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BBRO Technical Meetings - February 2016

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News Item (4th December 2015): New position announced.

Sugar Beet Knowledge Exchange and Yield Progression Lead

A unique opportunity has arisen for a forward thinking individual to join this leading sugar beet research organisation.  This demanding agronomy based role within the British Beet Research Organisation requires an excellent communicator to help deliver key messages to industry, ensuring the UK sugar beet crop remains competitive and profitable for growers and the processor now and beyond the 2017 sugar regime.  

BBRO is located at the Norwich Research Park, a prime location to interact and liaise with key players in the science community.  This appointment to the senior management team, will enhance BBRO capabilities helping to increase the research portfolio and ensure the organisation is well placed to meet the exciting challenges ahead.

The successful applicant will be responsible for leading an applied agronomy based R&D programme and establishing appropriate knowledge exchange to highlight and promote the three key BBRO research priority areas; yield progression, yield stability and harvest & storage.  To further complement the skills of the existing team, the post holder will have specialist skills in agronomy with a focus on soils, water and nutrition.   

Applicants must be of degree calibre with FACTS and BASIS qualifications desirable and have a proven track record in agronomy, soils and nutrition.  An appreciation of the UK arable sector is needed and knowledge of the UK sugar beet industry would be an advantage.

Full job description available on request. 

Please apply with your CV and covering letter to: francesca.broom@bbro.co.uk Closing date:  Monday 4th January 2016 

BBRO is a non-profit making company set up jointly by British Sugar plc and the NFU to implement and commission research aimed at increasing competitiveness and profitability of the UK beet industry.

What is the British Beet Research Organisation (BBRO)?

The BBRO is a non-profit making company set up jointly by British Sugar plc (BS) and the National Farmers' Union (NFU). The objective of the BBRO is to commission and implement research and technology transfer designed to increase the competitiveness and profitability of the UK beet sugar industry in a sustainable and environmentally acceptable manner. This is overseen by the Executive Board members who are responsible for setting the levy.

Who decides the content of the Research and Technology Transfer Programme?

The Research & Development Board of BBRO provides an independent panel of experts to give both oversight of BBRO's funded research and provide guidance on the selection of research priorities. The R&D Board is chaired by Colin MacEwan, Head of BBRO.

The R&D Board has access to a Scientific Consultation Group, made up of independent external specialists. The senior staff of BBRO oversee and monitor all internal and external projects.

BBRO's Strategic Objectives:

  • Increase yield by 4% per year over the next 4 years
  • Create a 1st class sugar beet innovation team delivering world class trials/demonstrations
  • Lead in best practice for sugar beet production
  • Deliver training and succession planning for the future
  • Leverage greater funds

BBRO Winter Meetings 2016

The BBRO can confirm a new programme of Winter Technical Updates with a meeting scheduled for each of the four factory areas. Please add these dates to your diary and more information about the format, content and venues will be announced later.

  • 2 February 2016 - Bury St Edmunds Factory area
  • 3 February 2016 - Cantley Factory area
  • 4 February 2016 - Wissington Factory area
  • 5 February 2016 - Newark Factory area

Further details will be available from the British Sugar Beet Portal (www.uksugarbeet.co.uk)

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