The 2009 BCPC Congress

This was the official website for the BCPC Congress 2009, a key international event for all those at the forefront of crop production.
There were participants from over 50 countries now booked for the 2009 Congress. It was a global event attracting interest from both the technical and commercial side of the world-wide crop production and crop protection industry. BCPC (the British Crop Production Council), a registered charity with a long-standing international reputation promotes the use of science and technology in the understanding and application of effective, sustainable crop production.
Content is from the site's 2009 archived pages as well as from other outside sources.

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Water and Agriculture - BCPC Congress 2009

September 7 2009 /

“Water resources are already vital for the production of food. With serious levels of climate change and significant population growth forecast over the coming decades, future challenges are going to be huge,” warns Andy Turner, Water Resources Policy Manager from the Environment Agency.

These are some of the issues that will be covered during the exciting final plenary session on ‘Water and agriculture – understanding the biggest constraint to global food production’ at this year’s BCPC Congress in Glasgow, UK from 9 to 11 November.



The development of new agricultural technologies is a key driver for boosting productivity especially in some of the poorer developing countries such as Africa. How successful these technologies are must be complemented by improved water usage systems and the ability to irrigate the land in order to boost production in terms of consistency, crop diversification and extending production throughout the year.

With food demand set to rise by an estimated 30% in developing countries water scarcity is likely to place significant limitations on future agricultural productivity.

“Protecting agricultural water resources is essential to meeting future global food production demands,” explains Mr Mike Wade, Executive Director of California Farm Water Coalition who will also be speaking during the plenary session. “Doing so requires a balanced approach to water resource management and that is not currently happening in California. Misguided environmental policies not only hurt farm production by restricting water deliveries, they are not improving the environmental resources they were intended to help.”

With participants from over 50 countries now booked for this year’s Congress, it is set to be a real global event attracting interest from both the technical and commercial side of the world-wide crop production and crop protection industry. And to make participation at the Congress even more worthwhile, CPD accreditation has been secured from both BASIS and NRoSO, so delegates can boost their points whilst hearing about the latest crop production developments. To see the very latest conference agenda and speaker line-up log onto You can now even follow the BCPC Congress on Twitter.


The return of the BCPC Congress & Exhibition

Aug. 21, 2009 /

Collaborating with United Business Media Limited (UBM), the British Crop Production Council (BCPC) announced that the BCPC Congress& Exhibition 09 will be returning to Glasgow this November. The annual BCPC is generally recognized as one of the leading international meetings for the crop protection industry, covering the developments, productions, sales and technical services of pesticides and the cultivation of crops and so on. Every year, pesticide suppliers and traders from all over the world take part in the exhibition to seek more trade opportunities.

- The conference programme features over 70 speakers including industry experts such as:
Dominic Dyer
(Chief Executive of Crop Protection Association, UK)

Michael Fluh
(Unit Head, Chemicals, Contaminants of Pesticides, DG SANCO)

Andy Turner
(Water Resources Policy Manager of Environment Agency)

Dave French
(Head Product Registration EAME CP of Syngenta Crop Protection AG)

Ronan Uhel
(Head of Programme, Natural Systems & Vulnerability of European Environment Agency)

Friedhelm Schmider
(Director General of ECPA - the European Crop Protection Association) 

Paul Leonard
(Communications & Government Relations of Crop Protection, BASF SE)



Check this: I have been attending the BCPC conferences since 2009. I am avid visitor of their website. I see many of the same people year after year as well as many new faces. This past year, 2017, was my last. I am retiring. Looking back at the pictures I took not only brings back memories of some of the great speakers I heard, but also reminds me of the changes of my hair styles and fashion sense. I always wore a wig to these events so I would never have a bad hair day. My choice of wig brands and styles has evolved. For this last conference I wore several Raquel Welch Wigs, my favorite wig brand of the moment. In 1 picture from the 2009 conference I recognize an Estetica short wig style. I obviously prefer short to chin length since each year shows me in a wig that stays just at the chin line or higher. I happen to believe that women look more professional in short hair cuts. It shouldn't be that way, but in my industry which happens to be dominated by men, a woman needs to work twice as hard to be taken seriously. My power look in 2018 was a new Raquel Welch wig style called Classic Cool. It has a 100% hand tied monofilament part with a lace front cap construction. I prefer mono tops or part when I select a wig. The Classic Cool wig's Memory Cap III Base construction offers a custom like comfort due to its finer, yet resilient stretch lace for the lightest most comfortable and secure fit available which is important if you are going to be wearing the wig for hours on end. Like all the wigs I buy, this one is made with Vibralite synthetic hair giving the natural look and feel of glossy, protein rich hair. I've looked at human hair wigs but their prices are beyond what I want to spend, plus they require the same type of upkeep as natural hair. Synthetic wigs may not last as long as a human hair wig, but they are way less expensive and the style stays put. I guess you could say the name, Classic Cool, says it all. I received lots of compliments about my hair style- most people don't realize it is a wig. I had one attendee, another woman, confide to me that I always look so put together, never a bad hair day. I smiled and told her my secret. I promised to send her a text later that evening with the url to the online wig shop I always use to buy my wigs. Speak to their customer rep, Michael, if you have any questions. He's just wonderful and very knowledgeable.

It's been fascinating watching the trends in the use of science and technology in the understanding and application of effective, sustainable crop production. I am now leaving the academic / science sector and retiring to a small organic farm. It sounds delightful.


This year's Congress features a two and a half day conference programme full of strategic and scientific content. Extensive research has been undertaken in which we have asked you what content you want to see at the event, what topics you want to hear about, and who you want to see on the speaker platform. Combining this with the expertise of our advisory panel, we have developed a comprehensive agenda, which will provide you with strategic crop production industry overviews as well as the latest scientific advances.

Agricultural science & technology provide the only solution for long term food supply sustainability

"Over the next few decades the global food supply will come under significant pressure," warns Dominic Dyer, Chief Executive of the Crop Protection Association who will be leading the panel debate on the first morning of this year's Congress "Now, more than ever, we need to change our attitudes to new agricultural biotechnology and crop protection tools in order to tackle the issues of long-term food sustainability. We hope this panel debate will stimulate some exciting discussions and will be of interest to delegates from around the globe"

Confirmed conference speakers include:

  • Paul Leonard, Communications & Government Relations, Crop Protection, BASF SE
  • Michael Fluh, Unit Head, Chemicals, Contaminants, Pesticides, DG SANCO
  • Tom Hind, Head of Economics & International Affairs, National Farmers' Union
  • Dave French, Head Product Registration EAME CP, Syngenta Crop Protection AG
  • Hugh Raven, Director, Soil Association Scotland, and Member for Scotland, Sustainable Development Commission, and Managing Director, Ardtornish Estate Company
  • Dr Mark Morrison, Chief Executive, Nanotechnology Institute
  • Friedhelm Schmider, Director General, ECPA - the European Crop Protection Association
  • Dr David Aston, Chair BBKA Technical Committee, British Beekeepers' Association
  • Dr Peter TN Spencer-Phillips, Head of Department Applied Sciences, University of the West of England


General Information

Dates: 9-11 November 2009

Exhibition Opening Times:  
Monday 9th November 2009 09.00 - 20.00
Tuesday 10th November 2009 09.00 - 18.00
Wednesday 11th November 2009 09.00 - 14.00
Conference start and end times:  
Monday 9th November 2009 10.00 - 17.00
Tuesday 10th November 2009 09.00 - 15.30
Wednesday 11th November 2009 09.00 - 12.30

BCPC Congress & Exhibition 09

The British Crop Production Council (BCPC) is delighted to announce that the BCPC Congress - the main event in the crop production calendar - will be returning to Glasgow this November. Registrations are growing daily and we expect this to be the biggest BCPC Congress yet!

The two-and-a half day conference programme features over 70 speakers including industry experts such as:

  • Mike Wade, Executive Director, California Farmwater Coalition
  • Dominic Dyer, Chief Executive, Crop Protection Association, UK
  • Michael Fluh, Unit Head, Chemicals, Contaminants, Pesticides, DG SANCO
  • Andy Turner, Water Resources Policy Manager, Environment Agency
  • Dave French, Head Product Registration EAME CP, Syngenta Crop Protection AG
  • Daren Coppock, Chief Executive Officer, National Association of Wheat Growers, USA
  • Ronan Uhel, Head of Programme, Natural Systems & Vulnerability, European Environment Agency
  • Friedhelm Schmider, Director General, ECPA - the European Crop Protection Association 
  • Paul Leonard, Communications & Government Relations, Crop Protection, BASF SE

Other organisations speaking include representatives from:

Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), Scottish Crop Research Institute, Rothamsted Research, Dow AgroSciences, University of Sussex, Aberystwyth University, The Food and Environment Research Agency, University of the West of England, Michigan State University, University of Aarhus (Denmark), HGCA, Central China Normal University, National Farmers' Union (UK), Association of Independent Crop Consultants (AICC), East China University of Science and Technology, the Amenity Forum, New South Wales Department of Primary Industries (Australia), Health & Safety Executive (UK)... and many more!

Over 45 companies have confirmed their participation as exhibitors or sponsors. The latest companies to sign up - as exhibitors, sponsors or hospitality suite hosts - include:

  • Agraquest (USA)
  • Hikal (India)
  • Sinochem (China)
  • GSP Crop Science (India)
  • Dmrkynetec (UK)
  • Lier Chemicals (China)
  • Rbiopharm Rhone (UK)
  • Battelle (Switzerland)
  • Omex (UK).



The BCPC Congress and Exhibition is the largest and most comprehensive crop production and protection event in Europe.  It attracts technical and research delegates along with commercial and technical managers who will come to do business, entertain clients and keep in touch with industry developments.

 The event is aimed at helping professionals from the sector meet future challenges and commercial networking opportunities, attracting industry leaders from all over the world.  The exhibition is the ideal launch platform for new products, offering exhibitors the opportunity to unveil their latest innovations to this unique gathering of experts in the field.

During the BCPC exhibition, exhibitors will negotiate an estimated £5m of high margin sales.  The international gathering allows exhibitors to reach a large proportion of the marketplace and conduct business face to face with key decision makers, avoiding the time and costs of travelling to customers, who are spread across the world.

The Exhibition, and associated hospitality facilities, provide a concentrated trading platform with unparalleled opportunities to:

  • Promote and increase sales leads and orders for new or existing products and services
  • Access key buyers, make new business contacts and strengthen existing customer relationships
  • Keep up to date with information in the crop protection and production marketplace
  • Show your competitors that you are serious about your business

All refreshment breaks for conference delegates will take place in the exhibition area and we expect over 2000 key decision makers from the industry to visit the exhibition.

The exhibition will include the full range of service and product suppliers to the worldwide crop production, including:

  • contract research manufacture and formulation
  • agrochemical active ingredients
  • adjuvants and finished products
  • bio-pesticides and bio-stimulants
  • plant nutrients
  • sprayers and application equipment
  • product packaging
  • publications
  • information services/systems



Conference Programme

This year's Congress features two and a half days of strategic and scientific content. Extensive research has been undertaken in which we have asked you what content you want to see at the event, what topics you want to hear about, and who you want to see on the speaker platform. Combining this with the expertise of our advisory panel, we have developed a comprehensive agenda, which will provide you with strategic crop production industry overviews as well as the latest scientific advances.

Here are just a few of the many topics which will be addressed:

  • Examining the outcomes of EU regulatory reforms
  • Overcoming economic uncertainty in agriculture
  • Presenting the latest new products and compounds
  • Exploring the use of nanotechnology in agriculture
  • Application and formulation technologies: an update
  • Registration and regulatory challenges and changes
  • Research promotion, development, commercialization and funding
  • Understanding the impact of climate change on crop protection

About Us

The British Crop Production Council promotes the use of good science and technology in the understanding and application of effective and sustainable crop production. BCPC is a Registered Charity and a Company limited by Guarantee.

Its key objectives are to:

  • Identify developing issues in the science and practice of crop protection and production, and provide informed, independent analysis and views on these to opinion formers, government and the public;
  • Publish definitive information for growers, advisors and other stakeholders in the food, fuel and fibre production chain, in the form of reference works, manuals and handbooks;
  • Organise and co-host conferences and symposia to provide platforms for the reporting and debate of scientific relevant results and opinion;
  • Contribute to the future of UK (bio) science by providing publications for schools which stimulate interest and learning.

United Business Media Limited (UBM) is a leading global business media company. We inform markets and bring the world's buyers and sellers together at events, online, in print, and with the information they need to do business successfully.

We focus on serving professional and commercial communities, from doctors to game developers, from journalists to jewellery dealers, from farmers to pharmacists around the world. Our product list includes:

  • Informex USA
  • CPHI Worldwide
  • International Food Ingredients
  • Farmers Guardian

Our 5,000 staff in more than 30 countries are organised into specialist teams that serve these communities, helping them to do business and their markets to work effectively and efficiently.

UBM is listed on the London Stock Exchange (UBM.L). In 2007 our continuing businesses generated revenues of over £800m with continuing operating profit of £176m.

UBM Conferences operates across all UBM's divisions, to bring unrivalled content and thought leadership to marketers and business professionals across a wide range of markets. Launched in 2007, UBM Conferences has an impressive programme of over 100 events covering the Health & Safety, IT, Agriculture, Aviation, Property, Food Ingredients, Healthcare, Pharmaceutical Ingredients, Entertainment Technology, Security, Construction, Architecture, Licensed Trade, Music and Travel markets.




BCPC stimulates multi-pronged approach to the ‘Crop Protection Crunch’

Feb. 21, 2010 /

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Despite lobbying and efforts by UK politicians, EU Pesticide legislation (EC 1107/2009) – which will affect agriculture, food production and its availability – is set to go ahead. With the additional burden of the Thematic Strategy on the Sustainable Use of Pesticides (2009/127/EC) and the Water Framework Directive, BCPC warns that this will seriously impact on the industry and that a coordinated approach will be needed to address the challenges.

"We must get the message out about the negative impact that all this legislation will have on the production of good quality, nutritional food, at affordable prices – a ‘Crop Protection Crunch’," says Dr Colin Ruscoe, chairman of BCPC. “We need to inform the whole of the food chain from producers to retailers and the general public, as well as finding ways to help food producers deal with the impact. And if we are going to make further attempts at regulatory reform, both in the UK and EU, continued lobbying of government will be crucial.”

Even before the new legislation, the number of pesticides available has been declining. Now some major groups could be lost, seriously affecting the production of many horticultural crops, potatoes, oilseed rape and cereals. “There is no ‘magic bullet’ to deal with the impact,” says Dr Ruscoe. "An integrated approach involving alternative chemistry, breeding, biological and cultural methods will be essential. GM technology would also be valuable but, even if present political restrictions were removed, realistically GM solutions are more than 15 years away.”

Research and development (R&D) approaches will need five-year, multi-pronged (chemical / breeding / biological / cultural) projects, aimed at effective pest and disease control as well as maintaining the environment and improving biodiversity. The approaches need to deliver a portfolio of tools, maturing in the short, medium and long-term. This means adopting a different approach to the present patterns of funding, which do not generally finance long-duration multidisciplinary / multi-output R&D projects. 

"In 2008 BCPC convened a meeting of representatives from various stakeholder organisations across the food chain to focus action on countering the legislation, which contributed to some success in improving it, despite lack of support from most other EU countries” explains Dr Ruscoe.

At a recent follow-up meeting, key crop production organisations agreed on a coordinated approach to the challenges that will be faced with the introduction of the legislation, and to move the initiative forward, by establishing working groups to deliver on:

·         A further analysis of the impact of the legislation and the resultant priorities and identify the likely actions (R&D, regulatory, knowledge transfer etc.);

·         The provision of information on future activity, tailored for the range of players in the food chain and for lobbying;

·         Analysing the scope for regulatory and market reform and actions to be taken;

·         Identifying potential funding sources for further activities, particularly for integrated programmes which might not fit existing funding sources/policies.

The combined group will meet in June and September 2010 to report back and monitor progress.