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Barley scientists discover path to improved grain quality

Barley scientists discover path to improved grain quality

Scientists from the International Barley Hub have discovered a genetic pathway to improved barley grain size and uniformity, a finding which may help breeders develop future varieties suited to the needs of growers and distillers. In the latest issue of Nature Communications, cereal genetics researchers working with Professor Robbie Waugh and Dr Sarah McKim, at […]

Building sustainability and resilience in organic supply chains

Building sustainability and resilience in organic supply chains

Maintaining stability and confidence in supply chains could become increasingly complex in the face of an uncertain Brexit with potential changes in the way we trade with other nations. For an expanding organic market, a failure to understand and face these challenges could have consequences for future growth. With this in mind, Soil Association Certification […]

Organic food uses blockchain technology to further supply chain transparency this Organic September

Organic food uses blockchain technology to further supply chain transparency this Organic September

This Organic September, Soil Association Certification has teamed up with start-up tech firm Provenance to pilot technology which tracks the journey of organic food from farm to shop shelf. From 6 September, shoppers will be able to tap their smartphones on packets of Eversfield Organics bacon on sale in select As Nature Intended stores, and […]

Brake calls for compulsory rural driving lessons for learners

Brake calls for compulsory rural driving lessons for learners

Road safety charity Brake is today calling for compulsory lessons on rural roads for learner drivers, as part of a graduated licensing system, to reduce fatalities and serious injuries. In 2015, the last year for which statistics are available, 120 young drivers lost their lives in crashes – 80 per cent of these occurring on […]

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 […]

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