BCPC Mission and objectives
BCPC (British Crop Production Council) promotes the use of science and technology in the understanding and application of effective and sustainable crop production. BCPC is a Registered Charity and a Company limited by Guarantee. It has no fee-paying membership, and as such is able to act in an independent convening role, bringing together representatives of the range of relevant agricultural organisations, to deal with common issues and to disseminate information and opinion.
Its key objectives are to:
- Identify developing issues in the science and practice of crop protection and production, and provide informed, independent analysis and views on these to opinion formers, government and the public;
- Publish definitive, independent information for growers, advisors and other stakeholders in the food, fuel and fibre production chain, in the form of reference works, manuals and handbooks;
- Organise and co-host conferences and symposia to provide platforms for the reporting and debate of topical scientific results and opinion;
- Contribute to UK science education e.g. by providing publications for schools which stimulate interest and learning.
We seek to meet these objectives through the following products and services:
1. Informed and Independent Analysis and Views:
- News releases with opinion on current topics in science and technology in crop production
- Responses to consultations and briefs for MPs, Defra, others.
2. Definitive and independent Crop Production and Protection Information:
- The Pesticide Manual, The Manual of BioControl Agents, The GM Crop Manual, The UK Pesticide Guide
- Technical training handbooks – Field Scale Spraying, Small Scale Spraying, Using Pesticides, Spreading Fertilisers and Applying Slug Pellets and the Safety Equipment Handbook
- On-line or CD technical resources – www.bcpcdata.com, www.plantprotection.co.uk, Identipest, Garden Detective
- Information on current topics including Agricultural Policy, R&D, Bees, Bio-Fuels, Biotech, Climate Change, Environment & Biodiversity, Food Security, GM crops, New Crop Opportunities, Organic Crop Production, Pest Control, Pesticide Use, Application, Regulation, and Resistance, Plant Breeding, Soils and Water Management, via urls in the weekly BCPC News
3. Conferences and Symposia
- BCPC Congress - EU regulatory congress and exhibition
- CropWorld Global: conference and exhibition;
- Specialist science and technology symposia;
- Fora for stakeholders throughout the food chain.
4. Science Education
- Life Science Series for children at Key Stage 1
- Physical Science Series for children at Key Stage 1
- Sponsorship for post-graduate posters at CropWorld
More details on all BCPC’s activities and its products and services can be found in the following webpages.
The 50th BCPC Annual Weed Review chaired by Dilwyn Harris, Dow AgroSciences and held at Rothamsted Research, provided an opportunity to reflect on the significant arable weed control challenges over the past half-century and consider the progress made.
The new 5th edition of BCPC’s Manual of Biocontrol Agents – a toolbox for biocontrol and integrated pest management (IPM) – was launched as an online resource at the Annual Biocontrol Industry Meeting (ABIM), in Basel, Switzerland in October.
BCPC has responded to the recent Chemical Regulation Directorate (CRD) consultation on the adoption of low-drift nozzles within updated interim measures for aquatic buffer zones. It is concerned that the proposed changes only involves drift reducing nozzles rather than all DRTs.