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  • Next Generation 2018/19: from the field to film

    It’s been an eventful year for AHDB’s 2018/19 Next Generation group. Following a tough season out on the field, there’s also been plenty to do off it. With a number of visits to packers, processors, research labs and industry events, it’s been an educational tour up and down the UK for our 15 potato enthusiasts. One Show fame for Tom Macfarlane One highlight in particular saw South Lincolnshire...

    14 February 2019

  • Growers need certainty of trade in post-Brexit world

    British growers at this year’s Fruit Logistica say they are keen to work with European businesses post-Brexit – but they need political certainty. One of the main concerns at this year’s event in Berlin was around exports – with many growers and seed producers from the UK questioning what the future holds for the industry once the UK leaves the EU. Once again we attended the fresh produce event...

    12 February 2019

  • 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...

  • Climate Coalition report - AHDB statement

    In response to the Climate Coalition’s Recipe for Disaster report AHDB Potatoes’ Strategy Director Dr Rob Clayton, said: “On the one hand potatoes and some other veg could provide a few solutions with regard to climate change, they have a great ‘water efficiency budget’ compared to other carbs. They respond positivity to elevated CO2, and warmer weather would mean an extended season (spring and...

    5 February 2019

  • No deal challenges across UK agriculture and horticulture

    With the Brexit clock ticking, our latest Horizon report presents new insight into the potential impacts on the UK’s trade in agricultural and horticultural goods. Brexit prospects for UK agri-food trade examines in detail how both an orderly withdrawal and a no-deal scenario will affect trade across the UK’s main farming sectors. For those with an interest in a specific sector, a series of ‘bite...

    4 February 2019