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Get your ‘tech-know’ at BP2013

9 October 2013

If it’s technical knowledge you’re looking for then November’s BP2013 event will have it in spades. As well as 200 science, industry and machinery stands to visit, this year’s technical seminar programme, panel sessions and the new Seed Expo will ensure BP visitors leave well informed about our industry’s technical developments.

The ‘tech-know’ starts on arrival with the new Seed Expo showcasing GB’s high-health national seed crop. The Seed Expo will welcome visitors via walk-through variety exhibits, plant health areas and seed information from seed breeders, growers and seed science organisations.

This dedicated ‘temple of seed’ will raise awareness of the value of our seed crop and the importance of maintaining bio-security to protect our whole industry. Established and new varieties will be on display, bred and produced not only for GB growers, but for export to nearly 50 countries worldwide. You can talk seed with all the Seed Expo exhibitors and AHDB Potatoes’s seed and export team in the main exhibiting halls.

The ‘tech-know’ continues throughout the event with the focused technical seminar and panel session programme. 
Following recent plant health incursions, preserving GB's biosecurity has been further prioritised by AHDB Potatoes and the plant health authorities. Martin Ward, UK chief plant health officer at Defra, will present lessons learned and outline current risk assessment strategies aimed at mitigating impacts on agriculture and horticulture (Wednesday only). AHDB Potatoes’s seed and export team will be able to advise on the importance of bio-security and how the Safe Haven assurance scheme helps protect our national crop.
Dr John Kerr, SASA's Head of Potato & Vegetable Crops will talk about sourcing and using seed safely and update you on Europe’s UNECE changes to seed certification. John’s talk will provide you with the knowledge you need to make effective business decisions on sourcing and multiplication for seed and ware production. (Thursday only).
Industry has taken a proactive approach to CIPC stewardship for the last 5 years. Led by Potato Industry CIPC Stewardship Group, the new ‘Be CIPC Compliant’ campaign has been set up in the wake of the Advisory Committee on Pesticides (ACP) review on the use of this sprout suppressant. In the ‘Be CIPC Compliant’ seminar, AHDB Potatoes’s head of R&D, Dr Mike Storey and head of Sutton Bridge Crop Storage Research, Adrian Cunnington will tell you what next steps industry will be taking to help keep this key application available for industry to use.
For potato productivity to thrive and environmental impact to be minimised, it is crucial that soil and nutrient management is prioritised. Professor Karl Ritz from Cranfield University will explore the fascinating and complex interactions between soil, crops, microbial and animal life below ground in his talk entitled ‘What lies beneath?’ 
BP’s two-day technical programme allows time for you to see everything. Scheduled to take place between the technical seminars are interactive panel sessions featuring the leading authorities in the European potato supply chain. Neil Cameron of Bidwells will chair the ‘GB Potato Production’ panel, exploring the ‘risk vs reward’ ratio to help GB businesses make the capital investment necessary for a progressive industry. Production costs assessments will be evaluated for 2012 season with projections for 2013 and 2014. 
Experts Jay Wootton of Andersons and Victor Phaff, chair of the North-Western European Potato Growers (NEPG) will chair Panel 2 looking at what drives the dynamics of the North-West European potato market. Production cost structures and key market changes by country over the last 15 years will be highlighted and discussed. (Wednesday only).
BP 2013 – providing more technical knowledge for a better industry. We’ll see you there!
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