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  • New group to support farmers applying nematicides

    A new stewardship group plans to work alongside farmers and operators to ensure best practice for all granular nematicide applications this spring and into the future.      The newly-formed Nematicide Stewardship Programme (NSP) is a joint initiative that brings agrochemical companies Certis, DuPont and Syngenta together for the first time, and includes cross industry support...

    16 January 2015

  • AHDB to simplify family of brands

    The Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board’s (AHDB) operating divisions will be rebranded later this year to create a simplified family of levy-payer facing brands under the AHDB name.   From Summer 2015 the existing sector brands will be replaced with ‘AHDB plus descriptor’. This will mean that BPEX becomes AHDB Pigs, DairyCo becomes AHDB Dairy, EBLEX becomes AHDB Beef & Lamb...

    15 January 2015


    JANE KING has been appointed as the new Chief Executive of the Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board (AHDB).   Ms King, a former Editor and Editorial Director of the Farmers Weekly Group, will take up her position at the Stoneleigh-based levy board on 1 February, replacing Tom Taylor who left at the end of November 2014.   During her time at Farmers Weekly, Jane oversaw a...

    6 January 2015

  • David Firman awarded first Potato Council fellowship

    NIAB CUF’s, Head of the Potato Agronomy Research Group, Dr David Firman has received the first of three £150,000 Potato Council research fellowships to help develop the next generation of leading potato scientists.   Announcing the award at the CUPGRA conference, in Cambridge 16 December, Potato Council’s Dr Mike Storey said, “The aim of the Research Fellowships is to help retain key...

    16 December 2014

  • Woodbridge potato grower takes stock of R&D

    The kind East Suffolk climate allows Bruce Kerr to produce early crops for processing and loose skin Maris Peer for the supermarkets on a range of soils from blowing sands to heavy clay.    The East Midlands and Eastern Counties combined grow more that 40% of the 121,000 hectare GB crop.   “Potatoes are extremely valuable crop to our region,” says Bruce. “The industry is a...

    15 December 2014