CropslogoWildlife management is no longer a peripheral issue – the new support regime made sure of that. But the potential benefits go far beyond securing Brussels’ funds. Attention to habitat diversity, environmental issues and wildlife opportunities can all boost farm income.

That is why Crops has joined forces with the Farmed Environment Company to stage this definitive annual conference. Our line-up of speakers will empower you to take full advantage of this fast-growing sector.

The conference takes place on 7th February 2006 at Chilford Hall, Linton, Cambs.

For more details and to book your place, please contact Marion Phillips on 0208 652 4081 or e-mail

Conference programme:

  The Crops/FEC annual conference Sponsored by Frontier/Kings, Guild of Conservation Grade Producers and Syngenta Crop Protection


Chairman – Charles Abel, editor of Crops 

 09:50 Professor David Bellamy
Champion of conservation, David Bellamy, was ahead of his time in acknowledging and supporting the role that farmers play in enhancing habitat diversity. Ten years on his views are now the fabric of the political map. He sets the scene for the day.
 10:00 FEC’s Robert Gooch
Robert Gooch provides a political insight on UK and European agricultural policy and how environmental support will remain the cornerstone.
 10:30 Tim Nevard, global environmental economist
Farming for Wildlife: how the global marketplace is buying into nature conservation.
 11:00 Coffee break 
 11:30 David Whelon, RDS explains the role-out of ELS and HLS and the value to English farmers.
 11:45 Richard Brand-Hardy, head of R and D, DEFRA
SAFFIE, PEBBLE and BUZZ are just some of the research projects tackling environmental management options.
 12:00 Alistair Leake, Game Conservancy
Where should farmers invest their time and effort for the biggest environmental rewards? Alistair Leake shares at Allerton Trusts’ Loddington Farm in Leicester.
 12:15 Richard Barnes, Game Cover and Conservation Crop Manager, Kings
Putting the theory into practice Richard Barnes provides a practical overview of how crop choice and subsequent management of conservation areas can be used to maximise their wildlife value.
 12:30 Questions to the panel of speakers
 12:45  LUNCH
 14:00 Juan Gonzalez-Valero, Syngenta
How are the environmental policies and schemes impacting on farmers in the rest of Europe and how are they generating value from them?
 14:25 Bill Jordan, Jordans
What is the value of growing Conservation grade food? Who better to explain the opportunities than the man buying – and growing – for this premium market.
 14:50 Speaker to be confirmed
 15:15 Nicholas Watts, Deeping St Nicholas, Lincs
Nicholas Watts is a wildlife enthusiast who has channelled his interests into a bird seed venture now turning over more than £1m.
 15:25 Chairman’s closing remarks
 15:30 Tea and biscuits

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Sponsors messages:

conservation grade logoAs a higher tier environmental farming system, Conservation Grade is pleased to sponsor the Crops/FEC Annual Conference. Market research shows nearly 8 million consumers have an interest in the environmental impacts of food production and prefer to purchase foods which are demonstrably produced in ways which support biodiversity.
Conservation Grade uniquely links;
• Consumers
• Farmers
• Food processorse
• Conservationists & NGOs

frontier logoSignificant changes to the shape of agricultural support in recent years have prompted farmers to adapt their businesses and the new “Single Payment Scheme”, with ELS and HLS add-ons, places a greater emphasis on environmental management. Frontier Agriculture has responded by developing the “Whole Farm Policy”, a farm-based advisory service to help farmers. Our specialists are trained in the latest environmental management techniques and all our agronomists are BETA qualified.

kings game cover logoOur subsidiary company Kings is one of the leading suppliers of seed mixtures and technical advice for conservation management.


operation bumblebeeWith environmental management key to the EU support system, and ELS and HLS, there is the opportunity to create hugely beneficial wildlife habitats on farm and real economic returns. Based on the experience gained from the Buzz Project, Syngenta’s Operation Bumblebee launched this autumn aims to boost UK bumblebee numbers in arable farmland by establishing pollen and nectar-rich field margins in key locations on the farm. Operation Bumblebee’s aim is to establish 1000ha of such habitat on 1000 farms across the UK over the next three years.