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  • Good news but early days for rodenticide stewardship on farms and game shoots

    Rat control is changing for the better on UK farms and game shoots. From 2015 to 2017, a detailed independent study has found planned prevention of infestations is taking over from control in reaction to the presence of rats. It finds gamekeepers leading the way, their use of a planned approach increasing from 30% to 59% over the two years. Among farmers, the less desirable option of reactive...

    Source: https://www.thinkwildlife.org/

  • Opportunity to inform chlorate and perchlorate regulation proposals

    The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) are currently reviewing the maximum residue levels (MRLs) for chlorate and perchlorate in fresh produce. In order to help inform a UK position on the proposed changes, AHDB are urgently seeking data from the horticulture and potato industry in the UK. It is vital that EFSA gets a proper balance of chlorate and perchlorate fresh produce data from across EU...

    Source: AHDB Horticulture

  • Red Tractor - Recruiting for fresh produce board

    RECRUITING FOR RED TRACTOR FRESH PRODUCE BOARD – Primary Supplier and Food Service Red Tractor is inviting individuals from Primary Suppliers and the Food Service sector to apply to join the Fresh Produce Sector Board which is responsible for advising on the development of the RT Fresh Produce technical strategy. The current sector board has excellent input from growers, retailers, AHDB Potatoes...

    Source: Red Tractor

  • Defra introudce good practice guide for ammonia emissions

    Defra have produced a Code of Good Agricultural Practice (COGAP) guidance document in collaboration with the farming industry. It explains the practical steps farmers, growers, land managers, advisors and contractors in England can take to minimise ammonia emissions from the storage and application of organic manures, the application of manufactured fertiliser, and through modifications to...

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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

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