Thursday, February 24, 2011

Food System Planning Theory and Practice call for papers

Next call for papers:

Food System Planning Theory and Practice (deadline: April 20)

Bolstered by growing societal concerns about the equity and environmental sustainability of the global food system, planners increasingly are becoming engaged in local efforts to analyze and address food system challenges and opportunities.

Food system planning is increasingly practiced not just by planning professionals, but also by architects, landscape architects, and staff at NGOs and public agencies. In this special topic focus, we encourage practicing planners and others engaged in food system planning — as well as planning scholars and students — to submit applied research-based papers. As there is little attention paid to their work in the literature, rural planners are especially encouraged to submit papers.

Examples of topics include:

* food deserts, swamps, and oases
* siting of community and public gardens, and farmers' and mobile markets
* innovations in emergency food assistance
* retail access
* regional planning and economic development related to farm and agribusiness retention and expansion
* mapping of food distribution systems
* farmland protection
* metropolitan agriculture
* food policy councils
* integrating food policy into state and federal agencies

See more details at JAFSCD's calls for papers.

Monday, February 14, 2011

Update: February 2011

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If you have any events, news or advertisements you would like to see included in the next newsletter, please email by 10am on 14 March 2011.

Content in Summary:

Events -
CPPS lecture by Professor Daniel Zamir (Hebrew University of Jerusalem) Is there a limit to tomato yield? 17 Feb 2011, 16:00-17:00 at the Dept of Plant Sciences, Cambridge CB2 3EA, followed by networking;
Training Event: Growing Quality Ware Potatoes: 24 Feb 2011, 09:00-16:00 in Attleborough;
Conference: Reducing Greenhouse Gas Emissions from Agriculture: 28 Feb-1 March 2011, at the Royal Society
Funding Opportunities -
Nuffield Farming Scholarships Trust (NFST) Award to explore 'Life after manufactured fertiliser', deadline 18 March 2011;
TSB Sustainable Agriculture Call: deadline 11 May 2011
Jobs - ADAS Graduate Scheme; deadline 9am on 25 Feb 2011


Next CPPS Lecture
Speaker: Professor Daniel Zamir, Hebrew University of Jerusalem
Title: Is there a limit to tomato yield?
Date: 17 Feb 2010, 16:00-17:00 (followed by wine & nibbles)
Venue: Dept of Plant Sciences (Large Lecture Theatre), Cambridge CB2 3EA
The lecture will be followed by networking over wine and nibbles; an excellent opportunity to connect with the speaker and other members from industry and academia! All welcome, no registration is necessary.
Abstract available here

Growing Quality Ware Potatoes
A seminar from the Training Association
Date: 24 Feb 2011, 09:00-16:00
Venue: Breckland Lodge, Attleborough, Norfolk
BASIS CPD points have been applied for
This seminar will deal with the blemishes and rots and what can go wrong with potato tubers destined for high quality outlets. It is aimed at practical potato growers and their advisors, as well as others who in their daily work deal with high value potato crops. Participants will be encouraged to contribute from their own experience in dialogue and discussion in order to acquire a better understanding of the reasons behind disease management strategies.
Cost: £50 (+ VAT)
For information about the course, and to obtain a booking form, contact Paul at or telephone 01223 212496 or 07834 355899 or visit

Reducing Greenhouse Gas Emissions from Agriculture
Date: 28 Feb-1 March 2011
Venue: The Royal Society
Delivering the increases in food production required from a growing population, while reducing agricultural emissions and adapting to climate change, presents a unique scientific challenge, which this discussion meeting at The Royal Society proposes to explore. For information on how to register, see

Funding Opportunities

Nuffield Farming Scholarships Trust
Opportunity to study 'Life after manufactured fertiliser' - Applications Open: The Nuffield Farming Scholarships Trust (NFST) is pleased to announce a special award offering leading industry individuals the chance to explore 'Life after manufactured fertiliser'. This special award is open to UK residents working in the fields of food, farming or forestry and there is no age limit. The closing date for applications is 18 March 2011, to be followed by interviews for shortlisted candidates on 7 April 2011. Read more….
TSB Sustainable Agriculture Call
Details are now out for the TSB Sustainable Agriculture Call:. Opens:  4 April 2011. Closes: 11 May 2011
The call has two interrelated core themes:
* Increasing domestic supply of sustainably produced vegetable protein for farmed animals (including land and marine based aquaculture)
* Increasing production efficiency and sustainability of domestically supplied animal and fish protein for food, and reducing waste in the food chain to the point of retail sale.
The projects should be business-led and seek to develop new products or processes. Most of the funding is expected to be allocated to proposals in the applied R&D (attracting up to 50% funding) or experimental development (up to 25% funding) categories.
Further information.


ADAS is looking to recruit further new graduates this year; sectors include pest / weed / disease management, sustainability and soil science.  Eight candidates were appointed last year through this process and a many more though other routes. Details and the application form can be found here.
The closing date for applications is 9am on 25 Feb 2011. You can email your application to or post hardcopies of the completed form to Lisa Hallington, ADAS Gleadthorpe, Netherfield Lane, Meden Vale, Mansfield, Nottinghamshire, NG20 9PF.

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Wednesday, February 2, 2011

ADAS Graduate Scheme employment opportunities 2011

James Clarke of ADAS is very pleased to let you know that ADAS is looking to recruit further new graduates this year. They appointed 8 last year through this process and a many more though other routes. The 2011 ADAS Graduate recruitment covers crops, livestock and environment. Details can also be found at