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Onion & Carrot Conference – 29th November 2022 Press Release

By Industry News

The Onion and Carrot Conference is back for 2022.

The Associations for British Carrots and British Onions have come together once again to bring you the 2022 Onion & Carrot Conference, taking place at the East of England Arena & Events Centre in Peterborough on Tuesday 29th November 2022

The organising committee are pleased to announce that Elsoms and Bejo Zaden will be taking on one of the Conference’s Main Sponsor slots. We are thrilled to have the support of such prestigious companies to assist in the support and organisation of the industry’s conference.

“As the key supplier of Carrot and Onion seeds to UK Growers Bejo/Elsoms are proud and delighted to support the Carrot and Onion Conference this year. It is great news that the BCGA and BOPA are able to hold the event again and we look forward to a great conference and dinner. We’re sure it will be a great success and wish everyone all the best after what has been a very challenging few years for the industry. It will be a really good opportunity to meet with everyone again and catch up on technical updates”

Chris Bettison, Elsoms

We would also like to take this opportunity to report that Stourgarden will be sponsoring the Conference Programme, Hazera have agreed to sponsor the Gala Dinner Drinks Reception and Moulton Bulb Co are kindly sponsoring the Gala Dinner Wine.

We owe a massive thanks to the companies that support our event through sponsorship and exhibiting at the event.

The event will host a large exhibition area and allow plenty of networking opportunities for delegates and exhibitors. If you would like further information about our sponsorship and exhibition options, please visit our website http://www.onionandcarrotconference.co.uk/.

Speaker announcements will be made over the coming months, we will look forward to sharing our line up with you.

We are also pleased to announce that ticket sales are now on sale. Buy your tickets here: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/onion-carrot-conference-2022-tickets-290282933067

On behalf of the organising committee, we look forward to welcoming you to the 2022 Onion & Carrot Conference on Tuesday 29th November 2022.

Turfgrass Growers Association Demonstration Day 2022

By Industry News

Save The Date – Thursday 28th July 2022

The Turfgrass Growers Association are pleased to announce that the Turfgrass Summer Show is returning for 2022.

Following on from the success of the 2020 event , we are pleased to now announce the date for this year’s event Thursday 28th July. Turffit have very kindly offered to host the 2022 event. We are looking forward to welcoming all the members and the turfgrass industry to Kinross, Scotland.

This event attracts all those involved in turfgrass production, from growers to the ancillary industry and will host an excellent exhibition and demonstration to provide a great interactive opportunity for those who attend. Further information will be announced in the coming few weeks.

The event will also be registered for both BASIS and NRoSO points which will be available on the day. It’s an event not to be missed!

For more information, please contact admin@britishgrowers.org or visit TGA Summer Show 2022 – The Turfgrass Growers Association

On behalf of the organising committee, we look forward to welcoming you to the 2022 Turfgrass Growers Summer Show on Thursday 28th July 2022.

Onion & Carrot Conference – 29th November 2022

By Company News, Industry News

The Onion and Carrot Conference is back!

 

After a 3-year hiatus we are pleased to announce that British Carrots and British Onions have come together once again to bring you the 2022 Onion and Carrot Conference.

 

The event will take place at the East of England Arena & Events Centre in Peterborough on Tuesday 29th November 2022 and will comprise of a conference day and a gala dinner in the evening. SAVE THE DATE.

 

Representing two of the largest sectors of horticulture, the conference will bring together the latest industry updates, emerging technologies and research as well as providing a platform for invaluable networking.

 

Speaker announcements will be made over the coming months, we will look forward to sharing our line up with you.

 

The event will host a large exhibition area and allow plenty of networking opportunities for delegates and exhibitors. If you would like further information about our sponsorship and exhibition options, please visit our website http://www.onionandcarrotconference.co.uk/. We owe a massive thanks to the companies that support our event through sponsorship or by exhibiting.

 

On behalf of the organising committee, we look forward to welcoming you to the 2022 Onion & Carrot Conference on Tuesday 29th November 2022.

City Harvest: Harvest for Hunger 2022

By Industry News

City Harvest: Harvest for Hunger 2022
Rescuing Food, People, and the Planet

PRESS RELEASE
ISSUE DATE: 14th March 2022

March – October 2022. Working with farms and producers, City Harvest launches its second annual
‘Harvest for Hunger’ campaign, aiming to rescue nutritious food for 2 million meals. Responsive and
reliable when organising redistribution, City Harvest collects quality surplus and donated stock, from
farms and food producers across the UK, delivering it, free of charge, to 350+ charities feeding people
unable to afford healthy food.

Currently, 5 million people face food poverty in the UK and with the cost of living rising, City Harvest
is creating solutions. LEAF-accredited City Harvest supports sustainable farming with free surplus
produce collections, whilst offering maximum social impact. The Harvest for Hunger initiative enables
City Harvest to access food earlier on in the supply chain to be transformed into healthy meals for
those who need it most.

City Harvest’s Head of Food, Dan McAlpine, says, “City Harvest prides itself on understanding the
challenges producers and packers face with surpluses. The growers we speak to are so passionate
about their food not being wasted. Last year was such a success, we are keen to create more
meaningful relationships and life-changing channels for surplus.”

In 2021 G’s Group worked with City Harvest, becoming a sustainable farm partner. Chief Executive,
Guy Shropshire, says,
“G’s looks forward to working with City Harvest to support the further redistribution of surplus. G’s is
committed, not only to reducing our overall food waste, but proactively ensuring a larger proportion
of our surplus ends up in ‘value add’ destinations. City Harvest tackles surplus food and food poverty
in a positive and sustainable way.”

City Harvest surplus food recipient, Athleen, Hammersmith & Fulham, says,
“I am so grateful for the fresh food provided. The quality of the food is amazing, things I have never
tried before! My children always look forward to what will be in the box! It has really helped, as the
money I save goes towards the rising cost of bills.”

Supported by WRAP, Will McManus, Sector Specialist, WRAP explains,
“WRAP helps growers tackle food waste because it represents valuable nutrition and because wasting
food feeds climate change. This is a challenge that no business can solve alone, and we commend the
increasing number of growers collaborating with City Harvest’s flexible and cost-free solution to help
people and planet.”

City Harvest London
Est. 2014, City Harvest collects nutritious surplus food from manufacturers, suppliers, and retailers, and delivers,
for free, to 350+ London charities feeding those facing food poverty. City Harvest rescues food, people, and
planet by preventing food waste, providing life-changing support to communities in every London borough
through food, and reducing greenhouse gas emissions from waste.

https://www.cityharvest.org.uk/blog/harvest-for-hunger-2022

Onion & Carrot Conference – 29th November 2022 – book your exhibition place

By Company News, Industry News

The Onion and Carrot Conference is back!

The two associations have come together once again to bring you the 2022 Onion and Carrot Conference, representing two of the largest sectors of horticulture. The event will take place at the East of England Arena & Events Centre in Peterborough on Tuesday 29th November 2022 and will comprise of a conference day and a gala dinner in the evening.

The conference will bring together the latest industry updates, emerging technologies and research as well as providing a platform for invaluable networking.

The event will host a large exhibition area and allow plenty of networking opportunities for delegates and exhibitors. Further information about the exhibition options and also a registration form if you would like to book a stand are available at the end of this news item. For more information on our event please visit our website http://www.onionandcarrotconference.co.uk/

We owe a massive thanks to the companies that support our event through sponsorship or by exhibiting. Without your support we would not be able to host our prestigious event.

On behalf of the organising committee, we look forward to welcoming you to the 2022 Onion & Carrot Conference on Tuesday 29th November 2022.

 

Exhibitor packages OCC 2022

Information for Exhibitors 2022

2022 OCC Exhibition registration form

British Growers upcoming events

By Company News

Saturday 7th May 2022

The Chartered Institute of Horticulture’s Young Horticulturist of the Year Competition Grand Final will be taking place at the University of Warwick this year. Follow the competition progress on the CIH website Young Horticulturist of the Year – Chartered Institute of Horticulture or contact the secretariat cih@horticulture.org.uk

 

Sunday 8th May 2022

The Friends of Ferguson Heritage Conference is being held at Newark Showground. Exhibition opportunities are available for the event, if you would like further information, please contact admin@fofh.co.uk

 

Wednesday 6th July 2022

The Asparagus Growers Association Biennial Conference, in Coningsby, Lincolnshire. Exhibition opportunities are available for the event, if you would like further information, please contact sam.pope@britishgrowers.org.

 

Thursday 28th July 2022

Turfgrass Growers Association Summer Show, for information on exhibiting and attending the event please contact info@turfgrass.org

 

Wednesday 5th – Thursday 6th October 2022

The Chartered Institute of Horticulture Conference will be taking place at the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh. Further details will follow in due course. Please direct any enquiries to the secretariat: cih@horticulture.org.uk

 

Thursday 6th October 2022

The British Carrot Growers Association Demonstration Day will be back again for 2022. The venue will be confirmed shortly. We will once again be looking for exhibitors to attend the iconic industry event.

 

Tuesday 25th October 2022

The long-awaited Brassica and Leafy Salad Conference & Gala Dinner is back. After being postponed in January 2022 the conference has been rearranged for the autumn. There are still Sponsorship and Exhibitor opportunities available, for more information please visit the website, Sponsors | Brassica and Leafy Salad Conference or Exhibition | Brassica and Leafy Salad Conference.

 

November 2022

Vining Pea Conference. Final date and details TBC.

 

Tuesday 29th November 2022

The Onion and Carrot Conference & Gala Dinner will be hosted at the East of England Arena & Events Centre, Peterborough Showground.  Further details will be issued shortly.

 

Tuesday 31st January 2023

British Protected Ornamentals Association Technical Conference will be back for another year, kindly hosted by the NFU. For more details about sponsoring the event please contact info@homegrownplants.org

 

 Monday 2nd – Thursday 5th October 2023

International Carrot and Other Apiaceae Symposium, in York. Information on sponsorship, exhibiting and attending can be found on the website International Symposium on Carrot and Other Apiaceae – 2-5 October 2023 (carrotsymposium.com)

 

As always, we continue to offer advertising and editorial opportunities to the industry in our various Crop Association Newsletters:

  • Brassica Growers Association
  • British Herb Trade Association
  • British Onions
  • Pea & Bean Growers Association
  • Turfgrass Growers Association
  • Asparagus Growers Association
  • British Carrot Growers Association
  • British Leafy Salad Association
  • Plant Propagators Ltd

 

If you would like more information, please contact admin@britishgrowers.org

Brassica & Leafy Salad Conference announcement – New Date!

By Industry News

Following on from the unfortunate news that the Brassica & Leafy Salad Conference would be postponed until the autumn, the organising committee is pleased to announce a new date for your diaries:

 

Brassica & Leafy Salad Conference

Tuesday 25 October 2022

East of England Arena & Events Centre, Peterborough

 

The conference will bring together the latest industry updates, emerging technologies and research as well as providing a platform for invaluable networking.  The programme will also include both marketing and technical presentations from within the UK as well as worldwide.

 

The event will host a large exhibition area – exhibitors booked in already can be viewed on our website: Exhibition | Brassica and Leafy Salad Conference

 

Sponsorship and exhibitor opportunities for the industry-leading event are still available, please contact admin@britishgrowers.org for more information or visit our website www.brassicaandleafysaladconference.co.uk

 

All delegate ticket sales will be automatically transferred to the new event date.  Delegate tickets are available via Eventbrite, follow this link to secure your tickets.

 

A huge thank you to all our speakers, sponsors, trade, and delegates for your continued support of the Brassica & Leafy Salad Conference.

 

On behalf of the Brassica & Leafy Salad organising committee we look forward to welcoming you to the Brassica & Leafy Salad Conference on Tuesday 25 October 2022.

Brassica & Leafy Salad Conference announcement – Postponement

By Industry News

In the light of the very high Covid infection rates which the country is currently experiencing, the Brassica & Leafy Salad Conference organising committee have met and agreed that the Brassica & Leafy Salad Conference be postponed until the autumn.

We have been monitoring announcements from the Government and developments across the UK in respect of pandemic and the Omicron variant.  Delegate and speaker safety is and always will be our primary concern.  Although the Government did not announce further restrictions yesterday, we are operating to the Government’s Plan B including the guidance of working from home and daily lateral flow tests for critical/essential workers including food processing concerns.  Covid figures are escalating, the NHS is working under critical incident measures, and mass absenteeism is being experienced by companies and services up and down the country.

With the mounting concern nationally and internationally, combined with the lack of clarity about the weeks ahead with medical experts reporting the next few weeks will be critical, made this decision inevitable.

Although postponing an event is never pleasant, we hope that as the country recovers from our battle with Covid we will be able to enjoy a superb conference in the autumn at the East of England Arena & Events Centre.

A huge thank you to all our speakers, sponsors, trade, and delegates that support the Brassica & Leafy Salad Conference, and a revised date will be issued shortly.

Brassica & Leafy Salad Conference Speaker Announcement – Press Release

By Industry News

The Brassica and Leafy Salad is less than 2 months away! After 3 years the event will return to Peterborough to represent two of the largest sectors of horticulture.

We are pleased to announce our headline speakers for the conference. All the way from Australia (with the help of the internet) Graeme Sait. Graeme is the co-founder of a Queensland Company, Nutri-Tech Solutions (NTS), a recognised world leader in sustainable agriculture/horticulture. He is currently working on two new books covering soil, plant, environmental and human health issues. His communication skills are most evident during his passionate, charismatic presentations which are often described as “life-changing” and “inspirational”.

Also confirmed to speak at the conference is Professor Simon Pearson, Director, Lincoln Institute for Agri-Food Technology. Simon will be joining the conference line up to update the audience on the DEFRA automation review and the work that is underway at the University.

Ben Taylor, Regenerative Consultant, who may be better known as Regenben from his vast following on Twitter, will be speaking to the delegates on “The healthy food dichotomy.” Follow Ben now.

Dan Parker presented at the conference in 2019, launching the Veg Power campaign and the massive plans. He is returning to the 2022 conference to update the audience on the work done so far and the plans in the pipeline.

Further speakers will be announced soon. Follow us on twitter for the latest announcements @BLSAconference

The event will host a large exhibition area – exhibitors booked in already can be viewed on our website: Exhibition | Brassica and Leafy Salad Conference

To date we are pleased to confirm our Sponsors:

  • The Brassica Technical session is being kindly sponsored by Syngenta UK Ltd.
  • The Evening Dinner is being kindly sponsored by Sakata UK Ltd.
  • The Conference Programme is being kindly sponsored by Elsoms Seeds.
  • The Lunch is being kindly sponsored by Enza Zaden UK Ltd.
  • The Evening Drinks Reception is being kindly sponsored by Hazera Seeds UK Ltd.
  • The Evening Dinner Wine is being kindly sponsored by FMC.

We owe a massive thanks to the companies that support our event through sponsorship or by exhibiting. Without their generous contributions we would not be able to host our prestigious event.

Sponsorship and exhibitor opportunities for the industry-leading event are still available, please contact admin@britishgrowers.org for more information or visit our website www.brassicaandleafysaladconference.co.uk

On behalf of the organising committee, we look forward to welcoming you to the Brassica & Leafy Conference on Wednesday 19th January 2022.

 

 

 

 

 

BRITISH GROWERS NEWS UPDATE

By Company News, Industry News

25th November 2021

 

Defra consultation on the future of AHDB

Defra has issued a further consultation covering several important issues for the horticultural sector. It is critical Defra gets a complete industry picture, so the purpose of this note is to encourage you to complete the online survey. There are 13 questions to complete the section on horticulture and 9 of these are your ‘name and address’ type questions.

The consultation opened on 17th November and closes on 10th Jan 2022.

 

What are you being asked?

There are three areas of critical interest:

  1. Should the AHDB Order be amended to remove the statutory levy in the horticulture sector in Great Britain?

The results of the recent ballot of horticulture levy payers showed a significant majority are no longer satisfied that the AHDB’s services are providing value for money and have signalled overall they do not want the levy to continue. 61% of levy payers that voted in the horticulture sector ballot voted “no” to the continuation of the statutory levy in their respective sectors.

To respect the overall outcome of the recent ballots Defra is proposing to amend the AHDB Order to remove the duty on the AHDB to impose a statutory levy on the horticulture sector. This will end the statutory levies in their current form from the beginning of next financial year.

In the accompanying text Defra says…

It is open to exploring industry led proposals from any parts of the horticulture sector, or from any other agricultural industries, who may see value in working with the AHDB through a statutory levy mechanism in the future.

Furthermore, any group of growers can agree to pay a voluntary levy to fund research or other activities at any time. This could be done by the industry working with the AHDB or by working with other organisations or by establishing an alternative governance structure for organising, collecting, and delivering a voluntary levy programme.

No to public funding for R&D

Defra is making it clear that ….

Public sector funding will not pay for research or other actions that were, or could reasonably be expected to be, funded through levy investment.

And goes on to suggest ….

Growers may need to coalesce to provide leadership and formulate new industry led funding models that are better suited to their needs and will enable cross industry collaboration for the delivery of priority research, development, and other activities to support their businesses in future.

 

  1. Do you want the AHDB’s application service for emergency authorisations and extension of authorisation for minor use of pesticides for the horticulture sector in Great Britain to continue (EA/EAMU application service)?

About 70% of EAs and EAMUs are secured by the AHDB. Annually they submit between 80 and 100 applications to the HSE (CRD) for EAs and EAMUs and Defra expect this number to rise in the next few years, due to the decline in the availability of active substances.

In the short term during 2021/22 and 2022/23 some limited specific AHDB activities will continue in the horticulture on a transitional basis. AHDB will continue to deliver applications for Emergency Authorisations (EAs) and Extensions of Authorisation for Minor Use (EAMUs) of pesticides in the horticulture sector in Great Britain (funded through reserves).

 

  1. If you want the AHDB’s application service for emergency authorisations and extension of authorisation for minor use of pesticides for the horticulture sector in Great Britain to continue do you have views and suggestions on how it should be funded?

Providing continuity for the AHDB’s EA/EAMU application service is for seen by many as very important to their business. So, Defra is exploring options for a longer-term funding solution for a continued AHDB EA/EAMU application service from 2023/24 and are interested in industry views on this point.

The remainder of the consultation

The remaining section of the consultation covers

  • A regular vote for levy payers
  • Extending the scope of the AHDB Order
  • Increasing the headroom for levy rates in the English sheep sector; and
  • Future reforms to the AHDB Order

 

Taking part in the consultation

Here is the link to the Defra consultation and the closing date is 10th January 2022.

 

Jack Ward

CEO, British Growers

November 2021.