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The BCPC Congress 2019

| November 5, 2019
November 19, 2019 – November 20, 2019 all-day
Hilton Brighton Metropole
Kings Road
Brighton, BN1 2FU
+44 (0) 1423 863 522

The BCPC Congress 2019 – “Understanding the demands and opportunities of a “Green Brexit” – how do we deliver food production alongside environmental enhancement?”

The 2019 BCPC Congress will focus on a wide range of topics relating to how intensification of food production can be reconciled with environmental enhancement. The Congress will seek to unearth the many issues resulting from the UK Government’s agricultural policy framework, regardless of the UK’s future relationship with the EU, in which farmers will be paid to deliver biodiversity, cultural landscapes, high quality water, air and soil rather than food.

The science, technology and policy issues relating to the national debate on how to support UK farming and food production whilst meeting the highest environmental and safety standards will be explored in a series of sessions.

Day 1 will start with a plenary session on delivering both improved food production and “public goods”. This is followed by parallel sessions , a) on current regulatory issues for pesticides and new breeding techniques and b) on science-based agriculture, focusing on advances in applying crop production inputs to achieve future improvements in yields and environmental protection

Day 2 will address key technical and regulatory areas relating to “Green Brexit” agricultural and environmental policy. It will cover critical considerations for greatly increased implementation of IPM and the opportunities and regulatory challenges of precision agriculture, which will be the focus for this year’s CRD (HSE, Chemicals Regulation Division) interactive workshop.

CRD Workshop: “Regulating new agricultural technologies”

This year’s interactive workshop will focus on the fast-growing field of greater precision in crop protection applications, which can improve crop production and reduce the risk of undesired exposures to people and the environment. It will investigate the Regulatory opportunities and challenges arising from developments such as:

  • Robotics, machine-learning interfaces, including interactions with operators, ‘big data’
  • Treatments informed in real-time, e.g. by remote sensing, diagnostics, best IPM practice and resistance management guidelines
  • Application-specific formulations
  • Delivery of ‘bespoke’ doses for spot-treatment of pests, weeds or diseases

The key aim is to get early inputs from stakeholders to inform/develop regulatory systems in a way that maximises the benefits.

See the full programme here or view all confirmed speakers now.


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