Planning for 2015 Under 40s Conference well under way

Article taken from The Fruit Grower

On 21 May the current U40s organising committee arranged an interim meeting at East Malling Research, to give interested young people who may wish to join this biennial event an opportunity to hear the plans for the 23rd Under 40s Conference in 2014 from the U40s committee.

Under 40s Chair Lucy Mason introduced the other committee members: Tom Hulme, Treasurer; Alex Cooke, Sponsorship Secretary: Harriet Roberts, Secretary: and Tom Berry and Paul Smith, Joint Venture Chairmen.

Lucy Mason announced that the Conference will be held in the Benelux region on 25-28 February and encouraged those present to join the U40s and to tell their friends.  “This is a gold opportunity to widen your horizons at a cost only possible due to the generosity of our sponsors – it is not to be missed.”

Lucy recommended that anyone interested in joining the Conference should visit the Under 40s website for more detailed information.

The Conference will be making the following visits:

  • Top fruit and stone fruit nurseries in Holland & Belgium
  • Apple, pear and cherry growers
  • An auction house, and a large packing and storage facility
  • Linking up with the Belgian under 35s
  • A Belgian research institute
  • A large Belgian fruit machinery manufacturer
The U40s group was addressed by Ross Newham, Press Officer at EMR, who gave an overview of EMR history and its current status as the foremost fruit research centre in the UK.

A walk around the Concept Pear Orchard with Graham Caspell, EMR’s Farm Manager, was followed by a visit to the Strawberry Breeding Unit where Adam Whitehouse and Abi Johnson explained the processes of breeding new varieties.  Ross Newham showed the group the ‘Rhizo-Lab’, which has been completely revamped, and finally there was an in-depth look at the Produce Quality Centre with Emma Skipper.

This event was well supported with more than 30 potential delegates for the 2015 U40s Conference in the Benelux region attending, plus several sponsors.  Any young person wishing to attend the 2014 Conference is asked to contact Under 40s Secretary Harriet Roberts or speak to any member of the committee.

Contact: Harriet Roberts
: 01954 268216 / Mobile: 07831 134345
Fax: 01954 267659 


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