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Wednesday, March 11, 2020

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BASIS Soil and Water Management

BASIS Soil and Water Management

Event date: 
Wednesday, March 4, 2020 - 09:00 to Thursday, March 12, 2020 - 18:00

Dates & Venue Information

BASIS Soil & Water Training: Wednesday 4th  /  Thursday 5th  /  Wednesday 11th /  Thursday 12th March 2020Written and viva exam: Thursday 26th March 2020

BASIS Soil & Water Content & Suitability

Our course covers the importance of soil organic matter and soil structure plus the legal requirements for the protection of soil and the maintenance of soil health.

Methods are explored which prevent wind / water erosion and minimise diffuse water pollution

The mechanics, economics and environmental aspects of cultivation will be examined as will the role of plant nutrients.

Training also covers the safe and legal application of farm manures and other organic manures to land.

Sessions are a mix of presentations, interactive quizzes, practical sessions and exercises.

The BASIS syllabus includes:

  • Soil protection and soil health
  • Prevention of water and wind erosion
  • Mechanics, economics and environmental aspects of cultivation
  • Texture and structure of soil
  • Soil organic matter
  • Soil water properties
  • Drainage and irrigation
  • Plant macro/micronutrients and fertiliser planning
  • Manures and soil organic inputs to enhance crop growth and their effects on diffuse pollution

Designed for those who wish to achieve their BASIS Certificate in Soil and Water Management. Also suitable for advisers, farmers and farm managers who wish to improve their knowledge.

The course attracts 25 CPD points for the BASIS Professional Register.


COST: £748 (+ VAT) + £293 exam fee.   Total = £1,041 + VAT (includes course materials, lunch and refreshments throughout).

There is a 1% training fee discount per person when booking 2+ places (for groups of 5 or more contact the office for discount information)

Candidates will need to provide their own copy of RB209 (AHDB version), Code of Good Agricultural Practice and NVZ Guidelines.  The course fee above does not include your ‘Think Soils’ manual which will be charged separately if you do not already have a copy.


LOCATION: J36 Rural Auction Centre, Crooklands, Milnthorpe, Cumbria, LA7 7FP


How do I book? 

Complete the booking form below to pay online or alternatively email [email protected] for a registration form. This can be found online at:

*If using the online booking system – due to it’s set-up we’ve reduced the exam fee to ensure the final total is correct as it will pull through with VAT added.  Your SAC Commercial invoice/receipt which follows within a few days will have the accurate breakdown of VAT incurred upon payment*

*Remember to select both your training and your exam upon booking*


FAO- Global Symposium on Soil Biodiversity

FAO- Global Symposium on Soil Biodiversity

Event date: 
Tuesday, March 10, 2020 - 09:00 to Thursday, March 12, 2020 - 17:00

The Global Symposium on Soil Biodiversity (GSOBI20), ‘Keep soil alive, protect soil biodiversity’ will be a science-policy meeting, held over three days, from 10-12 March, at the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) headquarters in Rome, Italy. Jointly organized by the UN FAO and its Global Soil Partnership (GSP), the Intergovernmental Technical Panel on Soils (ITPS), together with the UN Convention on Biological Diversity (UNCBD) and the Global Soil Biodiversity Initiative (GSBI).

The main objective is to fill some critical knowledge gaps and promote discussion among policy makers, food producers, scientists, practitioners and other stakeholders on solutions to live in harmony with nature, and ultimately, achieve the SDGs through the conservation and sustainable use of soil biodiversity.

Specifically, the objectives of this symposium are to:

  1. Examine the current scientific, technical, indigenous and traditional knowledge on the role of soil biodiversity on food production, human health and on sustaining biodiversity aboveground;

  2. Identify knowledge gaps and explore opportunities for collaborative research, capacity building and technical cooperation;

  3. Identify limitations and opportunities to promote the sustainable use of soil biodiversity, knowledge sharing and capacity building;

  4. Present effective and replicable methodologies, techniques, technologies and practices that promote sustainability, with a view to upscale those sustainable approaches to promote soil biodiversity conservation, the sustainable use of its resources and equitable participation in productive landscapes; 

  5. Identify policy options to protect soil biodiversity and encourage the adoption of practices that enhance it;

  6. Present national, regional and global initiatives that support the effective design, planning, implementation, monitoring and reporting solutions and their contribution to the achievement of the SDGs.

Expected output

The symposium outcome document “Keep soil alive, protect soil biodiversity” will highlight the importance of soil biodiversity not only for food production, but for enhancing the benefits to all and in various ways and at multiple scales, including biodiversity-based solutions for global challenges, human well-being, health and nutritional food and new medicinal discoveries, including the discovery of new antibiotics.

COST: £?

LOCATION: UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) headquarters in Rome, Italy

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