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138: Special episode: Covid-19 impact on the Potato sector

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138: Special episode: Covid-19 impact on the Potato sector

Written by AHDB

In this special issue of the Potatoes Podcast we will discuss the impact of Coronavirus on the Potato Markets. A fresh update on how Covid-19 has resulted in an increased demand on the retail market, while the chipping market has suffered the hardest hit. The uncertainty of the current situation will force businesses to...

Cereals 2020 goes online

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Cereals 2020 goes online


The Cereals Event is to move online for the first time ever to support the industry during the Covid-19 pandemic.

Producers may not be able to physically visit the Cereals Event this year, but they won’t miss out on any of the content as all the key features will now be delivered in a virtual sense, says event director Alli McEntyre. “These are challenging times and while we are disappointed to have...

Three crop rule derogation for 2020

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Written by Jamie Day

Defra secretary George Eustice’s decision to relax the three-crop rule arable diversification requirement in England for 2020 has been welcomed by farm leaders, despite the minister’s earlier reluctance to take this action. Scotland and the Republic of Ireland had already granted the concession in view of the wet autumn that prevented many farmers from fulfilling […]...

Corteva Agriscience to help dairy farmers "Farm More Forage"

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Corteva Agriscience to help dairy farmers âFarm More Forageâ

Corteva Agriscience is today (Wednesday 5 February) launching its FarmMoreForage initiative at Dairy-Tech 2020 at Stoneleigh Park, Warwickshire.

Using home-grown forage is the easiest way for dairy farmers to become more sustainable and resilient in ever-challenging times.

By sowing the latest forage varieties, maximising grass yield potential by removing problem weeds and enhancing silage with good quality inoculants...

Social Media Usage in Agriculture

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We are also running a survey this year - our first. It is completely anonymous and also raises money for a good cause - please take a bit of time to complete it.


And as a Thank You for participating in this survey, for every completed survey MacCormack Media will donate £5.00 to RABI or SRABI up to a value of £1,000. We really appreciate your contribution, it will help farmers in the long term. So, every...

Final chance for post-em herbicides in wheat

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Written by Charlotte Cunningham

Growers should prioritise weed control in wheat to compensate for large losses in the autumn, according to the latest advice from Bayer. Charlotte Cunningham reports. Field conditions are improving in many parts of the country with longer, warmer days giving opportunities to travel in the crop. Weed control in wheat is a high priority because large areas of wheat were...

Precision beef production through data-driven app

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Written by Jamie Day

An agritech business has launched a new data-driven tool that seeks to achieve better consistency in beef carcasses and minimise waste across the supply chain. Breedr, established in 2018 and registered in Chichester, was founded by Ian Wheal, who is from an Australian cattle family farming background. Mr Wheal says Breedr has invested over £2.2 […]

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Staff at ABP and Moy Park ‘hold walk-out’ over Covid-19 concerns

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Written by Agriland Team

A large number of staff have held a walk-out at sites owned by Moy Park and ABP in Northern Ireland, according to trade union Unite the Union.

The trade union claims that 1,000 workers have walked off a Moy Park site in Seagoe in Portadown, while approximately 80 workers have left the ABP site in Lurgan over Covid-19 concerns.

Sean McKeever, Unite regional officer...

The UK’s Food Strategy for the 2020s

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Written by John Swire

The government has commissioned the first systematic review of our food and farming system for 70 years. So, what it might look like? Chloe Ryan takes a look

“Our scope is broad, you might think insanely broad,” says Henry Dimbleby, of his role at the helm of the National Food Strategy. “In the dark hours just before dawn I sometimes think about that too.”

Mr...

Cereals postponed due to COVID-19

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Dear Cereals visitors, exhibitors and sponsors,

We understand these are challenging times and we recognise that many of you have been impacted by COVID-19. Our focus remains with the wellbeing of our team, exhibitors, visitors and the agricultural community.

Based on our exhibitors' and visitors' feedback as well as advice from global health responders, Cereals will be postponed until June 2021. We are extremely disappointed because our exhibitors, host farmer and team...

LINCOLNSHIRE SHOW 2020 CANCELLED DUE TO CORONAVIRUS PANDEMIC

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LINCOLNSHIRE SHOW 2020 CANCELLED DUE TO CORONAVIRUS PANDEMIC

ORGANISERS of the Lincolnshire Show, one of the county’s flagship events, have made the difficult decision to cancel the show this year, due to the ongoing coronavirus situation.

The Show welcomes more than 60,000 visitors, 6,000 students and 600 trade stands each year, and has been running for more than 135 years.

Jayne Southall, CEO of the...

2020 Great Yorkshire Show cancelled

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Written by Rachel Martin

Organisers have been forced to call off the 2020 Great Yorkshire Show as the UK ramps up measures against Covid-19.

The 162nd Great Yorkshire Show was due to take place from July 14-16. The three-day event is one of the biggest agricultural events in the English agricultural calendar.

Every year more than 130,000 visitors and over 8,500 animals converge on the...

British butterfly numbers soar

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British butterfly numbers soar

Written by Defra Press Office

A Chequered Skipper butterfly

Credit: Butterfly Conservation

There is positive coverage in the Times...

Weak sterling pushes up UK wheat prices

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Written by Jamie Day

Wheat prices have firmed sharply in recent days, driven by a sharp fall in the pound, with extra impetus provided by demand from the food industry as it rushes to satisfy consumers stocking up for a coronavirus lockdown. Alastair Pawsey, trader at Harlow Agricultural Merchants, explained that there is interest from flour millers, who want […]

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Kubota Forms Strategic Alliance With Microsoft to Accelerate Its Digital Transformation

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Written by Matt Hopkins

Kubota Corporation and Microsoft have announced a multi-year strategic alliance aimed at accelerating Kubota’s digital transformation. Through the […]

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AHDB succeeds in challenging red meat misinformation

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Written by Agriland Team

AHDB has successfully challenged claims by Quorn and the BBC over the environmental impact of red meat in the UK.

Quorn had inaccurately claimed: “Carbon emissions from livestock are greater than those of all global transport”. While the BBC had claimed: “Cutting meat is the single biggest way to reduce your environmental impact”.

As a result, the...

Watch for unexpected yellow rust in backward wheat

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Written by Charlotte Cunningham

Growers are being urged to stay alert for early-season yellow rust outbreaks appearing unexpectedly, especially in backward crops, according to the latest advice from Syngenta. Charlotte Cunningham reports. According to Syngenta’s senior field technical manager, Iain Hamilton, early rust reports are already coming in, after the mild winter did little to check infection...

Pig and poultry fair cancelled, Grassland and Muck too

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Written by John Swire

The British Pig & Poultry Fair 2020 (May 12-13) and Grassland and Muck 2020 (May 20-21) have been cancelled, after Prime Minister Boris Johnson said mass gatherings should not take place.

Mr Johnson said that while the risk of Coronavirus disease transmission at mass gatherings remained low, the Government was ‘moving emphatically away from’ mass gatherings requiring...

Starting gun fired on Single Application forms

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Written by John Swire

Farmers and crofters reminded that it is business as usual on CAP schemes​

With the Single Application Form (SAF) window now open (Sunday 15 March), NFU Scotland is encouraging crofters and farmers to prioritise filling out their forms online before the 15 May deadline.

The current uncertainty in the country around the impact of coronavirus and future...

Environment Secretary meets supermarket CEOs

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Environment Secretary meets supermarket CEOs

Written by Defra Press Office

Image of supermarket aisle with full shelve


Environment Secretary George Eustice met with representatives from the UK’s food industry this afternoon to discuss the ongoing response to coronavirus.

The UK has a...

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