Growers to tackle business and technical issues at BPOA event

The BPOA has announced its itinerary for its AGM and conference on 21 January at Oxford Belfry hotel.

After the AGM, and a marketing seminar on driving performance, Nina Winter, NFU legal advisor will speak on concepts in contract law and code of practice.

The Home Grown Users Group will speak, then Adrian Jevans, director of consultancy at Zentano, will talk about the importance of continued business development and understanding staff.

Rob Holdway of Giraffe Innovations will speak on building sustainable products and Sarah Calcutt and Carol Ford will talk about the fresh produce industry.

A keynote industry body speaker is to be announced.

On 22 January, WD Smith director Michael Smith will chair a technical seminar on productivity and efficiency inckuding Roundstone's Chris Need and Ball's Will Healy on global production trends and nursery productivity.

Will George of Prenplants will talk on labour and input efficiency, then Mike Smith of WD Smith and Greg Hill of Hill Brothers Nurseries will speak about production control – bedding and pot plants.

David Talbot of ADAS will discuss improving the efficiency of spray application for protected ornamental crops: a study of current spraying methods and novel technologies.

Later Tim O’Neill of ADAS will talk about downy mildew and Will Healy from Ball Horticulture will discuss pansy mottle syndrome. Coleen Warfield of Ball Horticulture will update on impatiens downy mildew and Tim O’Neill from ADAS and Roma Gwyn of Biorationale will present biopesticides – an interactive session.

Chris Need, BPOA technical committee chair will close.

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