EU ends chlorpropham (CIPC) approval

The European Union has failed to renew the approval for the use of the chlorpropham (CIPC) active ingredient as a potato sprout suppressant and specialist crop herbicide. While the decision was widely anticipated, it has been greeted with disappointment by the...

Gemini inaugurates agronomy student prize

Gemini Agriculture, the generic agrochemical business established by two former Certis executives, is offering a final year student prize to encourage more entrants into the agronomy profession. The company was co-founded in 2015 by James Clovis, formerly Certis’ UK...

Gove must engage with farmers over post Brexit agri policy

Farmers must be at the heart of a future UK domestic agricultural policy, and food production must be at the policy’s core, NFU president Minette Batters emphasised to Defra secretary of state Michael Gove this week. Mrs Batters was speaking at a joint NFU and Defra...

EU further behind US in plant breeding innovation

EU farmers have warned that the US regulator’s adoption of genome editing technologies risks leaving European plant breeders even further behind, due to the EU’s conservative regulatory attitude to innovative genetic  technologies.Last week, US Department of...

Cisco consortium to pilot 5G signal for rural areas

Two consortia have won government funding for rural area projects from a £25 million pot designed to test the feasibility of 5G connectivity roll out into the UK economy.  The work aims to help the UK become a leader in 5G while enabling some of its disconnected,...