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  • Potato Council conference tackles key industry concerns

    The recent Seed Industry Event held in Crieff on 25 November 2014 did not shy away from discussing some of the top concerns that our industry has. PCN, blackleg and aphid-borne viruses were all ‘must-attend’ sessions planned into the high-level industry programme months in advance. Dr Rob Clayton, Director of Potato Council welcomed over 150 growers, agronomists and plant health experts to the...

    10 December 2014

  • Endocrine disruptor legislation ‘could cost UK industry over £905 million’ - AHDB

    The loss of agrochemical actives as a result of recent EU hazard- based assessment criteria has the potential to cost UK agriculture over £905 million – or 10% of current farmgate value, according to a new AHDB report. (View the Potato sector version report: Potential impact on GB potatoes of the Community Strategy for Endocrine Disruptors) The report, commissioned by AHDB, assessed the...

    9 December 2014

  • One Year to go for Grandfathers

    Farmers have one year in which to ensure that they or their sprayer operator holds a recognised certificate if they plan to apply a professional pesticide warns The Voluntary Initiative (VI).   One of the requirements of the UK’s Sustainable Use Regulations is that from 26 November 2015, anyone applying professional crop protection products must hold a Recognised Certificate, such as the...

    28 November 2014

  • Negotiating and Influencing Skills course

    This course aims to build and develop existing skills to achieve positive outcomes when influencing and negotiating agreements with staff, suppliers or customers. It will enable participants to confidently prepare and manage discussions which lead to win-win outcomes. Date Venue 10th December 2014 Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk 7th January 2015 Crewe, Cheshire...

    28 November 2014

  • Potato Council sharpens focus to deliver for the future

    Announcing a consultation on Potato Council’s new business plan at the Seed Industry event held in Perthshire 25 November, 2014, Potato Council chair Fiona Fell enthused about the AHDB Division’s new focus.   “The potato arena is a challenging place to be in at the moment,” acknowledged Mrs Fell. “Changing consumer purchasing patterns coupled with an on-going oversupply at home and in...

    27 November 2014