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British Crop Production Council
Legal statusNon-profit company and Registered charity
PurposeCrop production in the UK
Region served
General Manager
Chris Todd
Main organ
Executive Board
AffiliationsNFU, NIAB, Environment Agency, BBSRC, DARDNI, NERC, SCI, DEFRA, BSPP
WebsiteBritish Crop Production Council

The British Crop Production Council (BCPC) is an organisation that promotes the use of good science and technology in the understanding and application of effective and sustainable crop production. BCPC is a Registered Charity and a Company limited by Guarantee.


The key objectives of BPCP are to:


BCPC was formed in 1967 by the amalgamation of the British Weed Control Council and the British Insecticide and Fungicide Council under the presidency of Sir Frederick Bawden, who was Director of then Rothamsted Experimental Station.


BCPC achieves its objectives through the delivery of the following products and services:

  1. Informed and Independent Analysis and Opinion
    news releases reflecting outputs from Expert Working Groups (Weeds, Pests and Diseases, Applications and Seed Treatment) and individual board members
    responses to consultations and briefs for MPs, DEFRA.
  2. Definitive Crop Production/Protection Information
    The Pesticide Manual, The Manual of BioControl Agents, The UK Pesticide Guide
    Technical training handbooks covering - Field Scale Spraying, Small Scale Spraying, Using Pesticides, Spreading Fertilisers and Applying Slug Pellets and Safety Equipment Handbook
    On-line resources –, New Crop Opportunities, Identipest, Garden Detective, the weekly BCPC News
  3. Conferences and Symposia
    the international BCPC Congress and Exhibition
    specialist science and technology symposia
    fora for stakeholders throughout the food chain
  4. Science Education
    Beginners Life Science Series;
    Beginners Physical Science Series

See also


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