2023 Congress Programme

MONDAY 6 NOVEMBER 2023
18.00 – 19.00 Pre-congress drinks reception and presentation of BCPC Award
Rowan Suite, Cedar Court Hotel Harrogate
DAY 1 – TUESDAY 7 NOVEMBER 2023
08.00 – 09.30 Registration and tea & coffee on arrival
09.30 – 09.40 Welcome and introduction
Julian Westaway (General Manager, British Crop Production Council, BCPC)
Plenary session: Global food security and securing resilient food chains
09.40 – 09.45 Chair: Tony Pexton (BCPC Advisory Board and Farmer)
09.45 – 10.15 We all demand sustainable foods, but do they always provide sustainable nutrition?
Prof Ian Givens (University of Reading)
10.15 – 10.45 Role of the Global Food Security Index and innovation in agriculture
Dr John Wiles (Corteva Agriscience)
Morning break: exhibition & networking 10.45 – 11.15
11.15 – 11.55 Agriculture’s trilemma: An exciting opportunity for UK agriculture
Dr Séan Rickard (Séan Rickard Ltd)
11.55 – 12.25 Building sustainable and resilient supply chains
Ron Stobart and Dr Jake Richards (Sainsbury’s Supermarket)
12.25 – 12.55 Q&A session
Lunch 12.55 – 13.50
13.50 – 13.55 Stream A
Regulatory Affairs

Chair: Iain Watt (Head of Plant Protection, TSG Consulting)
Stream B
Alternative approaches to crop protection, problems and opportunities
Chair: Dr Henry Creissen (Scotland’s Rural College, SRUC and Plant Health Centre)
13.55 – 14.25 Regulatory updates from Chemicals Regulation Division, HSE
Dr Chris Snaith and team (HSE CRD)
Potential for alternative products to control disease in agriculture
Dr Neil Havis (Scotland’s Rural College, SRUC)
14.25 – 14.55 Industry perspective on state of affairs of UK PPP regulation in 2023
Dave Bench (CropLife UK)
Biopesticides for disease and insect pest management
Dr Dave Chandler (University of Warwick)
Afternoon break: exhibition & networking 14.55 – 15.25
15.25 – 15.55 Data decision tree for identifying potential risks for natural substances when used in plant protection
Dr Lara Ramaekers (Biobest Group and IBMA Natural Substances Professional Group)
The integration of mechanical weeding into broad-acre cropping
Will Smith  (NIAB)
15.55 – 16.25 Biopesticides eco-tox risk assessment
Nicola Dennis (TSG Consulting)
Adopting new approaches to crop protection
Ian Matts (Brixworth Farming, BCPC Advisory Board)
16.25- 16.55 Q&A session
16.55 Close of day 1
16.55 – 18.25 Drinks reception with guest speaker, James Clarke (RSK ADAS Ltd)
Talking on ECP: Expertise, communication and profile
DAY 2 – WEDNESDAY 8 NOVEMBER 2023
08.00 – 09.00 Registration and tea & coffee on arrival
Issues impacting on future pesticide use
09.00 – 09.10 Chair: Dr Chris Hartfield (Senior Regulatory Affairs Adviser, National Farmers Union)
09.10 – 09.40 30% protected land by 2030. Will there be enough area to maintain UK food security?
Geoff Sansome (Natural England)
09.40 – 10.10 Defra funded IPM research: Result of Defra funded research to support IPM adoption
Dr Holly Alpren (The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, Defra)
10.10 – 10.40 Shared on-farm data to aid crop management decisions
Poul Hovesen (Catalyst Farming, N Norfolk)
Morning break: exhibition & networking 10.40 – 11.10
11.10 – 11.40 Pesticides in drinking water: issues and options for mitigation in the UK
Richard Reynolds (Anglian Water Services)
11.40 – 12.10 Potential for reducing pesticide use: Lessons from networks of demo farms
Dr Nicolas Munier-Jolain (INRAE)
12.10 – 12.40 Recent developments and future drivers in the crop protection market
Derek Oliphant (AgbioInvestor)
12.40- 13.00 Q&A session
Lunch 13.00 – 13.55
HSE Chemicals Regulation Division (CRD)
13.55 – 14.25 Biopesticides: Existing provisions and challenges
Lisa Moakes and John Dale (HSE Chemicals Regulation Division, CRD)
14.25 – 15.25 CRD workshop on biopesticides
15.25 – 15.40 Afternoon break
15.40 – 16.30 CRD workshop continued
16.30 – 16.40 Close of Congress
Julian Westaway (General Manager, BCPC)

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