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The programme is kindly sponsored by Produce World.

8.30 Registration, Coffee and View Trade Exhibition
Morning Chairman – Dr Tim Lacey, Bayer Crop Science
9.45 Welcome and introduction by morning Chairman – Dr Tim Lacey, Bayer Crop Science
9.50 Opening Address – Daniel Johns, Deputy Director, Farming Markets, Future Farming Directorate, Defra
10.10 The impact of Losing Farm Support on the New Zealand Agricultural Industry – Mike Peterson, New Zealand Special Agricultural Trade Envoy
10.40 Managing the World’s First Hands Free Hectare – Debbie Heeks & Jonathan Gill, Harper Adams University , National Centre for Precision Farming
11.00 Carrot delegates move to breakout room (No coffee break)
Carrot Technical Session – Chair –  Ian Holmes, BCGA R&D Committee Chairman
11.10 Advances and Automation in Carrot Handling, Sorting and Grading – Charlie Rich,  Tong Engineering Ltd
11.30 Understanding the Ecology and Epidemiology of Pythium sp. causing Cavity Spot on Carrots – Kathryn Hales, PhD Student, Warwick Crop Centre, University of Warwick, ADHB Horticulture FV432
11.50 Using Gene Activity Measurements for Quality Assessments – Mrs. Nathalie Verhoef, PhD, Senior Scientist, NSure BV, AHDB Horticulture FV448
12.05 An Introduction to SCEPTREplus – Joe Martin, Agriculture & Horticulture Development Board
12.15 A new Nematicide and other Innovations for the Future of Carrot Growing – Dr Tim Lacey, Campaign Manager for Horticulture, Bayer Crop Science Division
Onion Technical Session – Chair – Sam Rix, British Onions R&D Chairman
11.10 Diagnostic Tests for Future Disease Control – Philip Langley, Agronomist, Sandfields Farms Ltd
11.30 Improved Understanding of Fusarium basal rot and Resistance in Onion – Dr John Clarkson, Warwick Crop Centre, School of Life Sciences, University of Warwick, AHDB Horticulture CP116
11.50 Vision-based Weed vs Crop Discrimination for Selective Weeding – Dr Petra Bosilj, University of Lincoln
12.10 Prospects for the Onion Marketing Season Ahead – Andrew Holding, Chairman, British Onions
12.30 Lunch & View Trade Exhibition
Welcome from afternoon Chairman – Chris Bettinson, Elsoms Seeds
2.15 Future prospects for the Onion & Carrot Sectors – Andrew Francis, Farm Manager, Elveden Farms Ltd
2.55 Developments in On-line Retailing – Kevin Hancock, Senior Buying Manager, Ocado
3.35 The Growth of Non-Retail – Tim O’Malley, Group Managing Director, Nationwide Produce
4.05 Closing remarks – Tim Elcombe, British Onions Vice Chairman
4.15 Tea & cake and View Trade Exhibition
5.30 Conference closes
7.00 for 8.00 Conference Dinner Drinks Reception


Please note: Tickets will not be issued. Delegate name badges will be available for collection at the registration desk on the day.

For further information please contact Brooke Lovelock on 01507 353789 or email



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