Arable growers invited to Agronomy and Business Management Conference

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n An Agronomy and Business Management Conference for arable growers will take place at Greenmount College on January 14.

AN all-day conference, jointly organised by CAFRE, the Ulster Arable Society and the Ulster Farmers’ Union (UFU), is to be held next Tuesday (January 14).

Taking place at CAFRE’s Greenmount Campus from 9am-4pm, the conference is deigned to help arable growers deal with current agronomy and business management issues.

An opening address by UFU President Ivor Ferguson will kick start the morning session, followed by a talk on the issues surrounding “Protecting glyphosate” delivered by Mark Buckingham, Corporate Engagement, Bayer Crop Science.

A discussion on “Grain marketing options before and after harvest” will then be held by Ben Fraser, Senior Trader at W & R Barnett Ltd, while Dr Patrick Forrestal, Head of Soil and Plant Nutrition, Teagasc, will close the session with a talk on “Improving soil health for the long term”.

An afternoon session will then follow with talks from Dr Steve Foster, Entomologist, Rothamsted Research on “Aphid and BYDV control after neonicotinoids” and Downpatrick AHDB Monitor Farmer Richard Orr, who will provide a farmer’s view on “Tying it all together”.

IFJ Northern Editor David Wright will then chair a panel Question & Answer session.

The cost of attending the conference is £25 with bookings received after today (January 9) incurring an additional £5 charge.

Ulster Arable Society members are entitled to a £5 refund on attendance at the AGM.

Places can be booked at or if you have difficulty booking online, please contact Angela Scott at UFU headquarters on 028 9037 0222.

Please note places cannot be reserved and payment in full is required at the time of booking by credit or debit card.

For further information on conference speakers or facilities/access queries contact CAFRE KT admin on 028 94 426790 or email


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