Presenting AgreenTech Valley

The plant sector is a strategic economic sector, and considered to be one of the major technological sectors for the years to come, since it has an extremely high degree of national and international development potential. To make the most of the opportunities it offers, it is vital to master the digital technologies that are at the heart of these developments, and to ensure their promotion by unifying all stakeholders involved in the chain of development.

The histotry of AgreenTech Valley


AgreenTech Valley Project – The Digital Plant Valley, created in Orléans, capital city of the Center Region and economic hub, from the conjunction of tree key factors.


Agricultural challenges based on vegetal :

  • FOOD challenge : producing both quantity and quality
  • ENVIRONMENTAL challenge : reduce the environmental impact, preserve natural resources, anticipate climate change, …
  • ECONOMIC challenges : ensure sustainable agricultural sectors,
  • Social and societal challenges : acceptability, business transformations.


Digital Technologies

Sensors – drones / modelisation and decision support tools / embedded computing – Internet of Things / robotic, automatism, signal-processing / treatment and data analyses / Big-Data, High Performance Computing / Service platforms, … these are all mature and disruptive technologies, to provide companies with concrete strategie, strongly supporting innovation, job and value creation, at each stage of agricultural production and transformation : selecting cultivars / crop monitoring / managing natural resources / crop forecasting / food processing and use / urban farming…


The assests of the Center region

First agricultural region of France, leader of many plant species: field crops, market gardening, horticulture, arboriculture, vine, forestry. Leading actors acting throughout the plant cycle, present, with:

  • A strong ecosystem of stakeholders: AXEREAL, SOFIPROTEOL, AnteaGroup, ATOS, ...
  • Academic actors mobilized: University of Orleans, CNRS, BRGM, INRA, IRSTEA, Polytech'Orléans ...
  • Technical and Experimental Centers: CDHRC - Astred'hor Loire Bretagne, CVETMO / LCA, ARVALIS Plant Institute, Terre Inovia, ... Complementary external partnerships: TERATEC (1st European high-performance computing technopole), CEA, Ecole Centrale Paris ....

Based on these strengths, the association AgreenTech Valley-Digital Valley Plant was created in April 2015, at the initiative of 9 founding members: AXEREAL, SOFIPROTEOL, CYBELETECH, JOHN DEERE ETIC (R&D Agriculture entity precision), KUHN SA, Orléans Métropole, University of Orléans, Center Val de Loire region, Regional Chamber of Agriculture Center Val de Loire.

The association aims to design, disseminate and exploit the most innovative digital technologies, serving agriculture and make Orléans the international showcase of national know-how in this field.



Conseil d'administration

Les membres fondateurs de l’association, constituent le Conseil d’Administration avec les attributions suivantes :



Xavier BEULIN,



Christian SAGUEZ,



Jean-Marc DUPRE,
Membre du Bureau



Ioan Todinca,
Vice Président Commission Recherche

Université d'Orléans

Secrétaire Adjointe

Béatrice BARRUEL,
Vice-Présidente Enseignement supérieur, Recherche, et transferts de technologie


Trésorière Adjointe

Fabienne SIEBOLD,
Development Engineer

John Deere E.T.I.C. (Allemagne)



Chambre régionale d’Agriculture Centre Val de Loire


Harold HUWART,
Vice-Président délégué développement Économique, à l’économie sociale et solidaire et à l’agriculture

Région Centre Val de Loire


Vincent ARNOULD,
Export Manager



Daniel PIERRE,
Directeur Recherche et Développement

Antea Group


Afsaneh LELLAHI,
Chef de Région Centre (Centre Val de Loire, Ile de France, Auvergne, Limousin)

ARVALIS Institut du Végétal


François-Xavier DILLARD,
Directeur Communication et Secrétariat Général

EDF Grand Centre

Comité d'Orientation Stratégique

L’association met en place son Comité d’Orientation Stratégique – COS.

Les premières personnalités du COS sont :

Membre COS

Bernard LE BUANEC,
Académie d'Agriculture de France

Académie des Technologies

Membre COS

Bruno JARRY,
Académie des Technologies

Membre COS

Paul-Henri COURNEDE,

Le rôle du COS est d’assister les organes exécutifs de l’association.

Il a pour mission de contribuer aux orientations scientifiques et stratégiques de l’association.