05 March 2018 Latest from the Directors

A new ‘silent spring’?

But it’s not the birds that will be silenced, it’s the people. For the last fifty years chemicals and farming have been uneasy bedfellows. Talk to my grandfather’s generation and their introduction revolutionised food production, increasing yields, reducing the risk of disease and helping solve food shortages. But since the…

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22 February 2018 News

A brighter future for farming

Secretary of State Michael Gove set out the direction of travel for our farming industry this week at the NFU Farming Conference on 20 February 2018. Here is an excerpt from it, with a link to the full speech. “I believe that we should invest in research and development to…

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13 February 2018 News

Grants now available for your precision farming kit

The RDPE Countryside Productivity Scheme provides funding for projects in England which improve productivity in the farming and forestry sectors and help create jobs and growth in the rural economy. As Trimble authorised dealers for Northern UK, SoilEssentials can provide the precision farming hardware that can be purchased to qualify…

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13 February 2018 Latest from the Directors

The Glyphosate debate

Perhaps the most obvious example of the farming community and the public failing to see eye-to-eye is over the issue of Glyphosate and the recent discussion about banning it. There are many faults in this story. The farming community rightly insist that there is negligible evidence of harm and that…

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Event Date: November 21, 2018 — November 21, 2018 Events

AgriScot

AgriScot, now widely regarded as one of the premier events in UK agriculture, continues to develop its appeal to all sectors of the industry… both to the trade and to a wide cross section of farmers eager to seek out the products, services, advice and information necessary for their farming…

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Event Date: August 9, 2018 — August 9, 2018 Events

Potatoes in Practice

Potatoes in Practice is the largest field-based potato event in the UK and is organised and hosted by the James Hutton Institute. The free event brings together variety demonstrations, research and trade exhibits in one place making it an essential date in the potato industry calendar. We will be in attendance…

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Event Date: June 21, 2018 — June 24, 2018 Events

The Royal Highland Show

One of our favourite shows to attend every year and where you will find us on Avenue Q once again, for four fabulous days. Celebrating its 178th year, The Royal Highland Show is one of Scotland’s most iconic events, showcasing the very best of farming food and rural life. A great…

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Event Date: June 13, 2018 — June 14, 2018 Events

Cereals 2018: the arable event

Cereals: the UK’s technical event for the arable industry Join over 20,000 farmers, agronomists and industry professionals on the 13th & 14th June at Chrishall Grange, Duxford, Cambridgeshire, for the arable industry’s leading technical event. Your industry, your event Cereals 2018 is the start of a fresh, collaborative approach to…

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06 February 2018 Latest from the Directors

They huff and they puff

We have the most amazing opportunity to take a leading role in the world but somehow we find ourselves as both price takers and slaves to legislation and let’s be honest we end up complaining about both facts. Perhaps we should attempt to turn this around. I recently read an…

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30 January 2018 Latest from the Directors

Building trust

In the last few months and years our industry has faced some serious and challenging issues driven by public perception rather than hard science. In this and the next few blogs I will argue that we are collectively failing to address the publics concerns in a way that is relevant…

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