• 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.

    If you have an idea for agri-tech and want support to develop it into a business concept do enter our GROW business plan competition. Register your interest before 10th March 2017 and you will be teamed up with a mentor with relevant experience to help you test your concept.

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  • 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…

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  • 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…

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  • 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…

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  • 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…

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  • 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…

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  • 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…

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  • The winners of GROW 2016

    GROW Winners and finalists 2016

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

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  • Stop press – GROW

    Congratulations to all our finalists in the GROW 2015/16 business plan competition, we had six strong presentations demonstrating an inspiring selection of business concepts. GROW was devised to identify and…

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  • MD of Syngenta Ventures talks at GROW final Wednesday 22nd June

    We have an exciting diversity of business plans for GROW this year  from the novel fruit crops to wearable devices for livestock, from soil sensors to multi-spectral imaging, and including…

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