Search is on to find SPot Farm

AHDB Potatoes' technical executive, Claire Hodge.

AHDB Potatoes' technical executive, Claire Hodge.

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The Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board (AHDB) has announced the quest for the first farmer host for its new Scottish Strategic Potato (SPot) Farm.

“The SPot Farm is a unique concept that improves the links between evidence based science and practical activity on-farm,” says project lead and AHDB Potatoes’ technical executive, Claire Hodge.

“We’re seeking an innovative grower to work with us to challenge conventional working practices and, using proven research, demonstrate how potato growers can benefit from applying beneficial adjustments to commercial growing systems.”

The joint AHDB and Scottish Government-funded project, worth £150,000, will run for three growing seasons, finishing in late 2019.

The SPot Farm is a practical, farmer-driven project all about giving growers the confidence to implement changes on their own farms.

Claire added: “Not only are we seeking a ware or seed grower, we’re also inviting forward-thinking farmers to come forward to join the steering group and help shape this project for the Scottish industry. The project will be rewarding for all involved, not least for the host farmer. Our aim is to uncover the research and ensure growers can use the results confidently from SPot Scotland to make real and beneficial changes to their businesses.”

The host farmer and the steering group will play a key role in establishing the focus of the project, so Scotland’s forward-thinking potato growers are encouraged to join the project and participate, and to benefit from the discoveries made throughout this important three-year project.

Those wanting to get involved should contact Claire Hodge at AHDB Potatoes on 01312977460 or email Claire.hodge@ahdb.org.uk