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Malting Barley Conference 4th December 2018

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Date: 4th December 2018

Time: 10am – 4pm

Venue: Norton Park Hotel, Sutton Scotney, Nr Winchester, Hampshire, SO21 3NB

Volatility in malting barley markets, driven by extreme global weather and growing global malt demand is now largely accepted as the norm, growing and marketing the crop is key to your success. Our annual conference is designed to allow you to hear about all the current issues surrounding the market and equip you with the right information to help you grow the crop and get a better understanding of the market.

This year’s speakers are:

Jack Watts – Chief Arable Advisor with the NFU. Jack spent many years as chief analyst at the AHDB and has moved across to the NFU in a similar senior role. Jack kicks things off with a global view of markets and brings things down to UK malting barley market dynamics.

Sam Brooke – Head of Syngenta Seeds. Sam will give us an up to date look at new varieties with an in depth look at Laureate and any new varieties coming through.

Iain Hamilton – Regional head of agronomy at Syngenta – Another year of trials information on seed rates, nitrogen amounts and timings, application of growth regulators and fungicide response will make compelling listening.

Jonny Roberts – Barley Procurement Manager England, Boortmalt UK.

Sam Colman – Key Account Manager, Boortmalt UK.

Boortmalt UK are the biggest UK maltster, using circa 400,000t of barley across 4 plants. They are a subsidiary of the Boortmalt Group (Owned by Axareal) headquartered in Europe and processing 1.7 mt of barley a year. They supply brewers and distillers around the globe. Jonathan will give us an overview of their business, the procurement of malting barley and how they see things developing and Sam is responsible for selling malt to breweries and distilleries throughout the UK and will be going through malt markets, drinking trends, future demand and specifications required by the drinks industry.

Jonathan Arnold – Barley Buyer, Robin Appel Ltd – A detailed review of crop 2018, look forward to crop 2019, which varieties to grow, marketing strategies and more current issues.

Gary Mills-Thomas – Head of Syngenta UK, Gary has been involved with the seed and Agchem industry for many years. Now heading up the UK arm of Syngenta, He will give us an insight of how the future looks for the UK on all things seed and Agchem.

To round off we will have the results of the 2018 spring malting barley competition. Polhampton Pride was the beer brewed from Geoff Elliot’s winning sample of Propino barley from the 2017 harvest. Who will win the chance to have a beer brewed from their 2018 crop of spring malting barley?

Jonathan Arnold

BASIS & NRoSO points available