Senior Plant Health Adviser, NFU
Emma Hamer is the Senior Plant Health adviser at the NFU, advising members on plant health and crop protection issues. She also contributes to the work of the Voluntary Initiative and the National Register of Sprayer Operators. Her role involves working closely with NFU members, research institutes, agrochemical companies, and regulators both in the UK and Brussels to lobby for risk-based regulation to ensure farmers have access to the actives they need to grow their crops effectively. Areas which are of particular relevance to Emma are keeping actives available for UK growers, resistance management and encouraging uptake of stewardship to enable the safe, sustainable use of plant protection products. She is a member of the BASIS professional register. Previous roles include working in agriculture; in the plant breeding industry and as a Plant Health and Seeds Inspector at Defra. She also has a small beef and arable farm in North Oxfordshire which she runs with her husband and family.