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  • Suffolk and Scottish spud farms join strategic potato project

    An estate in west Suffolk and a Perthshire-based farm business have been named as two new AHDB strategic potato farms (SPot). They join the already established Staffordshire SPot farm to become regional research and demonstration hubs for potato growers and suppliers, applying AHDB scientific research on a farm scale and helping growers to implement changes on their own farms. Elveden Farms...

    13 April 2016

    Source: Farmer's Weekly

  • 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...

    17 March 2016

    Source: FG Insight

  • 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...

    22 March 2016

    Source: Produce Business UK

  • 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...

    22 March 2016

    Source: AHDB

  • Getting to grips with auto-enrolment

    Businesses across the UK are enrolling staff into workplace pensions following Government changes. Over the next year many farms will be required to take this step. Experts share their tips on getting up to speed. Many farm businesses will need to tackle auto-enrolment this year and experts have advised employers to prepare now to avoid costly mistakes when bringing in the new changes. Both farm...

    3 February 2016

    Source: FG Insight