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  • Encouraging healthy, sustainable diets: the role potatoes play

    This briefing summarises the analysis which showed that a diet rich in potatoes provides higher intakes of a number of key nutrients including Vitamin C, Vitamin B6, Potassium, iodine and folate compared to alternative carbohydrates such as rice and pasta. The National Diet and Nutritional Survey (NDNS) is a continual cross-sectional survey, jointly funded by the Department of Health and Food...

    18 September 2012

  • Nitrate Vulnerable Zones (NVZs) consultation

    The 1991 EU Nitrates Directive (Council Directive 91/676/EEC) was adopted with the purpose of reducing the amount of nitrate pollution caused by agriculture. It requires DEFRA to designate land draining to polluted water as Nitrate Vulnerable Zones (NVZs) (or to designate all of England), and then to set out certain farming practices that farmers within those NVZs must comply with (known as the “...

    7 September 2012

  • Technical in-field workshops to be held at North of England Potato Day

    Damage awareness is one of the key topics to be discussed at the North of England Potato Day to be held at Headley Hill Farm, Tadcaster, Yorkshire on September 4. The strong line-up of speakers will include Eric Anderson from Scottish Agronomy, Barry Baker of Grimme, who will be discussing the challenges posed this year by the difficult weather conditions and how growers can best tackle them. “If...

    3 September 2012

  • Progressive Potato Farming conference

    After an incredibly challenging season for potato growers, the ADAS Syngenta 2012 Potato Conference and Exhibition is perfectly timed to provide the essential new technical innovation and marketing inspiration for all growers, agronomists and potato industry specialists. Taking place on Thursday 22 November at Newark Showground in Nottinghamshire, the Potato Conference and Exhibition will tackle...

    20 August 2012

  • Jerry Knox to speak of lessons from the wettest drought at East of England Potato Day

    Jerry Knox from Cranfield University will discuss the lessons learnt from the wettest drought in history at the East of England Potato Day to be held at Frederick Hiam, Tuddenham, Bury St Edmunds on August 30. Dr Knox will be examining how the economics of irrigation are changing and what growers should consider in terms of improving irrigation management and learning how to cope with climate...

    14 August 2012