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  • New leadership at Potato Council

    Fiona Fell has taken on the challenging and exciting role of Chairman of Potato Council and member of the AHDB Board. Now based in Northumberland, she comes from a farming family in Worcestershire. Whilst a partner in the family farm, Fiona trained and worked as a vet in mixed practice. Chairing the R&KT Committee, Fiona has served on the Potato Council Board as an Independent Member since...

    2 April 2014

  • New research call for slug control

    New research call for slug control as AHDB flags up potential £100 million annual cost to industry   Work by AHDB’s crop divisions has estimated that a lack of slug control products could potentially cost UK crop production £100 million annually.   To help sustain UK crop production, AHDB has revealed plans to invest in a programme of slug research by combining £300,000 of levy...

    10 March 2014

  • Angus event presses on with ‘Storage 2020’ campaign

    There was a strong turn-out of regional growers for the new Angus Storage Day held at the end of February. The event followed hard on the heels of the recent, successful ‘Storage 2020’ conference and continued apace with the campaign’s aims of ensuring GB potato storage remains fit for purpose to 2020 and beyond. Adrian Cunnington, head of Sutton Bridge Crop Storage facility (SBCSR) stated “...

    10 March 2014

  • On Your Marks, Get Set, Plant!

    Now in its tenth year, Potato Council’s popular hands-on education programme for key stage 1 and 2 primary school pupils continues to go from strength to strength. An incredible 14,600 schools have registered to take part in the Grow Your Own Potatoes project this year, enabling thousands of children across the country to learn about growing potatoes and their role in a healthy balanced diet....

    7 March 2014

  • Time to engage in governments’ water abstraction reform

      Environment minister Dan Rogerson recently launched a government consultation on abstraction reform to the 50-year-old licensing system. Water use and supply is an essential factor in potato crop production and Potato Council urges the industry to take a pro-active approach to ensure security of supply.   Our current abstraction system is said to be no longer flexible enough to...

    28 February 2014