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Conference ticket: £95 + VAT
Dinner ticket: £85 + VAT
08.30-9.30: Registration, Coffee & View Trade Exhibition
09.30: Morning Chairman – Jack Ward, Chief Executive, British Growers Association
09.35: Welcome & Introduction by main sponsor -Plant Tape
9.40: Tim Lang, PhD, FFPH, Hons DSC, Professor of Food Policy, University of London: Why Horticulture ought to be a UK Priority – but will it be?
10.05: Guy Smith, NFU: Negotiating the Fog of Brexit
10.30: Dr Alan Treadgold, Partner, Retail Strategy, PA Consulting: Navigating the New Retail Landscape – What it Looks Like and How to be Successful in it
11.10: Dan Parker, Food Foundation: Veg Power, Using Marketing to Inspire People to Love Veg
11.30: Refreshment Break
Brassica Technical Session – Chair – Andy Richardson, Allium & Brassica Centre
12.00: Dr Dave Parrott, National Wildlife Management Centre: Managing Pigeons (FV 426a)
12.20: Vivian Powell, AHDB: Sustainable Crop Protection – the Future for Crop Protection
12.40: Andy Richardson, Allium & Brassica Agronomy Ltd – What is Happening with Approvals!
13.00: Andy Blair, T H Clements: Robotic Broccoli Harvester (CP 153a)
British Leafy Salad Technical Session – Chair – Paul Varney, Syngenta
12.00: Dr Andrew Taylor, Warwick University: Lettuce Fusarium wilt in the UK
12.20: Dr Lizzie Sagoo, ADAS: Precision Methods for Understanding Soil and Crop Variability
12.40: Luca Scimeca, Cambridge University: Achieving Robotic Lettuce Harvest and Post-Harvest
13.00: Tom Konisser, Signify: How to be Successful with Vertical Farming – Signify
13.20: Lunch & View Trade Exhibition
15.00: Welcome from afternoon Chairman – Rob Parker, British Leafy Salad Association Chairman
15.05: Joe Shaw-Roberts, Kantar: Marketing Insights
15.25: Kevin Vyse, M&S: Alternatives to Plastics [Packaging]
15.45: Anna Jones, Journalist, Nuffield Scholar and Founder of Just Farmers: Sticking Your Head Above the Parapet – Why it’s Time to Talk
16.05: Closing Remarks – Jack Ward, Chief Executive, British Growers Association
16.15: Tea & View Trade Exhibition
17.30: Conference Closes
19.00: Conference Dinner Reception, drinks at 19.00 & dinner at 20.00, at The Holiday Inn Peterborough West.
Thank you to Plant Tape for kindly sponsoring the main event
Thank you to Syngenta for kindly sponsoring the British Leafy Salads Technical Session
Thank you to Rijk Zwaan for kindly sponsoring the Brassica Growers Association Technical Session
Thank you to Elsoms Seeds Ltd for sponsorship of the conference programme.