CropTec celebrates 10 years with a focus on farming in a changing climate

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CropTec, the technical arable farming event, is set to host its 10th anniversary show this November, with a focus on ‘farming in a changing climate: Controlling costs, cultivating resilience’. 

The event was born from Stephen Howe, former development director for the Farmers Guardian group which owns CropTec and LAMMA, and his idea for a ‘no frills’ technical event specifically for arable growers.

At the time of CropTec’s inception, new EU regulations were affecting pesticide use and availability, changing UK legislation was placing huge demands on farmers, and agri-chemical costs were increasing – all the while environmental issues brought further challenges.

“We wanted to raise awareness among farmers about what was going on right now, what was coming up in the next year or two and what steps they could take now to prepare,” Mr Howe said.

Nick Rainsley, head of marketing for Hutchinsons, and member of the original CropTec steering committee which launched the event, said: “We wanted it to be about information and knowledge exchange, to and from manufacturers, suppliers and growers, as efficiently as possible.

“I’ve been to CropTec every year since and it’s important for Hutchinsons to be there. The key strength is the quality of the growers. It draws out the more technically minded and those that are looking for opportunity and looking to learn.”

Looking toward the theme of farming in a changing climate, the Show’s seminar programme will address issues such as environmental regulation, data, natural capital opportunities and disease control.

The anniversary event will be held at The East of England Showground, in Peterborough, and those wishing to attend can register for their free ticket at

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