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Scottish seed exporters set to increase tonnage to Brazil and Kenya

Government representatives from Scotland and Brazil met in July to simplify the import classification requirements for seed potatoes. The game-changing meeting was organised and funded by the Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board (AHDB). Brazil produces circa 3.6m tonnes of potatoes a year according to UN figures, however in terms of productivity yields are only two […]

Making room for pollinators need not harm farm productivity

Making room for pollinators need not harm farm productivity

Farmers attending two recent Campaign for the Farmed Environment events heard from experts that supporting pollinators and crop pest predators can help improve crop yields, delivering a win-win for farming and wildlife. The two events, held in Hertfordshire and Gloucestershire, were in partnership with Kings and Syngenta. Speakers shared their research as well as guidance […]

Government asked to support game-changing agroforestry systems

Government asked to support game-changing agroforestry systems

Some of the UK’s leading farming and forestry organisations have put their names to a letter to Secretary of State Michael Gove, highlighting the benefits of agroforestry, the practice of cultivating trees and crops or livestock on the same area of land. The current Rural Development Programme for England does not include options to support […]

The big questions for UK agriculture post-Brexit

The big questions for UK agriculture post-Brexit

In just 21 months’ time the UK agricultural sector will operate outside The Common Agricultural Policy, so how quickly will changes be felt, what form will the changes take, and how will the UK manage to take charge of its own agricultural destiny? These were some of the questions addressed at a recent event organised […]

Somerset Estate forms partnership to improve eating quality of potatoes

Somerset Estate forms partnership to improve eating quality of potatoes

Dillington Estates, near Ilminster is working in partnership with research organisations and those in the supply chain to drive productivity and improve marketable yield. The Estate is one of four Strategic Potato (SPot) Farms in Great Britain and forms part of the Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board’s (AHDB) Farm Excellence Platform, which inspires industry to […]

British blackcurrant season has a sweet start two weeks early

British blackcurrant season has a sweet start two weeks early

British blackcurrant growers anticipate a sweeter than usual crop this year, thanks to favourable growing conditions, as the British blackcurrant season gets under way. The British blackcurrant season officially began on 26th June, with growers’ organisation, The Blackcurrant Foundation predicting a crop yield of 12,000 tonnes. This is two weeks earlier than the average harvest […]

LEAF Demonstration Farm receives Royal visit

LEAF Demonstration Farm receives Royal visit

On Wednesday 5th July, HRH The Countess of Wessex, visited Overbury Enterprises, a LEAF (Linking Environment And Farming) Demonstration Farm, near Tewkesbury in Worcestershire/Gloucestershire. The Countess, who became LEAF’s Honorary President last year, toured the farm and estate. Her Royal Highness met LEAF trustees, LEAF Demonstration Farmers and staff, as well as representatives from Overbury […]

Cereals industry must take action to thrive post Brexit

Cereals industry must take action to thrive post Brexit

AHDB is today issuing a bold message to the cereals industry not to sleepwalk into Brexit. The scale of the potential challenge must be appreciated by businesses at every level of the supply chain and steps must be taken to improve competitiveness, according to Chief Strategy Officer Tom Hind. The statement will be made as […]

In ovo nutrition and hypoxic exposure as new strategies in chicken production

In ovo nutrition and hypoxic exposure as new strategies in chicken production

From 8 to 11 May, more than 1,600 scientists and poultry nutrition specialists from over 60 countries came together in Salou/Vila-seca (Tarragona). The European Symposium on Poultry Nutrition (ESPN 2017), organized by IRTA, consisted of 4 days brimming with knowledge and discussions on the future of poultry nutrition and production. It is important to remember […]

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