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  • Avoid risks of CIPC cross contamination

    A recent finding of CIPC residue in grain has highlighted the risk of cross contamination of commodities in-store. This puts more pressure on the potato industry to ensure accurate records are kept and stewardship standards are maintained, warns Mike Storey, head of R&D and chairman of the CIPC Stewardship Group.    Growers should not be using buildings with a known history of CIPC use for...

    25 July 2012

  • Potato growers face weather-related challenges

    Potato growers are facing many weather-related challenges and recent warm, wet weather has led to a massive increase in the number of Smith Periods this year so far, says AHDB Potatoes executive and blight specialist Gary Collins.    “There is a huge variation in Cumulative Smith Period events (the national total for all Full Smith Periods for the 652 postal districts) to 19 July over the past...

    25 July 2012

  • Educating children about healthy, sustainable food: Integrating the curriculum with potatoes

    The Grow Your Own Potatoes (GYOP) project is aimed at 5 to 11 year olds (Key Stage 1 & 2), and has benefitted over one million children since 2004.  In 2012, 14,600 primary schools registered to take part, equating to 65% of the total number of primary schools in GB. Schools that request to take part receive a free growing kit, given by the seed industry, containing everything they need to...

    13 July 2012

  • Joint project shows value of good soil

      When pressed to produce more with less, the trick is to make the most of what you’ve got. A basic but increasingly vital asset for farmers is soil; as world demand for food rises, so does the importance of managing soil quality.   That’s why the Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board (AHDB) has teamed up with Catchment Sensitive Farming (CSF) to support the expertise and hard efforts of...

    5 July 2012

  • Search is on for prestigious potato industry award winner

      AHDB Potatoes is seeking nominations for this year's British Potato Industry Award; This prestigious honour is presented to an individual recognised for their outstanding contribution to the GB potato industry. AHDB Potatoes continues to back progressive moves by leaders in the fields of marketing, innovation, and research and development who satisfy this demand.  By presenting this award it...

    28 June 2012