After Brexit UK Farming representatives agree a statement given below and taken from NFU publication

 

The UK Farming Roundtable has agreed a list of principles that it believes should guide policy development and implementation once the UK leaves the EU.

The statement calls on the four UK governments to ‘establish and maintain regular, formal and cooperative arrangements to manage policy, legislation and delivery of regulation across the UK’ and that a priority should be to ‘take every step to retain and protect a single market access for food, agricultural commodities, live animals and plant products throughout the UK’.

The agreement came at a recent meeting of the UK Farming Roundtable chaired by NFU President Minette Batters, where it was proposed that a UK policy framework for farming should include the following:

  • Respect and maintain the current devolution settlement of policy and regulation to the constituent parts of the United Kingdom should be respected and maintained.
  • The UK’s various governments, parliaments and regulators should take every step to retain and protect a single market access for food, agricultural commodities, live animals and plant and plant products throughout the UK.
  • In developing distinct agricultural policies to replace the Common Agricultural Policy, farming ministers across the UK should ensure that potential differences in application of agricultural policy should not adversely impact on trade within the UK.
  • Farming ministers across the UK and agricultural departments must establish and maintain regular, formal and cooperative arrangements to manage policy, legislation and delivery of regulation across the UK economic area. A guiding principle should be that no single country determines or curtails UK policy in the rest of the UK.
  • No part of the UK should be able to act, or avoid action, that threatens to curtail access for other parts of the UK to third country markets, or that question the UK’s adherence to its international agreements.
  • We welcome the government’s commitment to provide the same cash total in funds for farm support as is currently paid out under the CAP.  In the longer term, with the development of a new domestic agricultural policy, at least the same level of public investment in agriculture should be retained.

UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) set out its plans to strengthen the UK’s world-leading knowledge economy

UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) set out its plans to strengthen the UK’s world-leading knowledge economy as it launched its Strategic Prospectus on Monday.

The prospectus will create a research and innovation system that is fit for the future and equipped to tackle the environmental, social and economic challenges of the 21st century. Research and innovation are at the heart of our modern Industrial Strategy,

 

https://www.ukri.org/files/about/ukri-strategy-document-pdf/?pdf=Strategic-Prospectus

Brexit, science and innovation: Government Response to the Committee’s Second Report

https://publications.parliament.uk/pa/cm201719/cmselect/cmsctech/1008/100802.htm

Job Advert – New Science Opportunities at Stockbridge

 

 

 

Stockbridge Technology Centre (STC) Ltd, based in Yorkshire, is one of the UK’s leading independent applied Research & Development Centres delivering technology for UK horticulture & agriculture.

We are now offering the opportunity of 1-year fixed contracts (with the intention for these to become permanent positions for the right candidates) in various specialisms and at various levels in our Science Department.

Roles as Technician through to Project Manager are available covering specialist areas such as Plant Pathology, Entomology, Sustainable and Photobiology.  The ideal candidate will be qualified to degree level or above in such a discipline, or alternatively be qualified by experience. 

Ideally you will bring relevant experience such as R&D trial work, delivering knowledge transfer and bid writing.

You should possess an analytical mind with a high level of attention to detail, work in an efficient organised manner and have good oral and written communication skills.

The ability to work as part of a team when required is essential, as is working independently as required.

Candidates with PA1/PA6 & BASIS qualifications are preferred.

This role will require off-site travel.  We are based in a rural location, so a clean driving license and own transport are essential.

Salary will be commensurate to experience.

If you think you have the right skills to become part of our team please forward your CV and covering letter to Mrs. Elaine Hukins, Office Manager, by email at elaine.hukins@stc-nyorks.co.uk.  Should you require more information regarding the positions, including salary range, please contact Elaine on 01757 268275 or by email.

Closing date for applications – Friday 25th May 2018

Announcement – Dr Phillip Davis

After five years working on LED lighting technology with core funding from the Horticultural Fellowship Fund sponsored by HTA, The East Malling Trust and AHDB (HDC) inspired by Neil Bragg, Phillip is moving on.
In 2012 STC built a large closed environment insulated facility constructed by Cambridge HOK and using Philips LED lights to look at the growth of plants under various spectral regimes.
Phillip came to work in this world leading facility and has carried out projects on a wide range of edible and ornamental crops both for AHDB but also many private growers. He also worked with tomatoes looking at overhead and inter-lighting comparison treatments. Such is the speed of LED lighting development, both in closed environments and other glasshouse crops, that commerce have largely taken up the work and are moving ahead. The closed environment work is mainly now termed Urban Farming and developments are worldwide aimed at overcoming severe climates, proximity to consumer and hygiene of crops.
Phillip is an expert in these fields having worked in the STC facilities and closely with others. As such he is in demand and will be progressing in the commercial part of the industry. We wish him well.
Graham Ward OBE said “the objective of STC is to develop and transfer science as practical technology for our customers. Phillip has done this with LED lights, for us, over the last five years. We expect our staff to move out to the commercial world and we wish him well in his new career.
With the excellent LED facilities at STC, including the new CHAP LED facility, our Director of Science, Dr David George looks forward to introducing a new Business Manager in Photobiology to continue this valuable work for the industry.”