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Webinar and presentation slides for project evaluation event, 28th July 2021


Wednesday 28th July 2021, 14:00 – 15:00pm

To view the PowerPoint slide:  Crop health North PowerPoint July 2021

To view the webinar*, please visit: https://vimeo.com/642367095 

*Please note, the webinar took place on a particularly stormy day in Yorkshire, which did have impact on it’s quality with our AV supplier who was streaming the event on behalf  of the project team. However, the quality still allows you to understand the speakers. 


Over recent years the industry has followed a route that may have its own failings either through resistance issues, loss of actives and changes in regulation.

Biological crop protection products, or bioprotection products, work in many ways, to strengthen the plant’s natural resistance but also as direct antagonists to fungal and bacterial diseases and against insects. These are relatively new to the UK cereals but likely to become widely available over the next few years.

This session aims to showcase the work of Crop Health North who have conducted farmer field trials to investigate the effectiveness of using biological crop protection products vs. conventional chemical pesticides for crop protection in wheat.

The session will cover:

  • Exploring different methods of crop protection practice
  • Hear results from our spring and winter wheat trials comparing the effectiveness of these products on different wheat varieties ‘ disease resistance, yield and quality over a 4-year period.
  • Explore next steps for the bioprotectants and their use on cereals in the future.

Who should attend?

  • Farmers
  • Agronomists
  • Industry partners


  • Prof Rob Edwards, Chair of the Farmer Scientist Network and Head of the School for Natural and Environmental Sciences, University of Newcastle


  • Richard Bramley, Chair of the National Farmers Union Environment Forum / Yorkshire arable farmer
  • Dave George, Specialist in Precision Agronomy, Newcastle University
  • James Standen, Farm Director, Newcastle University Farms. Newcastle University
  • Dr Roma Gwynn, Biopesticides Strategist, Biorationale
  • Tom King, Technical Manager, Eurofins
  • Stephanie Sunley, Project Manager, Stockbridge Technology Centre


Webinar 2


Webinar 1

Webinar and presentation slides for project evaluation event, 28th July 20212021-11-09T11:25:55+00:00

IBMA Workshop, 6th June 2021



On Wednesday 9th June 2021, the IBMA hosted an online workshop to explore the role of biocontrol’s and the shift to nature, titled: ‘The shift to nature positive food and
farming – what role for biocontrol?’

Richard Bramley (The Farmer Scientist Network) was invited to speak at the event to share his views as a farmer on the use of biocontrol’s in the future. You can see the flyer here: IBMA FFF_9th June 2021

IBMA Workshop, 6th June 20212021-08-17T12:03:28+01:00

IAFRI Science Symposium Online, 17th – 19th Nov 2020


Scientists from Fera and Newcastle University discussed current research in the context of recent national and global challenges; sharing knowledge and innovation to promote collaboration and exchange of ideas. There were opportunities to examine how we can respond to demands in sustainable agriculture and food production, with consideration to recent government Bills in the agri-food-environment and the National Food Strategy. Keynote speakers have been confirmed for sessions in food, farming, environment and chemicals; with specific reference to the challenges of 2021 and beyond.

The event will be opened by David Kennedy (Defra DG Food, Farming and Biosecurity) and features guest speakers Richard Bramley (Farmer Scientist Network) David Hill (The Environment Bank) Sue Davies (Which?), Guy Pengelley (Milltrust), Dave Bench (Crop Protection Association) and will be closed with a keynote address and student prizes awarded by Prof Gideon Henderson.

To see the summary of the event and the programme, visit: Join the digital Fera Science Ltd & IAFRI 2020 Science Symposium

IAFRI Science Symposium Online, 17th – 19th Nov 20202021-06-15T14:07:38+01:00

Crop Health North Conference and Demo Day, June 2020


The Crop Health North Conference and demonstration day will take place in June 2020 at Stockbridge Technology Centre. To register your interest in attending the event, please email: hollyj@yas.co.uk 

Crop Health North Conference and Demo Day, June 20202020-02-10T15:46:31+00:00

AICC Conference,14th and 15th January 2020

The Association of Independent Crop Consultants (AICC) aims to maintain professional standards, to provide a forum for the exchange of technical information and to reinforce the independence of its members.

The AICC Conference took place on the 14th and 15th January 2020 at Whittlebury Hall, Towcester. Dr Dave George, Newcastle University and Tom King, Eurofins presented the recent results of the project to a sold out conference.

AICC Conference,14th and 15th January 20202021-06-09T12:08:55+01:00

DG AGRI Outlook Conference, 10th and 11th December 2019


Dr Roma Gwynn spoke about Crop Health North and its results at the recent 2019 EU Agricultural Outlook Conference held on the 10th and 11th December in Brussels, Belgium. The fifth edition of the conference was opened by the Agriculture and Rural Development Commissioner, Janusz Wojciechowski.

DG AGRI Outlook Conference 2019

The conference has become the key annual gathering of European stakeholders willing to engage and discuss the future of agriculture in Europe and the challenges which lie ahead. The conference is a key annual opportunity for European stakeholders to engage and discuss the future of agriculture in Europe and the challenges that lie ahead.

Discussion on day one involved high-level panellists and focused on sustainability from farm to fork. The second day started with a discussion on the impact of increasing societal demands on food prices. This was followed by a debate on the outlook for EU agricultural markets (crops, biofuels, specialised crops, meat and dairy).

Participants included EU institutions, governments and international organisations, those involved in the food supply chain, market experts, academics, think tanks and civil society.

You can hear Dr Roma Gwynn speak at the conference by following this link:

Starting at 02:18:00:


You can find out more about the conference here: https://ec.europa.eu/info/events/2019-eu-agricultural-outlook-conference-2019-dec-10_en

DG AGRI Outlook Conference, 10th and 11th December 20192021-06-09T12:00:05+01:00
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