18 November 1999
News in Brief
SETTING up a new red-meat marketing initiative for the north of England will be discussed at a conference, Gaining a competitive edge for the northern red meat sector, in Kendal, Cumbria, on 25 November.
It will look at ways such an initiative could give farmers more involvement in the supply chain.
Organisers are the Plunkett Foundation and the Performance Improvement Partnership.
For further details call 01228 591000.
ORGANIC farmers are to get independent information on cereal variety performance from a series of trials grown under organic conditions.
The National Institute of Agricultural Botany, with support from members of the British Society of Plant Breeders, will test 13 wheat, seven winter oat and five triticale varieties on three established organic farms in Suffolk, Kent and Wiltshire.