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Think global – Act local

We can all now say we have been warned. Multiple internationally-recognised and peer-reviewed reports have warned of dire consequences if we do not urgently take action to protect global eco-systems. Governments, businesses and individuals have been told to drastically change consumption habits and...

Fail to plan or plan to succeed with Farm Business Management

Farming professionals are being urged to enrol on the AFTP’s popular Farm Business Management course, which starts on May 15 2019. The closing date for enrolment on the distance learning course, which is delivered online and runs from May to August 2019, is April 30th 2019. Latest survey data...

More research required to reduce rising methane levels

Click on the image (above) to view a Methane Infographic produced by the AFTP. Worldwide levels of methane have risen in the past ten years for reasons that are not fully understood as detailed in this article from the Guardian. The rise seems to indicate a surge in activity by methane-...

AFTP wins branding recognition at Transform Awards Europe 2019

The AFTP was awarded Silver in the 'Best Visual Identity from Farming and Agriculture' category at the tenth annual Transform Awards Europe event, which took place in London last week. Established in 2009, the Transform Awards has evolved into a celebration of the indispensable talent that exists...

New research to beat varroa threat to bee populations

Research being undertaken at the School of Veterinary Science and Medicine at the University of Nottingham by Dr Robert Atterbury is looking for innovative ways to combat the the honey bee ectoparasitic mite, Varroa destructor. Varroa is a serious threat to Apis cerana and Apis mellifera honey bee...

Ahead of March 29th - Brexit skills gap widens

As the final countdown to the day that the UK is currently scheduled to leave the EU approaches, there is a real concern within the agrifood sector that Brexit may make it more difficult to source skilled workers from outside the UK. Employers are already facing a skills shortage, particularly...

Agrifood Industry Advisory Board: barriers and opportunities to accessing funding for training

The first meeting of the re-structured Industry Advisory Board was held on 21 January 2019, to discuss graduate training needs and how they should be funded. The meeting was chaired by David May, of May Agrifood Services Ltd.  A dozen members of industry and members of the AFTP met in Central...

International Food Law course essential for 2019

The ability to stay current with international food law is going to be challenging for UK food manufacturers and producers. Understanding the implications of Brexit and potential trading partnerships outside the EU will be a key requirement for 2019. The AFTP’s International Food Law course is...

Food chain divided on EAT-Lancet Commission report

A globally challenging report written by the EAT-Lancet Commission that defines targets for healthy diets and sustainable food production has received a mixed response regarding its recommendations for the reduction of red meat consumption and the environmental assumptions contained within the...

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