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Letter to Owen Patterson on Minor Uses of PPP’s

A joint letter on behalf of all NFUs has been sent to the new Secretary of State expressing concern at the increasing lack of plant protection products (PPP) for ‘minor uses’ and speciality crops, and the delay in making an EU decision on the future support structure for minor uses.

Rt Hon David Willetts evidence on commercialisation of research to the Parliamentary Science and Technology Committee

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RT Hon David Willetts opens LED4CROPS

The Minister for Universities and Science officially opened the LED 4 Crops facility at STC on July 19 th.



Following his tour of the facility the Minister said ‘I can see how this facility will allow revolutionary changes to be made to future horticultural production’ ‘ I am particularly pleased to see that STC have been able to build a total partnership incorporating Lancaster University , Philips Lighting world experience , Cambridge HOK construction  and STC technology transfer skills , to create a seamless knowledge route to growers ‘’ The Fellowship Award gives a base to build the work programme .

The guests enjoyed some real sunshine !



The Minister addressing guests.



Mr David Piccaver (STC Research Foundation Director) in debate over applied research funding with Mr Neil Bragg (chairman of HDC) awaiting to put his views .



EFRA select committee says there is no timetable for 91 commitments but tighten further the 92nd namely the peat targets.

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Sir John Beddington’s successor to be Sir Mark Walport

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