Annual winter conference to look at managing soil


This year’s annual winter conference organised by Harper Adams Soil & Water Management Centre takes place on 14 November 2018 at Thors Farm Conference Centre, Stebing, Dunmow Essex.

There is an early bird registration cost of £40 available if you register before midnight on 14thOctober 2018 and BASIS and NRoSO points will be available for this conference.

Starting at 08.30 the conference kicks off with Sarah Baker of AHDB.  Sarah will look at where Brexit discussions have got to and what this will mean for UK farming and farmers. With an Agriculture Bill passing through parliament that sets out the framework for a future domestic agricultural policy, what are the priorities for ensuring we have a thriving domestic farming sector post Brexit?

Following Sarah will be Lizzie Sagoo of ADAS who will talk about soil structural conditions in horticulture systems.  Lizzie will describe the outcome of an AHDB project that looked at the structural condition of horticultural soils before and after planting and how the data have been used to establish baseline information on typical soil management practices.

Richard Cooper of the University of East Anglia and Lucy Crockford, Harper Adams University will present about the possibility of reducing diffuse pollution whilst maintaining a sustainable farming business?

Paul Lewis of Harper Adams University will look at cover crops.  Have too many cover crops been sold and/or planted inappropriately. Do they really have a place in UK farming? Paul will reveal the science that will help you decide.

After lunch there is a series of Farmer Case studies.  This will be followed by Richard Reynolds of

Anglian Water who will discuss the projects being run by the regional water company to help farmers address diffuse pollution issues will be described with case studies being presented as examples.

More information and online registration: Soil&Water2018

Any questions please contact Carl Flint –

or Tim Chamen at


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