technology, cloud and mobile based software, animal health and genetics, water and waste management, environment and clean-tech, animal and farm management, farm safety and leading research. With a range of categories in which to enter, and a competition structure that supports Irish ingenuity at all levels, The Innovation Arena is the perfect place to launch your new innovations.

Changes for 2017

  • This year sees a bigger international involvement in the Innovation Arena, with buyers from across the world attending the event. A dedicated seminar will allow our clients in Enterprise Ireland and potential innovators, to learn about the potential for growth in the global market. Specialist speakers will deliver short presentations on what they see as the potential for Irish products from New York to Sydney.
  • Finalists to the event will receive complimentary access to all the informative seminars running in the Arena throughout the 3 days. Topics will include ‘Brexit, Innovation and Funding, Careers in Agri-Innovation, and the Global Market seminar.
  • The structure of the Arena has also changed, to an all indoor event, with the biggest ever Innovation Marquee allowing the pride of Irish machinery manufacturing innovation to be showcased down the center of the exhibit, surrounded by exhibition shell stands.
  • An Innovation Boot-Camp training day to get ready for the main event at the National Ploughing

All potential Innovators from all stages of business development, can apply online at