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 Rob Alston, Managing Director of Silfield Ltd and Board Director at Anglia 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.

Family farming business ‘Silfield Ltd’ is based south of Norwich. Silfield produces wheat, barley, oilseed rape, peas and potatoes across 1700 acres. Silfield also has a Red Poll beef herd and has diversified into property management.

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Agri-tech news update

  • 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 for wheat breeders with the announcement of a new wheat genome sequence; a new trial for biostimulants following evidence that they can significantly increase yields;  launch of a new naming system for yellow rust that is based on genotype information and new insights into what makes oilseed rape bee friendly.

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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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  • GROW is springboard for dual fuel company

    Published: 24 February, 2017

    Adnams plc is one of the industry leaders that is piloting a dual-fuel system from Diesel Dynamics Limited (DDL), finalist in GROW 2015. The DDL system makes accessible the use of…

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