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WELCOME TO TECHNICALLY SPEAKING - the newsletter from the NFU's Science & Regulatory Affairs team! Click on one of the top stories above, scroll down for more articles or read on to find out what the team have been up to recently.
FOCUS ON: Senior Plant Health Adviser, Emma Hamer, said "I have been pretty involved with flying the flag for Integrated Pest Management (IPM) over the last few months. I met with staff at AHDB staff to discuss how they are driving forward R&D in the IPM area and most projects they fund now have an element of IPM. This is all the more important now as we continue to lose important active ingredients, we need solutions on how to manage pests, weeds and diseases in our crops. I am also ensuring that the Voluntary Initiative makes IPM a key strategy going forward. This is particularly important in the light of PAN and RSPB making a public withdrawal from the VI.
"I have started a series of meetings with non-farming audiences, to raise awareness of how growers produce food and why we use pesticides. As well as speaking to NFU members at branch meetings, I have several opportunities to speak to Womens’ Institutes. The audiences are keen to hear details of the work of the NFU and issues that we are involved with. The talks generate questions on bees, glyphosate, plastic packaging, Red Tractor and how farmers learn to farm! There was a huge amount of support for farmers and a generous donation was given to the Royal Agricultural Benevolent Institution. Several more of these talks are planned for 2019."
IN BRIEF:• Helen, Chris and Environment Forum Chair Phil Jarvis met with Defra Chief Scientist Prof Ian Boyd • Chris was also busy making representations to both UK and EU institutions ahead of a vote on the future of CIPC at an EU Appeals Committee • Tom attended the inaugural meeting of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on trailer and towing safety • Tammie organised a meeting between the NFU, AHDB and Food & Drink Sector Council to discuss how to better coordinate communications on workforce and skills activity• Ianattended a meeting of the English, Welsh & Scottish Farm Safety Partnerships to harmonise work on farm safety across Britain
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