Funding opportunities for agriculture and food businesses in new 15m Innovate UK competition
Innovate UK has just launched its latest 15 million GBP round of funding for health and life sciences with a focus on agriculture, food and healthcare. The funding is for projects that address technical or commercial challenges and the aim is to increase competitiveness for UK small and medium-sized enterprises. The KTN Agri-food Team is particularly keen to encourage agri-food industries to apply for this funding, so is hosting briefing events with a particular emphasis on opportunities for this sector in Edinburgh on 14 February and Birmingham on 16 February. Register now for one of these events to get expert help and advice from KTN's Agri-food Team, network with like-minded delegates, and meet potential collaborative partners. Grants can be awarded to a consortium, led by a business or a Research and Technology Organisation (non-academic), working with other organisations or research groups. All consortia must involve at least one SME. More information is available on the Innovate UK website and the closing date for applications is 12 April 2017.
Industry should prepare for change on plant protection products
Changing the law on use of plant production products is unlikely to be the first item on the UK Governments agenda post Brexit, but the industry should be preparing for regulatory change in the medium term, according to the AHDBs latest Horizon report. What will happen to Plant Health and Plant Protection Product regulations after Brexit is now available on line and hard copies of this Horizon report or any of the others in the series can be ordered by emailing: email@example.com
Relu Newsletter - January 2017
The Rural Economy and Land Use Programme January 2017 newsletter iincludes all the latest news and updates on Relu and LWEC research projects, events, staff and publications.
The value of farmer-led knowledge exchange
The increased integration of research with practice is making a significant contribution to the future success of UK crop production, delegates learned at the tenth AHDB Agronomists Conference. The conference, held in Peterborough before Christmas, highlighted the value of farmer-led knowledge exchange initiatives and the importance of combining increasingly limited funds and resources. A briefing by RuSource now available on OpenFields provides a useful summary of the discussion.
The impact of Brexit on protected food names.
In their latest publication the Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board (ADHB) analyses the impact of leaving the EU on the UKs ability to designate foodstuffs under the three existing EU Geographical Indication schemes, which were set up so producers could differentiate their products and improve their competitiveness and profitability. Products such as West Country Beef, Welsh Lamb, Melton Mowbray Pork Pies, Scottish Wild Salmon and Stilton Cheese may still get EU protection from imitations following Brexit provided the UK reciprocates for European products. To register non-EU products they must already be protected in their country of origin – which means the UK would need to set up its own national approval scheme.