Meurig Raymond, current NFU vice president who is to challenge to become leader at February's elections, will be after dinner speaker at the British Protected Ornamentals Association annual conference on 21 January at the Oxford Belfry hotel.
Raymond will speak about the ornamentals market at the evening event, which follows the BPOA AGM, and a marketing seminar on driving performance and Nina Winter, NFU legal advisor, speaking on concepts in contract law and the new BPOA ornamentalls code of practice.
On day two of the conference WD Smith director Michael Smith will chair a technical seminar on productivity and efficiency which will include Roundstone's Chris Need and Ball's Will Healy on global production trends and nursery productivity.
Healy has developed innovative operational approaches and scheduling programs that reduce wastage, improve operational efficiencies with reduced crop times.
His current research emphasis focuses on reducing waste throughout the supply chain.
Before joining Ball, he was a faculty member at the University of Maryland and Colorado State University where he published over 30 scientific publications on floriculture production.
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.
Also speaking will be David Talbot of ADAS, Tim O’Neill of ADAS, Coleen Warfield of Ball Horticulture and Roma Gwyn of Biorationale.
Chris Need, BPOA technical committee chair will close.