2018 Curling Dinner Raffle – Charity Donation

Those BPTA members and their guests who attended the 2018 BPTA Potato Industry Dinner at Perth on 22nd February 2018 raised £590 in the Charity Raffle. This was rounded up to £600 and donated to My Name’5 Doddie Foundation – a Motor Neuron Disease charity named for Doddie Weir the former Scottish Rugby Union internationalist. A thank you letter from the charity is below. Thanks to all who contributed by donating prizes and giving generously.

 

Review of the Plant Health (Export Certification) Fees as charged by the Scottish Government

The Scottish Government has launched a consultation on its Review of the Plant Health (Export Certification) Fees. The consultation document can be found at – http://www.gov.scot/Publications/2017/12/2001/downloads#res529265  and you can respond at https://consult.gov.scot/plant-health/review-of-plant-health-export-certification-fees.

 

Germicopa UK Ltd

Company:  Germicopa UK Ltd
Website:  www.germicopa.com
Description: Germicopa breeds potato varieties matching customers’ agronomic, industrial, culinary and environmental requirements from diversified genetic resources that are constantly enhanced.
Contact:  Warren Keyes
Email:  Email this member
Tel:  +44 7876 442287
Fax:  –
Address: 1 Wold View Road North
Driffield
East Yorkshire
YO25 6RP

Monitoring and control of the potato brown rot bacterium in irrigation water

Defra has published a Plant Pest Factsheet on Monitoring and control of the potato brown rot bacterium in irrigation water. This follows findings of Ralstonia solanacearum in river water in parts of Cambridgeshire in 2016. The factsheet can be found here – https://planthealthportal.defra.gov.uk/assets/factsheets/irrigation-guidelines-factsheetformat-2017-final.pdf

 

Cuprokylt (Copper oxychloride)

AHDB Potatoes has informed BPTA that the following emergency authorisation will be issued on 15th May of the use of Cuprokylt (Copper oxychloride) to control blight in potatoes for a period of 120 days. This will be welcomed by the organic sector and has been gained with the approval of the Soil Association.

It is expected that the formal authorisation will be released on 15th May 2017. Without being in possession of this authorisation the pesticide must not be applied.

Please note:
• This emergency authorisation does not take effect until 15th May.
• It lasts for 120 days and therefore expires on 12th September.
• When applying this product under the terms of this Emergency Authorisation, comply with any resistance guidance or restrictions stated on the product label.
• Neither the efficacy nor the phytotoxicity of the product for which this authorisation has been granted has been assessed and, as such, the user bears in mind the risk in respect of failures concerning its efficacy or phytotoxicity.

Sandy McGowan

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Sandy has worked for Grampian Growers Ltd since 2014 when he joined them as General Manager.  He previously worked with the IPM Potato Group as both Fieldsman and Operations Manager for their Scottish production since graduating from Aberdeen University in 2014.  He joined BPTA Council in 2016 and given his experience in exporting seed from the UK was added to the Export Committee, he also sits on the BPTA Legal and Arbitration Committee.  A relative newcomer to all things BPTA he is very keen to hear from any of the members on anything related to the Association.

Away from potatoes Sandy lives in Fife with his wife and 2 young children.  Interests include rugby (mostly spectating and commenting on these days), golf, cycling, running and walking the dog!

Contact – sandy@grampiangrowers.co.uk

Angela Cliffe

Angela Cliffe

Having completed an HND in Agriculture at Harper Adams, I started my career with Ross Produce (now Greenvale AP) at Market Drayton in August 1986 as a ‘fieldsperson’. This gave me the opportunity to learn on the job from field walking, through to buying, trading and selling seed along with building up technical knowledge of the crop. I spent 14 years in the Midlands before moving to the South West to manage the early Cornish crop, salads and maincrop across the South West building relationships with growers and supplying the factory in Shropshire. In 2014 after 27 years I moved to Branston Potatoes where I am the Procurement Manager for the South West.
I was elected to the BPTA in June 2016 and sit on the ware committee.
I live in Somerset with my husband David an Environmental advisor (to many potato growers) and we have 4 grown up children. I play tennis in my spare time and enjoy walking the dogs in the beautiful South West.

Please contact Angela:

Tel: 01460 240862

Email: acliffe@branston.co.uk

 

BPTA Council Election 2016

At the BPTA AGM on 6th July outgoing President Russ Kelsey announced the result of the BPTA Council Election 2016.

There were 3 vacancies on Council. The vacancies arose from the normal retiral of Graham Bennett, Jim McCreight and Andrew Skea.

Two nominations for Council were received from the membership which meant that for the second consecutive year but only the second time in the history of BPTA there was the need for an election. Ballot papers were issued to the membership and 39 were returned by deadline of 6pm on 27th June 2016 representing an turnout of 36% of the electoral roll. The following is the result of the ballot:

McGOWAN Sandy              34 votes       Elected

SKEA Andrew                    23 votes       Re-elected

CLIFFE Angela                   22 votes       Elected

BENNETT Graham             21 votes       Not elected

McCREIGHT Jim                  7 votes       Not elected

Sandy McGowan (Grampian Growers Ltd) and Angela Cliffe (Branston Ltd)  have therefore joined Council.

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and Andrew Skea has been re-elected

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Graham Bennett and Jim McCreight step down from Council and were thanked for their service.

Graeme Prentice takes office as BPTA President

Presidential handshake with Graeme Prentice and Russ Kelsey

Graeme Prentice (left) is congratulated on becoming the 6th President of the British Potato Trade Association by Russ Kelsey who becomes the BPTA’s immediate Past President. The handshake took place at Ibbotsons, Tadcaster where the Association held its 10th AGM on 6th July 2016.

Paul Wood replaces Graeme as Vice-President

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and Jonathon Rooke was installed as Deputy Vice-President.

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David Burks

David Burks

David Burks is the Marketing Director and one of the founder Shareholder Members at Whole Crop Marketing Limited based in the East Riding of Yorkshire. He has previously been a senior potato buyer at E Park & Sons and before that a potato buyer at MBM Produce Ltd. David was co-opted to Council in October and immediately installed as Chair of its Ware Committee. David grew up on a mixed farm in the heart of the Yorkshire wold where his company now concentrates its large operation of seed production. He is married to Rebecca and they have two children Jacob (9) and Jessica (7). His interests include golf, shooting and gardening, taking over from the hole left by quitting Cricket and Rugby for Driffield 5 years ago.

Please contact David:
Email: db@wholecropmarketing.co.uk
Office:01377 217873

Miriam Doe

Miriam Doe

Miriam Doe began her career in the potato industry as a temporary seed potato growing crop inspector for the Scottish Government based in the Angus area while on summer holidays from University. Following graduation, she started full time employment at Greenvale AP in 2006 as a fieldsperson and in 2010 she became Seed QC Manager. In February 2015 Miriam moved to WCF Horticulture as seed buyer, purchasing approximately 3000 tonnes for the horticultural market.
When she is not working Miriam enjoys curling for Dunsinane Curling Club and training her horse with a view to entering competitions next year.
Miriam is Committee member of the Royal Highland Education Trust – a charity which promotes food and farming to school children. She is currently working on a new potato growing project for schools within Perth and Kinross.

To contact Miriam:

Tel: 01738 584109
Email: miriam@wcfhorticulture.co.uk

The Potato Link

Company:  The Potato Link
Website:  http://www.thepotatolink.com
Description: The trading of potatoes from farm to the wholesale market with the advantage of grading, packing and storing with logistics.
Contact:  Richard Taylor
Email:  Email this member
Tel:  07771 331256
Fax:
Address: 17 Oak Lane
Littleport
Ely
Cambridgeshire
CB6 1RS

 

John Nightingale

It was with regret that Council heard of the recent death of John Nightingale. John passed peacefully in his sleep last week at the age of 82. He had been suffering poor health of late.

John’s career in the industry spanned from 1982 starting with Pattullo Higgs before moving to the potato section of the Ross Group (who ultimately became Greenvale) until his retirement around 2000.

He served on NASPM Council and chaired its Education & Entertainment Committee for many years. The Association Secretary has written to John’s daughter, Charlotte to express condolences on behalf of BPTA Council and membership.

BPTA AGM 2015

The BPTA AGM 2015 was held at SASA, Edinburgh on 1st July 2015 with 10 member companies in attendance and another 10 member companies voting by proxy. President Russ Kelsey welcomed Miriam Doe (WCF Horticulture Ltd) onto Council and paid tribute to Tony Barnes who has stepped down. The AGM approved all 3 motions – to accept the 2014-15 accounts; to re-appoint Henderson Loggie as the Association’s accountants and to maintain 2015-16 membership subscriptions at 2014-15 levels..

Russ Kelsey delivered his address to the AGM and a copy can be accessed by following the link below. Following the AGM John Speirs of the Scottish Government delivered a presentation on Plant Health. A copy of this presentation will be posted on the BPTA website shortly.

President’s AGM Report July 2015

President Russ Kelsey addresses AGM 2015 with Deputy Vice President Paul Wood BPTA members attending AGM 2015 John Speirs (Scottish Government) delivers his Plant Health presentation at BPTA AGM 2015

“Potatoes: what are the threats they face and what can we do to save our spuds?”

“Potatoes: what are the threats they face and what can we do to save our spuds?” On Monday 22nd June sense about science is running a live Q&A with a panel of scientists who are all researching different ways to protect our potatoes. More information can be found by following the link below.

http://www.senseaboutscience.org/pages/potatoes-what-are-the-risks-they-face-and-what-can-we-do-about-them.html

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Epitrix Update

The UK Plant Health Services have issued a letter updating the position with findings of Epitrix on potatoes imported from previously non-demarcated areas of Spain. The letter and accompanying leaflet are reproduced below.

Epitrix is a very damaging pest of potato from North America that is now established in Spain and Portugal and imported potatoes from these countries represents a real and present threat to the UK potato industry. The threat posed by this pest and measures that are being taken and possibly proposed in the future should be of grave interest to all those who make a living from potatoes in this country. Please take time to consider this matter.Epitrix

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Epitrix pest alert 4 – June 2015

Award of the Haigh Trophy 2014: Bob Doig

The Haigh Trophy has been awarded to Bob Doig. The presentation was made by Russ Kelsey, BPTA President to Rob Doig (Bob’s son) at a dinner in Dundee on 14th November 2014. Bob was unable to attend in person due to his wife being taken ill.

CitationPresident Russ Kelsey presents the Haigh Trophy awarded to Bob Doig to his son Rob Doig 2014

Robert (Bob) Doig has been involved and pro-active in the potato industry spanning 6 decades. He is renowned for promoting a sustainable, people based potato industry that is grown by forging lasting relationships with both suppliers and customers at every level. He has impacted on the potato industry at every level from breeding and variety development as a member of the Caithness group of companies, through the championing of Scottish seed potatoes to liaison with multiple retailers. On a political level he was instrumental in advocating the move from the former Potato Marketing Board towards a body much more suited to today’s industry. As such he has had considerable influence on the industry as we know it today. He served on the Council of the Scottish Potato Trade Association and served as its President during 1991-94. He still plays an active role in the business  he founded (Robert Doig Ltd) along with his wife, Zella, who bred a number of the varieties currently being marketed by Caithness, and his son Robert, who manages the business today.

Haigh Trophy Certificate Doig 2014

BPTA Tuber Training Course 2014

BPTA in association with SASA is running a Tuber Classification Training Refresher Course on Tuesday 4th November 2014 at Gogarbank, Edinburgh. The delegate fee including lunch, refreshments and Vat is £240. If you are interested please contact the BPTA Secretariat at charlie.greenslade@bpta.org.uk 0131 623 0183. Further details and an application form can be found in the links below.

BPTA Tuber Training Course 2014 membership letter – 021014

BPTA Tuber Training Course 2014 Provisional Course Programme 2014 (Tuber)

BPTA Tuber Training Course 2014 Application Form

SASA Headquarters

Dickeya absent from 2014 Scottish Growing Crop

Follow the link below for a summary of SASA’s 2014 Scottish potato growing crop survey for Dickeya. The good news is that there were no positive findings again this year. SASA comment that these results reinforce the view that if industry continues to purchase Scottish-origin seed freedom from this damaging pathogen can be maintained.

Dickeya 2014 GCI Report by SASA

SASA Headquarters

BPTA Secretary at Potato Europe

The BPTA Secretary is attending Potato Europe at Hanover, Germany and is then on holiday. Consequently the BPTA Office is closed. The office will be open on Friday this week for a short period between 10 am and 12 noon and will then close again until Monday 15th September 2014. If your business is urgent please phone the BPTA Secretary on 07518 404330.

BPTA AGM 2014 – Short Report

BPTA AGM Brief Report

The 8th Annual General meeting of the Association took place on 1st July 2014 at Boston West Golf Club, Hubbert’s Bridge, Boston, Lincolnshire. There were 16 attendees representing 15 member companies and therefore the required quorum of 14 was achieved.The meeting heard Andrew Skea deliver his second and final Report of Council – a copy of which can be found in the ‘members-only’ area of the website. A motion to adopt the Association’s Accounts for the year to 31st March 2014 was proposed by Gerard Croft, seconded by Colin Herron and approved by the meeting. Andrew Skea also proposed that Henderson Loggie should be appointed as the Association’s accountants for the year to 31st March 2015. This motion was seconded by Tony Barnes and approved by the meeting. Andrew Skea introduced the Association’s Budget for 2014-2015 and explained a proposal to introduce a new lower bandwidth of 0-500 tonnes of seed potatoes for the calculation of membership subscriptions provided that the qualifying member did not trade more than 2,000 tonnes of ware potatoes. A 3% increase in BPTA membership subscriptions across the board was also proposed to match inflation and to create a reserve equivalent to one year’s trading.The motion was proposed by Tony Barnes, seconded by Paul Wood and carried by the meeting.The 5 Council members who were required to retire all offered themselves for re-election and there was one new nomination received from the membership. As there was also a resignation all 6 nominations were accepted without the need for an election. John Addams-Williams, Nigel Allam, Tony Barnes, Gerard Croft and Paul Wood will remain on Council and will be joined by Jonathon Rooke of HZPC UK Ltd who will fill the vacancy created by Philip Burgess’ resignation following his appointment with the Potato Council. Lastly, Andrew Skea installed  Russ Kelsey as the 5th President of the Association. Graeme Prentice  becomes Vice President and Paul Wood the Deputy Vice President. Russ thanked Andrew for his Presidency and closed the meeting by inviting Caroline Evans, Head of Marketing and Corporate Affairs at the Potato Council to speak to the meeting. A formal minute of the AGM will be sent to members shortly.

Andrew Skea congratulates Russ Kelsey on his elevation to the BPTA Presidency Office bearers BPTA members listen to the President's Report

BPTA Office closed until 8.30am on Thursday 3rd July 2014

The BPTA Secretary is travelling today to Boston, Lincolnshire prior to attending BPTA Council meeting and BPTA AGM tomorrow. Therefore the BPTA office is now closed until 8.30am on Thursday 3rd July 2014. I shall have intermittent access to email during this period. If your business is urgent please call 07518 404330 and if necessary leave a message.

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BPTA Fishing Competition 2014

BPTA organised a successful fishing competition at Rutland Water on Wednesday, 4th June 2014.The weather promised another wash out but turned out a fine day albeit with an odd shower. Eleven anglers braved the conditions and Ross Haynes (pictured with his best fish weighing in at 4lb 9oz) was again the best individual with a total catch of 9lb 14oz.

The full Role of Honour was:

Ross Haynes - Best Individual at BPTA Fishing Competition 2014

Best Individual
1st Ross Haynes – 9lb 14oz
2nd Dougie Waters – 5lb.
3rd Paul Wood – 3lb 8oz

Best Fish
1st Ross Haynes – 4lb 9oz
2nd Dougie Waters – 2lb 8oz
3rd Mark Oughtred – 1lb 13oz

Best Boat
1st Ross Haynes and Andrew Lorimer – 11lb 9oz
2nd Paul Wood, Rob Doig and Ed Parker – 5lb 2oz
3rd Paul Shepherd and Dougie Waters – 5lb

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Scottish Government’s Plant Health Workshop on 18th March 2014

The Scottish Government hosted a Plant Health Workshop on 18th March 2014 at SASA, Edinburgh at which BPTA attended along with other stakeholder organisations. The event was opened by Paul Wheelhouse, MSP, the Minister for Environment and Climate Change, who announced the development of a Scottish Plant Health Strategy.

Please follow the link below to access the programme and presentations.

http://www.scotland.gov.uk/Topics/farmingrural/Agriculture/plant/PlantHealth/PHWPresentations

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BPTA Dinner & Dance 2013: Charity donations

BPTA Council decided that it would support 2 charities at its 2013 Dinner & Dance held at the Woodlands Hotel, Broughty Ferry on Friday, 22nd November 2013. The 2 charities chosen were Farm Africa (which helps African farmers grow themselves out of poverty) and Scotty’s Little Soldiers (which helps the children of men and women killed while serving in the British Armed Forces). Due to the generosity of patrons attending the Dinner & Dance and those businesses that donated prizes the marvelous sum of £1,000 was raised and this was equally divided between the 2 charities. Letters of thanks from the 2 supported charities can be viewed below.

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letter from Farm Africa March 2014

The Scottish Society for Crop Research Potato Winter Meeting: 24 March 2014

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The Scottish Society for Crop Research (SSCR) Potato Sub-committee is pleased to invite you to attend the Potato Winter Meeting at The James Hutton Institute, Dundee DD2 5DA on Monday 24 March 2014.

The programme can be found by following the link below.

Please note that this meeting is free for SSCR members but there is a £15 attendance fee for non-members. Membership of SSCR costs £15 a year and there will be the opportunity to join at the meeting.

Attendees are requested to pre-register.

Please confirm your attendance to: Sharon Neilson, Events Co-ordinator, The James Hutton Institute, Dundee DD2 5DA Tel: 01382 568 750 Email: events@hutton.ac.uk BASIS points have been applied for and will be available to attendees on the day

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BPTA Curling Competition

Our curling trophy has been competed for since 1937. Winners of the 2013/14 competition are: Gavin Walker, Findlay Russell, Craig Watson, Colin Herron (skip).
8 teams have participated each year for the last c10? years. At least another two teams would like to take part next season so we may change the format slightly – please contact Andrew Skea if you’d like to put a team forward. Also welcome would be suggestions for format of the competition.

2013-14 winners (Gavin Walker, Findlay Russell, Craig Watson, Colin Herron (skip))

Europatat Congress 2014 – Sponsorship opportunity

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The Europatat Congress will take place in Brussels on 22-23 May 2014.

Europatat is about to open the sponsorship opportunities to non-members. 2 of the 4 sponsor places have already been taken up!

The congress website has been finalised and on-line registration is now possible. The public announcement will take place next week, provided the majority of key note speakers have confirmed. Make sure you benefit from this opportunity and enjoy the visibility of our communications during the FruitLogistica trade fair!

The document below provides further information on the 2 attractive packages which have been established with a discount for direct members.

Europatat Congress 2014 – Sponsorship opportunity

 

Plant Health Risk Register

The link below will open up a letter from Defra launching a UK Plant Health Risk Register. The Register is a tool for government, industry and stakeholders to prioritise action against pests and diseases which threaten our crops, trees, gardens and countryside. Your Association was one of the stakeholder organisations that were involved in the construction of the Register.

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Defra consults on review of fees for UK National Listing and Plant Breeders’ Rights

Defra has issued a consultation on review of fees for UK National Listing and Plant Breeders’ Rights. A copy of the consultation documents can be located at https://consult.defra.gov.uk/farming/national-listing-and-plant-breeders-rights-consult. Defra’s preferred option is to increase the various fees in order to reach full cost recovery in a staged way by 2016. The deadline for comments 10th January 2014.