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AHDB to welcome new agronomists with induction event

Monday, 7 October 2019

AHDB will welcome new and soon-to-be qualified agronomists at an event this month to foster close links with those starting out in their careers.

The Agronomists’ Induction, taking place from 22-23 October, will introduce AHDB staff, services, publications and tools while spreading the word on Integrated Pest Management (IPM).

The event is specifically aimed at new agronomists, covering IPM for both arable farming and horticulture. There will also be exhibitions from BBRO, PGRO and LEAF. Delegates will have the opportunity to meet their regional Knowledge Exchange Manager and register to attend upcoming business and technical meetings, including local Monitor Farm and Strategic Farms events.

AHDB Knowledge Transfer Manager Emily Pope said: “The Agronomists’ Induction is a chance for new entrants to the industry to meet AHDB staff and learn all about what we do and how we can help them. It’s a great networking opportunity to meet their future colleagues as they set out on their careers”

A number of the talks will focus on how agronomists can encourage farmers to adopt an IPM approach to growing crops. Emily said: “We hope that by encouraging agronomists to adopt AHDB tools for IPM at the start of their careers, it will be possible to secure greater participation in this increasingly important practice.”

Over two days delegates will hear about crop protection and production, environment, resource management and using the Recommended Lists. There will also be talks on benchmarking and introducing livestock into the arable rotation.

Workshops run by AHDB staff will take place on both days, offering the chance to learn about a range of topics in more detail. Delegates will be able to pre-select which topic they’re most interested in when booking.

The Agronomists’ Induction will take place from 22-23 October at Holiday Inn Peterborough West. The event is free to attend and those interested must book to secure their place. More information, including booking, is available on the event page at the AHDB website.