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TGA's Phil Morley on FACTS NMP Training Course and Conference Program

UK: Just a few weeks to go till the British Tomato Conference!

With just a few weeks to go now, there is a good deal of excited anticipation about this years British Tomato Conference. The preceding event which is being organised by Farm Energy Centre will take place on the afternoon of 24th September.

The TGA Tomato Conference committee have been meeting every couple of weeks over the past few months and have now developed a conference agenda which looks towards an optimistic future for our industry.

The evening before the conference we have our annual TGA Dinner to launch the main conference and a chance to catch up with friends, fellow growers and of course suppliers. We have lined up a rather special speaker for the evening whom we are sure you will find interesting and informative.

Our main conference title is ‘An Invitation to Innovation’ covering technical as well as retail, commercial and legislative issues. Something for everyone and very much thinking about the future we have, this year, invited several HDC studentships to present their research findings in the main conference supplemented by a poster session for you to discuss with the students during free-time. All this and a wealth of fantastic trade stands including our main sponsor, PHILIPS lighting, makes the 2014 conference, more than ever, one not to miss.



25th September 2014
The Chesford Grange Hotel and Conference Centre,
Kenilworth, Warwickshire, CV8 2LD

9.00 Registration, Refreshments and View Exhibits

9.30 Welcome from Morning Chairman
Nigel Bartle, North Bank Growers Ltd, Chairman of the TGA 

9.40 Our ‘light recipe’ for your tomatoes
Udo van Slooten, Phillips Lighting

9.55 Tomato and Glasshouse Production – Our vision for the next five years
Alan Wilson, Waitrose

10.15 A look at in store retail data for the Tomato category Tim Mudge. British Growers’ Association

10.45 Refreshments and Networking
11.30 Welcome back from Nigel Bartle 

11.35 Review of TGA Technical Committee activity
Phil Pearson, APS Salads, Chairman of the TGA Technical Committee
11.50 Water Under Pressure: The outlook for abstraction licensing
Paul Hammett, NFU

12.10 Keeping the tools in the toolbox: Healthy Harvest Campaign: Guy Smith, NFU

12.30 Your future innovators
Debbie Wilson, HDC and HDC studentships 

1.00 Lunch, Networking and View Exhibits

2.15 Welcome back from Afternoon Chairman
Phil Pearson, APS Salads, Chairman of the TGA Technical Committee

2.20 Energy: Can you buy cheaper and use less?
Chris Plackett and Tim Pratt, Farm Energy Centre

2.45 Partnerships: The Pathway to Practical Solutions
Rob Jacobson, RJC Ltd and Industry representatives.

3.05 Securing plant protection products for sustainable tomato production Tim O’Neill, ADAS & Bolette Neve (HDC)

3.25 Biopesticides – novel uses and application methods
Dave Chandler, Warwick University

3.45 Genetic control of pest insects
Adam Walker, Oxitech Ltd

4.15 Discussion and Chairman’s summary

4.30 Refreshments and Networking

For more information:
British Tomato Conference
TGA office
Julie Woolley
[email protected]
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