Many farmers are extremely angry that promotional funding of beef and lamb by AHDB appears not to have been approved by Government.
A pot experiment, conducted under ideal growing conditions, has shown that once winter oilseed rape has passed through the critical emergence phase, it can cope with relatively severe defoliation.
Licensing body Natural England has approved an application to extend the deeply controversial badger cull to Dorset.
Now is the time for AHDB to shine and if it fails to do so, questions will be asked about its future...
Environmentalists and anglers have joined to take the government to court, accusing Defra and the Environment Agency of failing to protect aquatic habitats, which they are required to do under EU law.