Welcome to landbridge

A knowledge exchange network for researchers and rural professionals who advise farming and land businesses


Latest News

New Agri-Brexit Coalition will work together to ensure positive outcomes for the industry

Eight organisations and trade associations involved in agribusiness are bringing their expertise together to represent the interests of the industry as negotiations on Brexit progress. The Agri-Brexit Coalition has been founded by: Agricultural Engineers Association (AEA), Agricultural Industries Confederation (AIC), British Society of Plant Breeders (BSPB), Central Association of Agricultural Valuers (CAAV), Crop Protection Association (CPA), Grain and Feed Trade Association (GAFTA), National Association of Agricultural Contractors (NAAC), and National Office of Animal Health (NOAH). The Coalition Coordinator is David Caffall, who is Chief Executive of AIC. This new group will focus on key issues in Brexit negotiations which are pertinent to the UK trading and supplying of goods, services, technology and advice to UK farmers. Their aim is to achieve a positive outcome to negotiations for UK Agriculture as well as the EU and the wider world.


Leading academic calls for more effective rural policy post Brexit

Could Brexit provide an opportunity to redesign more effective support for entrepreneurial rural communities? Sally Shortall is Duke of Northumberland Professor of Rural Economy at Newcastle University and she comes from a farming family. In our latest Landbridge blog she explains why she would welcome a more holistic approach to rural policy in a post Brexit world.


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: sue.fox@ahdb.org.uk


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.










"The more knowledge you share, the more you will benefit in return"

Mike Butcher, Agronomist and Landbridge member