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    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 complete...

    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 technical...

    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 large employer locally...

    15 December 2014

  • 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