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Understanding Soil Health on Horticulture Operations

Understanding Soil Health on Horticulture Operations

Event date: 
Saturday, February 1, 2020 - 09:30 to 16:30

by Niels Corfield Courses & Workshops

ROOTS MAKE SOIL: 

A one-day course on the principles of soil health, using problem-based learning.

Learn what the soil health principles are, where they are gleaned from and how their application improves- and creates soil crumb structure.

Living Roots - Covered Soil - Minimal Disturbance - Diversity

The soil health principles work. From large farms to market gardens, when implemented doggedly they bring real results: better soil structure, healthier crops and more consistent yields. What's more, the growers that have most rigorously applied these principles have the more profitable operations today.

Topics/Structure

- Regenerative Agriculture – The Broader Context

- Empirical case for good soil management

- Defining soil health

- Soil Health Principles

- Evidencing soil health

- Aggregation and crumb structure

- Nutrient Cycling

- One Key Insight

 

Soil Health Principles will also be examined and are divided into 7 sections and discussion will follow regrading the best practice management solutions

 

Course Schedule

• Morning – theory & first principles

• Lunch – packed lunch

• Afternoon – site tour, soils testing demo, further learning

 

COST:  £35-£110

 

LOCATION: 

Meanwood Valley Urban Farm

Sugar Well Road

Leeds

LS7 2QG

 

More information and tickets can be bought at eventbright.

01/02/2020 - 09:30 to 16:30
 
 
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Understanding Soil Health on Horticulture Operations

Understanding Soil Health on Horticulture Operations

Event date: 
Tuesday, February 4, 2020 - 09:30 to 16:30

by Niels Corfield Courses & Workshops

 

ROOTS MAKE SOIL: 

A one-day course on the principles of soil health, using problem-based learning.

Learn what the soil health principles are, where they are gleaned from and how their application improves- and creates soil crumb structure.

Living Roots - Covered Soil - Minimal Disturbance - Diversity

The soil health principles work. From large farms to market gardens, when implemented doggedly they bring real results: better soil structure, healthier crops and more consistent yields. What's more, the growers that have most rigorously applied these principles have the more profitable operations today.

Topics/Structure

- Regenerative Agriculture – The Broader Context

- Empirical case for good soil management

- Defining soil health

- Soil Health Principles

- Evidencing soil health

- Aggregation and crumb structure

- Nutrient Cycling

- One Key Insight

 

Soil Health Principles will also be examined and are divided into 7 sections and discussion will follow regrading the best practice management solutions

 

Course Schedule

• Morning – theory & first principles

• Lunch – packed lunch

• Afternoon – site tour, soils testing demo, further learning

 

COST:  £35-£110

 

LOCATION: 

Caerbryn

Llandybïe

Ammanford

SA18

 

More information and tickets can be bought at eventbright

04/02/2020 - 09:30 to 16:30
 
 
 
Soil Health & Regenerative Agriculture For Livestock Farms

Soil Health & Regenerative Agriculture For Livestock Farms

Event date: 
Friday, February 7, 2020 - 09:30 to 16:00

An introduction - Niels Corfield courses and workshops

 

Soil Health - Pasture Health - Whole Farm Planning 

• Ever wanted to know what it is that makes grass grow rapidly and in drought?

• Want to know how to convert consolidated soil into friable top soil that doesn’t saturate?

• Like to know how to create the most beneficial environment for stock on your farm?

 

On this course, lead by Niels Corfield, you will:

• Learn the whys and wherefores of regenerative agriculture and whole-farm health on grazed operations, and

• Be introduced to new ways of thinking about the "farming problem" and new ways to monitor your farm.

 

Objectives

• Improving soil health / pasture health

• Improving drainage and water holding on your land

• Growing more and better forage

• Reducing reliance on external inputs or contractor services

• Identifying opportunities for out-wintering & season extension

• Getting feedback on-farm: monitoring & data, on-farm trials

 

Topics

• Understanding soil health: soil health principles for graziers

• Learning to read your soil and pasture

• Principles of grazing management

• Grazing management systems: mob grazing & planned grazing

• Time-saving strategies for management of land & livestock

• Overseeding existing pasture & establishing new covers

• Monitoring & data gathering

 

Who is this Training Suitable for?

• Farmers

• Graziers, herdsmen & shepherds

• Landowners

• Farm & estate managers

• New entrants

• Ecologists & advisors

 

Tools & Technology

• Field Margin app - https://www.fieldmargin.com/

• Sectormentor for Soil app - https://soils.sectormentor.com/

 

What to Bring

• Packed Lunch

• Notebook, pens etc

• Camera/smartphone (optional)

• Boots & clothing for farm walk

• Farm maps (optional)

 

COST:  £54.49 – £113.78 

 

LOCATION: Stonegate Village Hall

Forge Field

Stonegate

TN5 7ED

More information and tickets can be purachased at: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/soil-health-regenerative-agriculture-for-livestock-farms-introduction-tickets-86684418429

07/02/2020 - 09:30 to 16:00
 
 
 
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Soil Health & Regenerative Agriculture For Livestock Farms

Soil Health & Regenerative Agriculture For Livestock Farms

Event date: 
Friday, February 14, 2020 - 09:30 to 16:00

An introduction - Niels Corfield courses and workshops

Soil Health - Pasture Health - Whole Farm Planning 

• Ever wanted to know what it is that makes grass grow rapidly and in drought?

• Want to know how to convert consolidated soil into friable top soil that doesn’t saturate?

• Like to know how to create the most beneficial environment for stock on your farm?

 

On this course, lead by Niels Corfield, you will:

• Learn the whys and wherefores of regenerative agriculture and whole-farm health on grazed operations, and

• Be introduced to new ways of thinking about the "farming problem" and new ways to monitor your farm.

 

Objectives

• Improving soil health / pasture health

• Improving drainage and water holding on your land

• Growing more and better forage

• Reducing reliance on external inputs or contractor services

• Identifying opportunities for out-wintering & season extension

• Getting feedback on-farm: monitoring & data, on-farm trials

 

Topics

• Understanding soil health: soil health principles for graziers

• Learning to read your soil and pasture

• Principles of grazing management

• Grazing management systems: mob grazing & planned grazing

• Time-saving strategies for management of land & livestock

• Overseeding existing pasture & establishing new covers

• Monitoring & data gathering

 

Who is this Training Suitable for?

• Farmers

• Graziers, herdsmen & shepherds

• Landowners

• Farm & estate managers

• New entrants

• Ecologists & advisors

 

Tools & Technology

• Field Margin app - https://www.fieldmargin.com/

• Sectormentor for Soil app - https://soils.sectormentor.com/

 

What to Bring

• Packed Lunch

• Notebook, pens etc

• Camera/smartphone (optional)

• Boots & clothing for farm walk

• Farm maps (optional)

 

COST:  £49.10 – £113.78

 

LOCATION: 

Luckington Village Hall

15 Hollis Gardens

Chippenham

SN14 6PZ

 

More information and tickets can be purachased at: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/soil-health-regenerative-agriculture-for-livestock-farms-introduction-tickets-86793970101

14/02/2020 - 09:30 to 16:00
 
 
 
Lincolnshire Farming Conference workshop - Healthy soils, healthy crops and healthy water

Lincolnshire Farming Conference workshop - Healthy soils, healthy crops and healthy water

Event date: 
Tuesday, February 11, 2020 - 11:00 to 12:00

by Lincolnshire Showground

Healthy soils, healthy crops, healthy water

About this Event

A key date in the annual farming calendar, the Lincolnshire Farming Conference features talks from a number of captivating speakers, case studies and one to one sessions with industry experts.

At this event, the University of Lincoln and Anglian Water will be offering a workshop session titled 'Healthy soils, healthy crops, healthy water.'

It all kicks off at 11am, where delegates can meet local businesses in the exhibition area and take part in one of our workshop sessions. Whether you're interested in 'The future of a farming family' or 'Healthy soils, healthy crops, healthy water', book in advance to secure your place.

Enjoy networking over a delicious lunch at 12pm, followed by the start of the conference at 1pm.

 

Agenda

11am: Exhibition opens and workshop sessions begin

The future of a farming family - what steps to take next Wilkin Chapman, Brown & Co and HSBC

Healthy soils, healthy crops, healthy water University of Lincoln and Anglian Water

1pm: Welcome Simon Day, Chairman

1.15pm: What does the 4th agricultural revolution mean for your farm? Sam Watson Jones - Small Robot Company

1.45pm: Future Lincolnshire farming systems Professor Simon Pearson - University of Lincoln

2.15pm: Michael Horsch - HORSCH Maschinen GmbH

2.45pm: Break

3.15pm: Farming insects for food Adam Banks - Nuffield Scholar

3.45pm: Young people working in agriculture in Lincolnshire Alec McNulty - British Sugar, Rosie Fox - ADM Agriculture, Ross Davenport - Cote Hill Cheese

4.15pm: Farming beyond Brexit Stuart Roberts - NFU Vice President

 

COST: Tickets are priced at £15 for adults and £6 for students. This is event is free to attend for Members of the Lincolnshire Agricultural Society.

 

LOCATION: 

Epic Centre, Lincolnshire Showground

Grange-de-Lings

Lincoln

LN2 2NA

 

For more inofrmation and to purchase tickets follow: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/lincolnshire-farming-conference-tickets-81716978683

11/02/2020 - 11:00 to 12:00
 
 
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Understanding Soil Health In Horticulture Systems: Pt 1

Understanding Soil Health In Horticulture Systems: Pt 1

Event date: 
Monday, February 24, 2020 - 09:30 to 16:30

 

by Niels Corfield Courses & Workshops

ROOTS MAKE SOIL: 

A one-day course on the principles of soil health, using problem-based learning.

Learn what the soil health principles are, where they are gleaned from and how their application improves- and creates soil crumb structure.

Living Roots - Covered Soil - Minimal Disturbance - Diversity

The soil health principles work. From large farms to market gardens, when implemented doggedly they bring real results: better soil structure, healthier crops and more consistent yields. What's more, the growers that have most rigorously applied these principles have the more profitable operations today.

Topics/Structure

- Regenerative Agriculture – The Broader Context

- Empirical case for good soil management

- Defining soil health

- Soil Health Principles

- Evidencing soil health

- Aggregation and crumb structure

- Nutrient Cycling

- One Key Insight

 

Soil Health Principles will also be examined and are divided into 7 sections and discussion will follow regrading the best practice management solutions

 

Course Schedule

• Morning – theory & first principles

• Lunch – packed lunch

• Afternoon – site tour, soils testing demo, further learning

 

COST:  £35-£110

 

LOCATION: 

Feed Bristol

181 Frenchay Park Road,

Bristol

BS16 1HB 

 

More information and tickets can be bought at eventbright.

24/02/2020 - 09:30 to 16:30
 
Farming Without Barriers
 
 
Regenerative Agriculture For Livestock Farms -Pt 2

Regenerative Agriculture For Livestock Farms -Pt 2

Event date: 
Friday, February 28, 2020 - 09:30 to 16:00

PART 2 - PLANNING

by Niels Corfield Courses & Workshops

Following-on from the Part 1: Soil Health & RegenAg Intro, this one day course will give you the skills and knowledge to:

• Implement the soil- and pasture health principles on your farm

• Design a farm layout that facilitates your management goals

• Create a grazing plan to maximise potential of forage resources, and minimise work

 

Objectives

• Learn the principles of whole farm planning

• Understand criteria for selecting appropriate equipment & infrastructure

• Minimise capital expenditure by selecting flexible infrastructure

• Save time and faciltitate adaptive pasture management

• Design farm layouts & permanent infrastructure, trees, fences, water etc.

 

Topics

Whole Farm Planning

• Hedge management for function & biodiversity

• Trees on farm & agroforestry

• Surface water capture & redistribution

• Water - infrastructure & layout

• Fencing – temporary/permanent

• Access - tracks, gates etc

• Yards & materials handling

• Nutrient/manure management - composting, deep bedding etc

• Monitoring & data gathering

• Trials & feedback - exclusion cages, split-field treatments etc

Grazing Planning

• Grazing charts and plans

• Calculating live weight & group numbers

• Herd management schedule

• Forage budgeting

 

Who is this Training Suitable for?

• Those that have completed course Part 1 – Soil Health & RegenAg Intro

 

Course Essentials

• Farm maps (Field Margin, Google Earth or hard copy)

• Up-to-date list of field name and sizes

• Livestock numbers, ageclass or liveweights

• Grazing diary (optional)

• List of key dates: prescriptions, testing etc (as comprehensive as poss)

• Laptop/tablet (optional)

What to Bring

• Packed Lunch

• Notebook, pens etc

• Camera/smartphone (optional)

• Boots & clothing for farm walk

 

Tools & Technology

• Field Margin app - https://www.fieldmargin.com/

• Sectormentor for Soil app - https://soils.sectormentor.com/

 

COST:  £65.27 – £124.56

 

LOCATION:

Stonegate Village Hall

Forge Field

Stonegate

TN5 7ED

 

For more inofrmation and to purchase tickets follow: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/regenerative-agriculture-for-livestock-farms-part-2-planning-tickets-87961193297

28/02/2020 - 09:30 to 16:00
 
 
 
Everything is Connected - BBIA annual conference

Everything is Connected - BBIA annual conference

Event date: 
Tuesday, February 25, 2020 - 09:30 to 16:00

by The Bio-based and Biodegradable Industries Association

Over 14 months have passed since the government issued its roadmap to reforming the resources and waste sectors. The first consultations concluded in May 2019 with responses from the government in July 2019, whilst the consultation on Biodegradability Standards closed in October. A second round of consultations on EPR, DRS, collections and the Plastic Tax, is expected in 2020 (and may even have been announced by the time we meet here).

Meanwhile, Parliament unanimously agreed to a binding net carbon zero target for 2050 and a new government has been elected with a resounding mandate to govern for the next five years. The big questions are: how much alignment will there continue to be with EU policy on the environment and will the policy frameworks outlined in the Resources and Waste Strategy be confirmed?

Throughout this day together we try to understand the certainties and the uncertainties we all face in coming to conclusions on these issues regarding waste, packaging, consumer behaviour, bioeconomy and circular economy – issues which will shape investments, employment, technologies and services over the next 15 to 20 years.

The day will be organised with a mixture of keynote presentations on the wider issues followed by Q&A sessions, to expert panels on the specifics.

Public sector bodies and BBIA members will be able to send one representative free of charge. For all others, the cost will be £65 (inclusive of VAT). Refreshments will be served over the course of the meeting.

COST: £0 – £65

 

LOCATION: 

Regent’s University London

Inner Circle, Regent’s Park

London

NW1 4NS

 

More information and tickets can be bought here 

25/02/2020 - 09:30 to 16:00
 
Benefits Of Cover Crops In Arable Farming

Benefits Of Cover Crops In Arable Farming

Event date: 
Tuesday, February 25, 2020 - 09:30 to 17:30

LEAF and ARTIS training

The Artis train­ing cours­es run­ning in co-ordi­na­tion with LEAF through­out Feb­ru­ary will offer great insight for farm­ers look­ing to achieve best prac­tice on-farm by focus­ing on the tech­ni­cal knowl­edge, skills and com­pe­ten­cies to con­sid­er the ben­e­fits of cov­er crops in arable farm­ing in a com­pre­hen­sive train­ing session.

The courses are developed and taught by the best independent experts from across the industry, giving you a direct line to the latest research and knowledge in a format which allows you to deploy it in your own farming business. This course is being run in partnership with LEAF and is aimed at individuals who are already growing cover crops or would like to include cover crops in the rotation. This course has been developed specifically for using cover crops in an arable rotation.

Trainer: Nathan Morris, Farming Systems and Soils Specialist, NIAB

 

COST: £225 + VAT (15% discount for LEAF members – making course £191.25 + VAT)

 

LOCATION:

College Farm,

Russell Smith Farms,

Grange Road,

Duxford,

Cambridge,

CB22 4QF

For more information on the event and to buy tickets: Click here

25/02/2020 - 09:30 to 17:30
 
 
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