The Milbank Group has appointed James Kennedy as commercial director of Orion Future Technology, the Kent-based crop biostimulants business it acquired recently. Mr Kennedy can draw on support from the existing team at ARK Agriculture, the silage products business already within the Group.

Mr Kennedy was previously UK sales manager for generic agrochemical distributor Gemini Agriculture, the business he co-founded in 2015 with former Certis colleague James Clovis.

“I am really looking forward to driving forward these well established and extremely well researched technical products,” says Mr Kennedy. “There are huge opportunities for them to enhance the economic return for farmers in the UK and abroad.”