At last year’s Congress, industry stakeholders started to understand the challenges and opportunities that Brexit might bring. With negotiations now underway, this theme has been extended.

The crop protection and production technology toolbox available to UK farmers has been progressively constrained under the EU Regulatory system. Will the position be any different post-Brexit and will future agricultural, environmental and associated regulation policy drive a profitable and sustainable UK agricultural sector? These are some of the key issues delegates at this year’s BCPC Congress in Brighton on 31 October – 1 November will be wanting answers to.

George Eustice, UK Minister of Agriculture will open this year’s Congress. He will outline the latest thinking on how the UK agricultural sector will operate outside the Common Agricultural Policy. Will the opportunity for more science-based policy be taken and how will this position UK food production looking for global markets?

The first morning will appeal to farm businesses looking to re-structure their farming practices for a sustainable future as well as the regulatory, scientific and food production communities.

As in previous years, Day Two will include the popular Chemicals Regulation Division (CRD) and Defra workshop. Expanded this year to a half-day session, this offers an opportunity for all delegates to engage with the UK HSE (Chemicals Regulation Division) and Defra and give opinion and comment on the direction of policy and regulation.

Combined with a Drinks Reception on the 30 October and Congress Dinner on the 31 – celebrating the 50th Anniversary of BCPC’s support for science in UK Crop Production – the 2017 event will, more than ever, be thought-provoking, educational and supportive for the crop protection regulatory community.

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