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  • Late blight scientist awarded research medal

    In recognition of ‘research work of outstanding merit carried out in the UK, which is proven or likely to be of benefit to agriculture’, Dr David Cooke, plant pathologist at the James Hutton Institute, was presented with the Royal Agricultural Society of England 2013 Research Medal at their President’s Day, held at Yattendon, Berkshire on 4 June.   On receiving the accolade, Dr Cooke said...

    26 June 2014

  • Shropshire potato producers host leading technical event

    The West Midlands Potato Day attracted a good crowd of industry visitors on 19 June when potato grower Jonathan Bubb of J.M. Bubb & Sons hosted Potato Council’s technical field day at Lynn South Farm, Newport, Shropshire, where they grow around 400 acres of potatoes. Potato Council’s Director, Dr Rob Clayton opened the event at the farm, urging industry to speak with ‘one voice’, saying, “...

    26 June 2014

  • A Fresh Challenge: Addressing the Volume Decline

    The value of fresh potato category is growing with a 3.8% rise over the last year, while the volume of fresh potatoes sold has dropped by 8.0% (Kantar WorldPanel 52 w/e 25 May 2014). In order to understand what has driven the volume decline and determine ways in which to address the situation, Potato Council has commissioned new research by Kantar WorldPanel LinkQ, which shows that, for the...

    26 June 2014

  • Potato Council’s Summer TechFest

    This summer, growers, packers and processors will head east for Potato Council’s Summer TechFest, 2-3 July, 2014.   Set in the heart of potato country, Summer TechFest is 48 hours packed with technical punch and celebration. It encompases three consecutive events: East Midlands Potato Day, the Summer Potato Feast and 50 years of Storage Research at Sutton Bridge. Registrations are now live...

    24 June 2014

  • Calling all North West potato growers

    North West potato growers, advisors and agronomists will meet in Aston, Runcorn, 24 June, 2014 to get the latest technical information at Potato Council’s Cheshire Potato event.   Host farmers Andrew and Steve Shaw are opening their farm gates to growers who are serious about a long-term future in the potato industry.   Following registration from 16.30, Dr Rob Clayton, Director of...

    4 June 2014