Rob Alston, Managing Director of Silfield, will be at the final of Agri-Tech East’s GROW business plan competition

“Show me you can make it happen,” says Rob Alston

“I’m looking forward to GROW this year; it excites me to see something that could be the ‘next big thing’ in the industry, challenging the status quo,” says Robert Alston, MD of Silfield Ltd, Board Director at Anglia Farmers and Chair of AF Finance – an agricultural pooled collective investment scheme which provides cash flow management for farmers. On 19 June 2017, he will deliver expert insight on agri-tech investment at the final of Agri-Tech East’s GROW business plan competition.

The GROW final will feature pitches from early-stage agri-entrepreneurs looking for their first break into the industry.  In addition to the judging panel, the audience of seasoned investors, potential partners, farmers and advisers will also have an opportunity to vote for the winner.

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Agri-tech news update

  • Smart farming in focus: Outfield

    Published: 28 April, 2017

    Aerial imagery start-up Outfield is only one of many exciting technology companies to feature at Agri-Tech East’s Smarter Not Harder: Open Innovation for Smart Farming event, held in partnership with Smart-AKIS.

    Outfield, based in Cambridge, uses drone aircraft to gather data high resolution data at affordable prices, working with farmers and researchers across the South East to develop services in agriculture, horticulture and estate management.

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  • Yellow rusts turns blue and other research stories

    Published: 26 April, 2017

    Within the research digest we provide a round up of some of the interesting findings announced by the research institutes and also a trials updates. Recent stories include: a major breakthrough…

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  • Reed bed creates sustainable source of water for veg

    Published: 31 March, 2017

    If you buy organic carrots from a major retailer in the UK, they have likely been washed with water filtered through a reed bed at Produce World’s factory in Yaxley,…

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  • Increasing demand in Sub-Saharan Africa for UK Agri-Tech

    Published: 31 March, 2017

    Have you considered the African market for your products and services? A number of smaller companies operating successfully in Sub-Saharan Africa will be sharing their experiences in July. These will…

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  • Future agriculture, improving taste and paying for it all!

    Published: 31 March, 2017

    Stimulating new ideas, sharing best practice and meeting people with challenges and solutions  – these are the aims of Agri-Tech East meetings. We have certainly covered some ground already this…

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  • Innovation Hub 2017 at the Royal Norfolk Show

    Published: 29 March, 2017

    “The agricultural economy currently faces uncertainty, so it is more important than ever for farmers to have tools to better control their costs and improve performance,” says Alex Dinsdale, SOYL’s…

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