Theme: Climate change – The challenges and opportunities for farmers, food production and the environment


Date: Tuesday 22 September
Location: Farmers Club, London, UK

Climate change is set to remodel UK agriculture and the countryside. Most growers have experienced the implications first hand – particularly the financial cost and worries that can bring – after one of our wettest autumns and winters, followed by a spring and early summer drought.

It has proved to be a destructive combination limiting field operations, impeding germination and crop establishment throughout the season and long-term damage to soil structure. And that impact does not only affect farmers, but also consumers and the UK’s fragile economy.

Evidence of the long-standing change comes from the recent Met Office statistics which reveal the past decade holds eight high-temperature records, compared with only one low-temperature record.

So, this technical seminar, the fourth in a series to be organised by The Farmers Club and BCPC (British Crop Production Council), sets out to put Climate change in perspective for UK farmers and the environment they protect. Our specialist panel of speakers will explain some of the challenges and, more importantly, detail the opportunities for UK agriculture so that it can make the most of our world’s long-term weather forecast.

The Farmers Club and BCPC are planning a live event in accordance with social distancing guidelines on Tuesday 22 September 2020. Numbers are to be restricted and consequently registration will be dealt with on a first come, first served basis. The proceedings will also be recorded and available on-line for all.

To register your interest please email Anita Kaur at The Farmers Club  Email:


10.30 – 11.00 Registration and coffee

11.00 Charman’s introduction: Stephen Howe, BCPC

11.10 Reaching net zero agricultural emissions by 2040 – 10 years ahead of the UK target:

Dr Ceris Jones, NFU Climate Change Adviser

11.45 Climate change: The impact for UK crops and cropping patterns:

Prof Steven Penfield, Group leader, Genes in the Environment, John Innes Centre

12.30 – 1.30 Lunch

1.30 Reducing fertiliser’s carbon footprint to benefit crops and the environment

Mark Tucker, Business Development Manager and Head of Agronomy, Yara UK

2.05 Reaping the rewards of climate change for the UK fruit sector

Ross Newham, Operations Director NIAB EMR

2.40 – 3.00 Discussion

3.00 Tea