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  • Investing in the future of agriculture

    AHDB-funded PhD students showcased their research at the second annual HGCA-Potato Council Student Symposium on 21 April 2015. Held in Essex at Throws Farm Technology Centre, 20 students funded by HGCA and Potato Council presented their work, ranging from understanding genetic control of important traits such as yield, disease resistance, or grain quality traits for milling; to improved...

    30 April 2015

  • Potato Council secures EU funding

    As part of Potato Council’s on-going commitment to reinvigorating the potato sector, director Rob Clayton today welcomed the EU Commission’s decision to approve 50% EU co-funding for an approximate £3.6m joint-venture information and promotion campaign to support potatoes in the British and Irish markets. Dr Clayton said of the decision: “I am delighted to see the EU recognition and financial...

    24 April 2015

  • Supporting potato trade with the Canaries

    Each year, large quantities of GB ware and seed are exported to the Canary Islands.  Potato Council’s head of seed and export, Rob Burns, updates on the current difficulties affecting this long established trade agreement.  “While no one knows the exact date of the potato's arrival in Europe, its entry point was probably Spain's Canary Islands, where traditional potato cuisine...

    22 April 2015

  • Record year for seed potato exports

    Seed potato exports are booming, with the latest figures indicating that 2014/15 has been a record breaking season for the industry. Already 81,968 tonnes of seed have been exported to non-EU countries – and with the season running from July to June there could be up to another 3,000 tonnes to add to that figure, based on previous years. The current figure is already up 4,000 tonnes on 2013/14’s...

    31 March 2015

  • Have your say on new employer-led “Trailblazer” apprenticeships

    Employers are being encouraged to have their say on the first draft apprenticeship standards for the arable and horticulture sectors to ensure they meet their future requirements.   The Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board (AHDB), has joined forces with EDGE Apprenticeships, Lantra and the NFU to develop the draft standards, which are based around three core areas of skills,...

    26 March 2015