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UK crop group buys US venture

Julian Ward, managing director at FineThe De Sangosse Group, a Cambridgeshire-based European leader in crop protection and enhancement solutions, has acquired Fine Holdings Limited and its subsidiaries, Fine Agrochemicals Limited and Fine Americas Inc, in a move to strengthen its international development strategy.

Growing agri-tech opportunities on agenda at first Pollinator

Belinda-Clarke-farmThe growing power of technology in agriculture will be evident as East of England companies attend the first Pollinator networking event run by Agri-Tech East in Cambridge UK on September 17.

Anglia Farmers launches service to help rural firms

FarmlandA new service has been launched by Anglia Farmers to help rural businesses and farmers gain access to millions of pounds worth of grant funding.

Agri-tech harnessed for greater farming yields

Produce-WorldAn East of England agri-tech partnership is sharing in £18 million UK government funding to harness Big Data to boost farming yields and operational facilities.

Genomics boost to grass-crop harvests

David-BakerAn international genomics alliance promises to boost grass-crop harvests.

Moore’s agri-law could revolutionise crop production

Graham-MooreScientists at the John Innes Centre in Norwich have cracked a genetic mystery that could lead to healthier crop production worldwide. Professor Graham Moore and his team believe their breakthrough could have “big implications for agriculture.”

Bionic flies could save crops

OxitecNew research suggests that releasing genetically engineered fruit flies into the wild could prove a cheap, effective and environmentally friendly way of pest control.

Demand for ‘lifestyle’ farmland grows in East of England

Joshua-MillerThe East of England is cashing in on a new land rush which has seen the cost of farmland in the UK rise by four per cent in the first half of 2014 to £8,607 an acre. And a Cambridge surveyor says some bare arable land is breaking the £10k per acre barrier.

Mills & Reeve advises on £249m farm business acquisition

Michael-AubreyCambridge-based national law firm Mills & Reeve has acted for global charitable foundation the Wellcome Trust in the largest and most complex acquisition of an agricultural portfolio.

Farmers should cash in as land prices rise in Cambridge

Mark-RussellDemand for land around Cambridge is defying the UK picture, according to a specialist at Carter Jonas.

UK-India alliance tackles crop killers

UK-India-cropsCrop science specialists in the UK and India are working on an East-meets-East collaboration targeting parasites that are killing potato and other crops worldwide.

Cambridge concern over agricultural land shortfall

FarmlandCambridge business leaders have called on the Government to act over a possible two million hectare shortfall of agricultural land by the year 2030.

UK-Colombia alliance on global food security

BIOS-TGAC Mario CaccamoDirector Mario Caccamo and Computational Biology Group Leader Dr Sarah Ayling at The Genome Analysis Centre (TGAC) in Norfolk visited BIOS, Colombia’s Centre for Bioinformatics and Computational Biology, to explore potential collaborations in crop genomics and bioinformatics.

Technology in agriculture: cultivating the thrilling fields

Dr-Belinda-ClarkeAgri-tech provides the next focus for technology innovation offering tangible returns within short lead times says Dr Belinda Clarke, director of Agri-Tech East. The organisation is creating a global innovation hub for the sector.

Agri-Tech quartet share £250k

Lane-Farm-FoodsFour agricultural technology companies from Cambridge and the East of England will share £250k – the first grant allocations from the new Eastern Agri-Tech Growth Initiative, which has a total pot of £3.2 million.

Cash harvest for Anglia Farmers

Clarke-WillisA strong set of financial results have reflected a very successful year for agricultural purchasing organisation, Anglia Farmers.

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