• UK farm ministers are seeking applicants for positions on the British Wool Marketing Board from Apr 1. The posts, likely to be for three years, will attract an honorarium of £6947 a year plus travelling and subsistence expenses.
Ministers are looking for candidates with experience and proven expertise in any or all the following areas – commerce, marketing, finance, administration, public affairs, the organisation of workers.
Application forms can be obtained from MAFF (0270-270 8582) and must be returned by Oct 7.
• PROFESSOR Michael Wilson has been appointed the new chief executive for Horticulture Research International. He has been HRIs science and site director since April this year and was previously deputy director at the Scottish Crop Research Institute.
• CASESof agricultural pollution fell to their lowest recorded levels last year, although there was a slight increase in the number of water pollution incidents, Environment Agency figures show.
According to the agency, dairy farms continue to be the worst polluters in the agricultural sector, with beef units replacing sheep farms as the second worst offenders last year.