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The BCPC Congress 2022 – to address the challenges facing UK agriculture

This year’s programme aims to address many of the challenges facing UK agriculture on the theme ‘Providing policy and regulatory support for multi-functional UK agriculture’.

As ever there will be an array of technical and informative sessions targeted at regulators, industry and academia who work in the crop protection and crop production industry. High class and informed speakers will take an in-depth look at the current challenges facing UK agriculture and provide some solutions and insight into the way forward.

Farm business resilience support programme rolled out by NIAB, Savills and AKC

The initiative is part of the new £32 million Defra-funded Future Farming Resilience Fund programme, helping farmers prepare for the Agricultural Transition, which will see direct support payments reduce to zero by 2027. From October 2022 until March 2025, farmers will be able to access free advice and support to help their business adapt to the challenges caused by food supply chain pressures, rising input costs, extreme weather events and the changes to agricultural support.

Israeli Minister explores innovation in the UK’s agri-food sector

The Israeli Minister for Agriculture and Rural Development, Oded Forer, visited the research station at NIAB’s East Malling site and a leading strawberry grower in Kent to explore the UK’s agri-food sector, on Thursday 30 June.

Coordinated by Growing Kent & Medway, the visit enabled the Minister to discover the modern science and technology being developed at NIAB, and explore how cooperation in agriculture technology could be enhanced between Israel and the UK.

NIAB named one of European Seed Magazine's 20 most Climate Friendly Companies 2021

To get a better picture of what European seed companies are doing to mitigate climate change, European Seed Magazine asked all national seed associations in Europe, and many other peers in the European seed sector, to nominate companies that are making an effort to mitigate climate change.

The article in the magazine, written by Marcel Bruins, says: 'The reactions were overwhelming. It showed me that many companies are, in fact, already doing a lot. Not just through their new varieties but also in the fields of renewable energy, recycling, and much more.'

Trials, Tribulations and Successes of Integrated Pest Management – BCPC 7th Annual Pests and Beneficials Review

The message coming from this review, is that there is already a large uptake of IPM in the UK, with improvements each year. A report presented in the review by Dr Henry Creissen, Research Fellow in Crop Protection Scotland’s Rural College, showed that there were nearly 5,000 IPM assessments completed in the UK to date. This shows a good uptake in the industry, with growers using IPM strategies on an increasing basis.

Regenerative Vegetable Farming on Lowland Peat

As part of this project, UKCEH and NIAB are holding a workshop to discuss regenerative farming practices/procedures that aim to improve on-farm sustainability, with a particular focus on soil carbon (eg reducing soil carbon losses as greenhouse gases).

This will include discussions about reduced tillage practices all the way through to high water table and vertical farming. The purpose of the workshop is to facilitate discussions to help identify the barriers to and opportunities for regenerative farming on agricultural peat.

Wanted – wheat yellow and brown rust samples for UKCPVS

Despite reports of interesting observations in the field, the UKCPVS team have received a lower number of rust samples compared to this time last year.  It is important to send in infected leaf samples from a range of varieties from across the UK to help provide a robust assessment of pathogen populations within the UK, which is needed to direct plant breeding efforts and crop management.

We welcome wheat yellow and brown rust samples (as well as wheat and barley mildew samples) from all Recommended List (RL) and RL candidate varieties from across the country. 

NEWS: Wheat disease control focus on NIAB Cereals 2022 stand

Varietal, cultural and chemical wheat disease management forms the basis of the NIAB stand at the 2022 Cereals Event in Cambridgeshire on 8th and 9th June, with a mix of plots and advice to aid growers in decision-making on disease control.

NIAB is back at Cereals 2022 with 125 different crop and variety plots along with the ever popular Soil Hole exhibit – a one-stop shop for the latest technical advice and research in variety choice, independent agronomy, soil and rotation management and crop genetics.


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