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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

RZ Logo for Dinner

Thank you to Elsoms Seeds Ltd for sponsorship of the conference programme.