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Moving beyond high yield as measure of success

Moving beyond high yield as measure of success

Agri-Tech East and AHDB (the Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board) have announced a joint initiative to accelerate the adoption of innovation in the field. A new position of ‘Knowledge and Innovation Facilitator’ is being created to help deliver a programme of new projects. The announcement was made at Agri-Tech East’s REAP, the flagship conference for […]

Crops evolving ten millennia before experts thought

Crops evolving ten millennia before experts thought

Professor Robin Allaby, in Warwick’s School of Life Sciences, has discovered that human crop gathering was so extensive as long ago as the last Ice Age, that it started to have an effect on the evolution of rice, wheat and barley – triggering the process which turned these plants from wild to domesticated. In Tell […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Potato stocks keep pace with 2015/16 season

Potato stocks keep pace with 2015/16 season

GB grower-held potato stock levels at the end of March were at 1Mt, around the same volume as the end-March 2016 and 300Kt less than the end-March 2015 according to an AHDB estimate. Despite the similarity in stock levels, any repeat of the high prices seen in 2016 will depend on a number of factors […]

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