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Forum Sub-Groups

Indicators sub-group  (2000 - present)
  • The 'Outcomes and Indicators sub-group' was set up by the Pesticides Forum in 2000 to recommend a range of indicators that could be developed to reflect the success or otherwise of the Forum in achieving its aim of promoting responsible pesticide use. 
  • In 2001, the sub-group published its Outcomes and Indicators report in which it made more than 60 recommendations. Nine of these indicators were adopted more or less straightaway. The Forum agreed to help develop a further fourteen and asked or alerted various other parties as to the desirability of developing the rest. Subsequently the Forum agreed to adopt several more indicators, which were included in later Pesticides Forum Annual Reports. 
  • Between 2004 and 2007, the Pesticides Forum produced a separate annual Indicators Group report.
  • The 2007 version of the Indicators Report was changed in format to include several new indicators. These reflected the structure of the UK Pesticides Strategy and enabled the Indicators Group to monitor its progress. Prior to 2004, and following 2007, information on indicators is included in the main Pesticides Forum Annual Reports.  
  • Today's Indicators sub group meets twice a year to discuss the indicators and content for the Pesticides Forum's annual report and data presentation. In 2010, the indicators were reviewed and re-brigaded in the annual report to reflect the EU Directive on the sustainable use of pesticides (2009/128/EC) and the UK pesticides National Action Plan.  
Pesticides Forum / Voluntary Initiative Joint Working Group on Grassland and Forage Issues (2013 - present)
  • Both the Pesticides Forum and Voluntary Initiative identified a need to improve the handling, storage, use and disposal practices of ‘infrequent’ pesticide users, particularly those operating in the grassland and forage sectors. Pesticides (mainly weed killers) applied to grassland and forage crops are amongst those most frequently detected as pollutants of water; improving user practice will help to reduce the risk of these chemicals adversely affecting water quality.
  • The joint working group was proposed to the Pesticides Forum in meeting paper PF183. The group aims to identify the key messages relevant to the operators in the sector and recommend how to promote changes in practice, uptake of legal requirements and best practice measures.  
  • 2014 Report: The group reported their first year's work and recommendations to the Pesticides Forum on 18 June 2014 in paper PF188 and a powerpoint presentation.
Container Management Working Group (2009-2011)     
  • The Container Management Working Group was set up in 2009 to identify, document and promote expertise and best practice in relation to the design, storage and disposal of pesticide containers and packaging.
  • The 'On Farm' Situation  During 2005 and 2006 the waste control regulations became applicable to farms in the United Kingdom for the first time. From this date on-farm burning or burial of agricultural waste became an offence. The changes in the law meant that many previously recommended disposal routes, for example burning used pesticide containers in drum incinerators, were no longer permitted.
  • Progress and Recommendations  The Working Group considered the existing container design recommendations which were almost 20 years old. Noting that these offered no means of disposal beyond the (then) recommended norm of on-farm incineration, the group identified a need to consider aspects of container design and packaging which impacted on all other methods of disposal, including landfill or recycling.
  • Discussions involved all the Working Group members with contributions from other stakeholders. Issues raised, researched and discussed were: a) Use of foil seals, rinsing and disposal;  b) Container shape;  c) Labels, removal and disposal;  d) Polymer type used for containers;  e) Location of polymer type logo on the container; f) Promotion of best practice for rinsing; g) Training and advice.
  • The full report including recommendations was presented to the Pesticides Forum on 14 October 2010 as paper PF177.     
  • In June 2014, an industry presentation to the Pesticides Forum described how the recommendations had been taken forward.  One year later an Environmental Leadership award was made to BASF, the GWCT Allerton Project and the Pesticides Forum in recognition of their collaborative work on container re-design.  
Integrated Farm Management (IFM) and New Technologies Sub-Group  (1999 - 2005) 
  • The IFM and New Technologies Sub-Group was formed in 1999 and disbanded in 2005. It played a key role for the Pesticides Forum in the promotion of Integrated Crop Management (ICM) - an integral part of Integrated Farm Management (IFM).
Knowledge Transfer Project Group (1997 - 2005)