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.
Your chance to have a say on AHDB strategies
The Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board (AHDB) is inviting comments on their new corporate strategy and sector strategies. These are designed to identify areas where the AHDB thinks they could make the biggest difference in improving competitiveness and productivity in the industry. The strategies result from a review they carried out last winter with the industry and take into account the challenges and opportunities that Brexit could now present. The documents may be found on the AHDB website and your comments and feedback should be emailed to email@example.com or posted to Natalie Reynolds, Strategy Team, AHDB, Stoneleigh Park, Kenilworth, Warwickshire, CV8 2TL. The consultation closes at 17.00 hrs on Monday 9 January 2017.
The changing landscape and sustainable intensification
In the latest issue of the Sustainable Intensification Platform newsletter SIPScene the research team brings up to date news and views from their project ranging from natural flood management to the best principles for designing decision support tools.
Rural Business Research report brings latest intelligence from farms in England
Rural Business Research (RBR) reports that farmers are very keen that their voice is heard both during the Brexit negotiations and future agriculture policy discussions. They urge the NFU to be very proactive and for Defra to seek farmer views on the future direction of UK agriculture. In their latest report RBR collates views from farm businesses across England about the future following the referendum vote, as well as the current business position for different types of farming enterprise. See their Intelligence Reports from the Regions for this twice-yearly round up.