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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


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.


- 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



Feed Bristol

181 Frenchay Park Road,


BS16 1HB 


More information and tickets can be bought at eventbright.

24/02/2020 - 09:30 to 16:30
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



Regent’s University London

Inner Circle, Regent’s Park




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)



College Farm,

Russell Smith Farms,

Grange Road,



CB22 4QF

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

25/02/2020 - 09:30 to 17:30
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


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



• 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.



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 -

• Sectormentor for Soil app -


COST:  £65.27 – £124.56



Stonegate Village Hall

Forge Field




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28/02/2020 - 09:30 to 16:00
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