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Combining running AH Worth with flood management role

As Chief executive officer, Duncan Worth is responsible for the day to day management of AH Worth, owner of QV Foods and Worth Farms. With a combined annual turnover of £140 million, the businesses employ approximately 500 people. He is also chairman of South Holland internal drainage board (IDB), making him responsible for over 400...

Sep 30, 2017
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Elveden Estate – LEAF monitor and SPot Farm

Frances Wright explores some of the benefits of being a LEAF farm and how the second year of AHDB SPot Farm trials fit with these principals. Being a LEAF (Linking Environment and Farming) Demonstration Farm means looking at practices with a more holistic outlook than demanded by best practice, says Andrew Francis, farm manager at...

Aug 31, 2017
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Putting peas centre stage

Great British Pea Week which took place recently from the 10th to 16th July, celebrated the harvest of the humble pea. The end of June doesn’t just mean Glastonbury and Wimbledon; for hundreds of farmers it’s also time to harvest two billion portions of peas in order to meet Great British demand for the next...

Aug 31, 2017
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Worth Farms – a fourth generation family business

Around 1900, Arthur Hovenden Worth started ploughing grassland near Holbeach in Lincolnshire which had been used for sheep and the wool trade for many generations. Within five years he was planting potatoes, which today are a mainstay of the vegetable cropping on the 2,300 hectare farm. The A H Worth group of companies includes Worth...

Jul 31, 2017
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3Ms open new potato grading facility

3Ms (Three Musketeers) have been operating since 2001 and now have six farming shareholders who between them farm more than 34,000 acres. After nearly 18 months of careful investigation, they recently opened their new potato grading line, which is based at their site on the ex-USAF airbase at Bentwaters, near Woodbridge. A large number of...

Jun 30, 2017
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Can the nutritional value of UK grown produce be raised?

A major new study launched in February revealed that eating ten, rather than five portions of fruit and vegetables a day, could reduce health risks such as heart disease and cancer considerably. The research, conducted by scientists at Imperial College, London, showed that although a high fruit and vegetable intake has been recommended for the...

Jun 30, 2017
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Produce World reed bed visit

If you buy organic carrots from a major retailer in the UK, they have likely been washed with water filtered through a reed bed at Produce World’s factory in Yaxley, near Peterborough. “As an organic site, we invested in a natural water treatment process – a reed bed, to clean our water instead of using...

May 31, 2017
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Green cover proves headland attraction

Green cover headlands sown on potato and root vegetable crop headlands is proving a positive attraction for pollinators, and helping to conserve valuable soil resources. Successful results from a 2016 pilot project of the Syngenta Operation Pollinator initiative, instigated and supported exclusively by ASDA growers through the IPL supply chain, now aims to plant up...

Apr 30, 2017
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UK organic market tops £2 billion

The Soil Association’s recent 2017 Organic Market Report reveals the UK organic market continues its fifth year of growth and is now worth £2.09 billion. Total sales of organic products increased by 7.1% in 2016 while non-organic sales continued to decline. Organic represents around 1.5% of the total UK food and drink market. Key trends...

Apr 30, 2017
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Tackling pests and global economy discussed at conference

With no shortage of issues facing the industry, this year’s UK Brassica & Leafy Salads Conference in Peterborough attracted around 300 delegates. With a packed agenda featuring political, technical and commercial presentations, there was something for everyone. Dr Tina Barsby, CEO of NIAB EMR gave an overview of the organisations history and stressed that it...

Mar 31, 2017
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