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18 October 2017

Knowledge Exchange Partner at BP2017. Once every two years, the whole of the Potato industry comes together for this unique 'seed to shopping trolley' event. It's an exceptional networking and business opportunity for all those involved in growing, handling, processing and retailing the crop in this multi-billion pound industry.

AHDB will provide attendees with a raft of knowledge and resources to equip them to succeed in our rapidly changing world. Our stand will be home to members from our team, on hand to show you our latest tools and how they can benefit your business. Meanwhile, our seminar programme will lead the debate on our changing customer base and how our industry can remain competitive and productive.

AHDB Potatoes is Lead

Download out Tuber Talk BP2017 preview issue here

On stand: Let our team talk you through the tools at your disposal

Farmbench

“AHDB’s new Farmbench system allows producers to input either whole-farm or enterprise-specific data to suit their needs. Costs can be split across beef, sheep, potato and arable enterprises, with dairy coming online in 2018,” says Doreen Anderson, Benchmarking officer for Scotland and the North of England. Doreen and members of her team will be at BP2017 to show growers how easy it is to input data and begin the process.

Meet Doreen on stand, or visit https://farmbench.ahdb.org.uk

Storage advice

Adrian Cunnington, Head of Crop Storage Research says: “We’re expecting our storage advice line and StoreCheck+ service to be busy this year, the first with new, lower application rates for CIPC use. The team from Sutton Bridge Crop Storage Research will be on hand to talk storage and best practice.”

Catch the SBCSR team at BP or click here for more info

Skills

AHDB has a whole range of resources aimed at providing people with either the skill or knowledge to do a job properly and to make educated decisions to improve the business they work for. “People are our biggest asset; if we don’t invest in people, we will never be capable of realising the full potential of the business,” explains Tess Howe, Project Manager, External Industry Skills Development. Visit her on stand and find out what we have on offer.

See Tess at BP2017 or visit https://ahdb.org.uk/skills/

RB209 Nutrition Management Guide

AHDB updated RB209 this year. “Working in conjunction with the revamped general sections (one and two), the two most significant changes to the new revision of the potatoes section (five) are the inclusion of additional varieties to potato determinacy groupings, and the recommendation to apply sulphur where there is a risk of deficiency,” says Alice Sin of AHDB’s Soils and Water team. Alice and colleagues will be on stand to discuss these changes.

Meet our technical team on stand or visit https://ahdb.org.uk/projects/RB209.aspx

Potato Data Centre

Launched this year, Potato Data Centre (PDC) is designed to put the market information compiled by our MI team at your fingertips. “We have expanded our team and are taking a more active role in collecting the data on PDC. We will be delighted to catch up on stand to discuss this, or show you how to get the most from PDC,” says Amber Cottingham, Market Intelligence Analyst.

The MI team will be on stand, or you can visit https://potatodatacentre.ahdb.org.uk/

The Seminar Programme

Get the full seminar details here

BP2017 seminars to set path for potatoes post-Brexit

Farmers, researchers and the supply chain are to share the stage during the seminar programme at BP2017 as the potato industry reviews current performance to develop its future.

November 22 and 23 marks the first time the biennial event has taken place since the EU referendum, and seminar programme organisers AHDB Potatoes will encourage collaboration as a route to success for the industry.

To stimulate discussion and develop closer relationships with members of the supply chain, this years’ event includes a panel debate on ‘The Big Brexit Opportunity,’ which will benefit from contributions from all sectors of the potato industry.

Rob Clayton, Potatoes Strategy Director at AHDB said: “BP2017 provides a chance for the industry to pull together, discuss opportunities and take stock of the current challenges faced. This considered approach is needed to prepare to move forward, with rapid change on the horizon.

“Opportunities must be taken quickly. Those who do nothing risk being left behind as change carries on. We are trying to encourage farmers to wake-up and avoid ‘sleep-walking’ into Brexit.”

The exhibition, held at the Harrogate Showground, is the only event attended by the entire industry, from ‘seed to shopping trolley’. The chair of the NFU Potato Forum will form part of the panel on Brexit, he farms pigs, produces peas and arable crops alongside potatoes for the pre-pack market.

Alex Godfrey, said: “Forward thinking potato growers will be looking to the opportunity Brexit presents to replace potatoes imported from within the EU with British grown product.

“However, labour shortages and risk associated with a mishandled ‘lift and shift’ of EU crop protection rules into UK law, could deny us access to activities and trade.  But if it heralds the start of a move to a new science based, risk based regime then we will all benefit.”

The Brexit debate and a session focussed on learning from other major potato producing nations form part of a series of seminars focussed on how the potato industry can remain competitive.

Rufus Pilgrim, Commercial Director at potato supplier R S Cockrills, recently completed a Nuffield Scholarship and study tour of major potato producing nations. Speaking ahead of his contribution to AHDB Potatoes ‘Lessons from Global Producers’ seminar he said:

“We have much to be positive about in our industry; having the climate, marketplace, resources, knowledge but few of the environmental, political and social challenges that affect other potato producing regions.

”While we may celebrate this, we cannot rely on ‘GB only’ policies to maintain our industry”

There will be 11 seminars held in total at the two-day event, which will see over 6,000 potato professionals through its doors.

Rob Clayton said: “Along with our review of competitiveness we will consider how our customers are changing, be they consumers at the supermarket or the nation states that buy British seed potatoes through our existing EU trade agreements. We will call on researchers to take the stage with growers as we consider productivity. And our team will be on hand to discuss market volatility, as we continue to lead the debate and engender discussion on the key issues that affect us all.”

The full programme can be viewed at bp2017.co.uk

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