Dr Penny Maplestone, CEO of the British Society of Plant Breeders

All I want for Christmas is a crystal ball

“Plant breeding makes a huge difference in virtually every area of everybody’s life,” says Dr Penny Maplestone, CEO of the British Society of Plant Breeders (BSPB). She is set to speak alongside experts in agronomy and agri-engineering at the festive finale of Agri-Tech East’s 2016 ‘Pollinator’ series – ‘Christmas is Coming: An Agri-tech Wish List for Santa’.

The British Society of Plant Breeders (BSPB) is the trade association for the agricultural and horticultural plant breeding industry in the UK, and has 67 plant breeders and breeders’ agents as members. These companies are developing new varieties of all the main agricultural crops, forage crops, amenity grasses and vegetables.

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Agri-tech news update

  • New Opportunity Zone provides access to the skills you need

    Published: 2 December, 2016

    Do you have a post to fill? The ever-expanding Agri-Tech East network includes the UK’s largest concentration of technical, producer and academic expertise and our new Opportunity Zone provides a new way to promote a range of vacancies.

    We will be posting opportunities for both temporary and permanent positions on the website.

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  • GROW 2016/17 launched at REAP

    Published: 2 December, 2016

    The national Agri-Tech business plan competition GROW is now live. GROW aims to give everyone with a good idea for improving agricultural production the chance to see if it can be made into…

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  • The role of the agronomist is changing

    Published: 1 December, 2016

    Robotic sprayers and dual hoppers are just two of the ideas on the Christmas wish list for Agrovista’s Jack Harris. Always keeping an eye out for new technology, Jack is…

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  • Catch up with our 2016 events programme

    Published: 1 December, 2016

    With our final Pollinator of 2016 (Christmas is Coming: An Agri-Tech Wish List For Santa) just around the corner, now’s the perfect time to catch up on any events that…

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  • Agri-Tech Week on BBC Farming Today

    Published: 28 November, 2016

    Agri-Tech Week featured strongly on the BBC’s Farming Today programme and we were delighted that presenter Anna Hill managed to come to several events. Their report on the Monday event ‘Using…

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  • Agri-Tech Week 2016 – inspirational!

    Published: 14 November, 2016

    From blue sky thinking to generations-old cider production – Agri-Tech Week this year has had it all.  Seven events across five counties involving a diversity of organisations, companies and individuals…

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