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  • Bio-based and biodegradable plastic in the UK

    A new market perspective report highlights opportunities for the UK to take a leading role in bio-based technology innovation. The bioeconomy consultants, NNFCC, have recently published a report which discusses the potential for bio-based and biodegradable plastic development in the UK. The summary of the report says: “A paradigm shift from oil based durable plastic to plastics produced from...

    Source: Innovate UK - Knowledge Transfer Network

  • Neonics decision

    On Friday 27 April 2018, the Standing Committee on Plants, Animals, Food and Feed met to vote on further amending the conditions of approval for three neonicotinoidactive substances, imidacloprid, clothianidin and thiamethoxam. These substances are used within many insecticide products, primarily as seed treatments. Following conclusions delivered in a report by the European Food Safety Authority...

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  • Lantra withdraws approval from 'customised' Rodent Control on Farms training

    With effect from 01 March 2018, one of UK Rodenticide Stewardship's formal Awarding Organisations for training, Lantra, has withdrawn approval from any 'customised' variants of its own Rodent Control on Farms course. The standard course is unaffected. Stewardship co-ordinator the Campaign for Responsible Rodenticide Use confirms that course certificates stating 'customised provision' dated 28...

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  • EA irrigation prospects forecast now available

    The initial prospects for irrigation in spring/summer 2018 have been published by the Environment Agency. Prospects are defined by region as ‘Good’, ‘Moderate’ or ‘Poor’ based on rainfall scenarios and current levels in rivers and groundwater. Prospects are ‘Moderate’ for most eastern and southern regions, while Yorkshire, West Midlands and Thames reported ‘Good’ prospects. ‘Moderate’ assessment...

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  • DEFRA issue Epitrix warning on imports from Spain

    The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) today reminded the UK potato industry of the importance of complying with UK requirements for potatoes imported from Spain. In response to interceptions showing evidence of the presence of Epitrix on potatoes from Spain, national measures remain in force requiring that such potatoes must be washed before import to the UK. The only...

    Source: DEFRA

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