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  • New grant announcement from Defra

    New today: Defra have announced a £24 million ‘Growth Programme’ this summer under the rural Development Programme for England (RDPE) for rural businesses and communities. Local priorities have been established across the country. Applications for grants opened today and is targeted at initiatives benefiting local areas and making a big difference to the rural economy. Opportunities include...

    29 July 2015


  • Potatoes South Australia: Potato industry receives top funding to reduce waste through value-adding

    The South Australian Potato Industry has received funding of $100,000 under the State Government’s Advanced Food Manufacturing (AFM) grant program to enable a project utilising potatoes which are graded-out due to size or shape and do not meet supermarket specifications. Consequently they have no commercial value and are in fact a cost. Partners Potatoes South Australia and the FOODPlus Research...

    Source: Unknown

  • Coastal potato growers aim to bag local market

    Three Musketeers, a £12million marketing operation known as 3Ms which trades as a mutual for six major farming businesses along the Suffolk coast, began harvesting its new potato crop on May 29 – 10 days later than last year, when weather conditions were more favourable.   The county’s potatoes, many grown in the light, sandy soils of the Suffolk Heritage Coast, supply major supermarkets up and...

    Source: East Anglian Daily Times

  • Three Musketeers aim to put Suffolk potato on the map

    Teamwork works much better than competition when it comes to marketing potatoes. “It’s the teamwork that makes us unique,” says managing director of potato marketing business Three Musketeers Ltd, Edward Blanchard. “We [the farmers] share best practice, and that bit of competition means that in a very open way we are competing with each other on a fair basis. There’s no looking over the...

    Source: Anglia Farmer

  • Potato Blight Alert Aims to Provide Early Warning to Growers for Smart Spray Management

    Rothamsted Research, the James Hutton Institute and a consortium of six partners have been awarded funding of over £1.06M to develop optimised detection and control solutions of Potato Blight. Rothamsted Research, The James Hutton Institute and a consortium of six partners led by Crop Performance Ltd., and including Spearhead Marketing Ltd., G’s Fresh, Velcourt Group Ltd, Frontier Agriculture Ltd...