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BCPC VIRTUAL Pests and Beneficials Review 2021

The 6th Pests and Beneficials Review took place virtually on Wednesday 27 January 2021.

The Regulatory and Commercial obstacles to IPM implementation can be as difficult to overcome as those related to the design of effective, practical IPM programmes. Given the requirement to adopt IPM widely as part of the UK’s developing agricultural strategy, this review sought to understand these obstacles better, and to identify who and what is involved in overcoming them.

NIAB's next chapter

After 15 years at NIAB, CEO Dr Tina Barsby has made the decision to retire. We will be starting the search for Tina’s replacement soon and she will remain in place until her successor has been appointed, which we anticipate will be by the end of the year.

2021 crop inspector training to go virtual

All crop inspector training for herbage, pulses and cereals will be online for 2021 unless there is a significant improvement in the Covid-19 situation.

NIAB is working hard to deliver content that will fulfil the requirements of APHA and the inspectors. Transferring a mostly field-based course to an online platform is no easy task.  We will be in touch with more detailed information as soon as it is available. 

NIAB launches five year plan of research and service provision

NIAB has published ‘Looking forward to 2025’, setting out the organisation’s strategic objectives for the next five years.

The document focuses on NIAB’s three main pillars of business -  agricultural crop research, agronomy and farming systems and horticultural crop research – outlining the broad aims of each division over the next five years and future areas of research.

NIAB in 2020, building for the future

Over the past few years NIAB has undergone many changes and developments, not only in staff and infrastructure, but also its activities. These developments demonstrate NIAB’s continuing commitment to the future of the agricultural and horticultural sectors and, with the lack of face-to-face events and activities this year where we normally catch-up, this article aims to keep our members and supporters updated on NIAB’s current actions and future plans, writes NIAB Technical Director Bill Clark.

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