• 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.

  • Final of GROW 2017: Agri-Tech Business Plan Competition

    Save the date! The final of the UK’s only Agri-Tech Business Plan Competition will take place on Monday 19th June 2017, and will once again be kindly hosted by Agrii…

  • GROW is springboard for dual fuel company

    GROW is springboard for dual fuel company

    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…

  • GROW-ing early stage businesses

    We are delighted to see that GROW finalist, Smartbell, has moved into trials on Croxton Park Farm. The product monitors the behaviour of cows to detect early signs of lameness….

  • Funding for agri-tech

    Show us the money!

    Blue Monday is the 16th January, said to be when the impact of the festive excesses hits home. So this month we’re trying to think positively about what money is…

  • GROW 2016\17

    GROW 2016/17 launched at REAP

    The national Agri-Tech business plan competition GROW is now live. GROW aims to give everyone with a good idea for improving agricultural production the chance to see if it can be made into…

  • The GROW final was held at Agrii

    Robotics and plant intelligence win GROW

    “The future is here already – it is just not evenly distributed,” Michael Lee, Managing Director of Syngenta Ventures, quoted at the final of GROW 2015/16, the UK’s national agri-tech…

  • Internet of Cows provides early indication of health issues

    Internet of Cows provides early indication of health issues

    Smartbell brings the expertise of an experienced herdsman to an automated dairy system. It is able to detect changes in behaviour by individual animals that may indicate that they are…

  • Philip Wigge of Pinpoint Phenomics

    Understanding internal plant signals may help boost crop yields

    Pinpoint Phenomics has developed a system that allows the producer to quickly measure the internal signals a plant makes in response to the environment, revealing the equivalent of ‘what a…

  • SoftHarvest robot lettuce harvester

    Over 60 per cent of the production cost of a lettuce is in the manual harvesting; automating this process would allow producers to be more competitive and respond faster to…