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  • Summary of Defra’s Water Abstraction Plan 2017

    Defra and the Environment Agency have published plans for implementing changes to the water abstraction system. The plans follow Government’s response to its consultation in 2016 and includes a timeline detailing activity over the next five years. The activities that will be undertaken include: Reviewing time limited licences Adjusting licences shown to be seriously damaging Revoking unused...

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    Dr Mike Storey has been awarded the John Green Memorial Trophy for his exceptional contribution to the British potato industry. Head of Resource Management at AHDB, Dr Storey received the award at the annual Cambridge University Potato Growers Research Association (CUPGRA) ‘Potato Barons’ Conference Dinner, in front of an audience that included growers, researchers, processors and retailers from...

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  • DEFRA UPDATE: Preventing the introduction and spread of ulluco viruses

    DEFRA has released the following advice regarding Ulluco: This is a guide for those who are currently growing, or were proposing to grow, ulluco. The key points are: Non-native viruses have been identified in ulluco being grown in England These viruses have the potential to spread to potato and other crops, and cause damage in these crops We are strongly advising against the further import and...

    15 December 2017

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    Agri-Tech East and AHDB announce new joint position at REAP to accelerate innovation in the field Agri-Tech East and AHDB (the Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board) announce a joint initiative to accelerate the adoption of innovation in the field. A new position of ‘Knowledge and Innovation Facilitator’ is being created to help deliver a programme of new projects. The announcement was...

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  • Environment Secretary opens £40 million fund to boost farm productivity

    Environment Secretary opens a £40 million grants scheme today for investment in farm technology and equipment. Farmers will get a £40 million productivity boost today as the Environment Secretary Michael Gove announces the opening of a new grants scheme for investment in cutting edge technology and new equipment. Speaking at the 2017 World Dairy Summit in Belfast, the Secretary of State will...

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