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  • Potato Council marks 50 years of storage research

    This week saw the Potato Council division of the Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board (AHDB) mark the 50th anniversary of the opening of its Sutton Bridge Crop Storage Research (SBCSR) facility, near Spalding in Lincolnshire.    The leading post-harvest applied research centre for agricultural storage in the UK, SBCSR (then known as Sutton Bridge Experimental Station) was...

    17 April 2014

  • Demand for GB seed potatoes stronger than ever

    Overseas demand for seed potatoes from Britain continues to strengthen, with exports up nearly 20% to its key market Egypt this season. This is clearly good news for the GB seed potato export industry, which contributes around £30m to the country’s economy and helps to ensure that this industry remains world-class, not just in terms of tonnages but also demonstrates the advanced level of...

    17 April 2014

  • PhD researchers shared their findings at a PhD symposium held on 8 April at Harper Adams University in Shropshire.

    Organised jointly between the Potato Council and HGCA, the symposium attracted eighteen PhD students presenting their current work, which is unpicking some of the biggest challenges faced by farmers and processors in the UK.   Soil is a popular area for new research with four students just starting projects involving soil, including work on the potato cyst nematode, wheat rooting and the...

    14 April 2014

  • UK Ministers Appoint Peter Kendall as New Chair for the AHDB

    The Government has appointed Peter Kendall as the new Chair of the Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board (AHDB) with effect from 1 April 2014 for a three-year term. Mr Kendall, previously NFU President, will take over the role with AHDB from John Godfrey CBE FCA FRAgS, who stepped down after his term in office at the end of March this year.   This is a Ministerial appointment,...

    11 April 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