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  • Farmers free to dredge ditches without paperwork under rule change

    Farmers in England can now undertake low level work on their own land without needing to seek Environment Agency consent.

  • New potato facility is SPot on: Funding for regional potato research & demonstration hub

    A West Suffolk estate is set to become a Regional Research & Demonstration Hub for potato growers and suppliers, thanks to funding from the Eastern Agri-Tech Growth Initiative. The project, coordinated and co-funded by the Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board’s Potatoes Division (AHDB Potatoes), has been awarded £109,273 and will be located at Elveden Farms in West Suffolk, and will...

    5 April 2016

  • Get ready for new rodent control stewardship changes

    Farmers and growers using anticoagulant rodenticide products in their operations will need to be trained and certified as competent in their use under new rules which start to be phased in from April this year. Anyone wishing to purchase anticoagulant rodenticides in more than amateur pack sizes will soon require a certificate of competence to do so. Members of some approved farm assurance...

  • The sky's the limit in the crisp and snack market for growers prepared to be imaginative

    Are reports of declining sales of potato crisps marking a gloomy outlook for potato growers? Analysts claim the sky's the limit in the crisp and snack market for growers prepared to be imaginative.  The latest research by Mintel estimates that sales of potato crisps declined to £1.34 billion in 2015 – the second successive year that sales have dropped, falling from a high of £1.39 billion in 2013...

  • Training is the Answer, What's the Question?

    As AHDB launches the second round of its’ Professional Manager Development Scheme: ‘I haven’t got time for training, I’m too busy doing the job,’ is the oft-heard cry within the farming industry. But training can be the answer to freeing up more time, certainly as far as Sean King Pig Unit Manager of LKL Farming is concerned. After completing the AHDB Professional Manager Development Scheme (PMDS...