BASIS Points Available Webinar - 10th June - Soils: the heart of a sustainable system - 14:15 to 15:00

What are the best indicators of soil health?

  • Soil organic matter

    Votes: 1 12.5%
  • soil biology (fauna life)

    Votes: 5 62.5%
  • Compaction /erosion

    Votes: 0 0.0%
  • Visual soil assessment test

    Votes: 0 0.0%
  • Water retention / nutrient retention /crop yield

    Votes: 2 25.0%

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Chaired by Caroline Drummond, LEAF CEO

This session explores ways to improve soil health – key to creating a resilient economically and environmentally sustainable farming system
Clive Bailye @Clive , TWB Farms, Staffordshire, was the inaugural Soil Farmer of the Year in 2016, and discusses how he is using cover cropping, zero tillage and rotational diversity to improve soil fertility.
•Tom Chapman, Innovation4Agriculture, reviews the soil health benefits and practicalities of introducing animals into an arable system
•Julian Gold is putting controlled traffic farming and minimal tillage at the heart of his strategy to prioritise soil health on his 750ha arable business.
•Sam Walker shares his organic farming best practice to improve soil health on his organic beef and arable farmer at Stantyway Farm, Offerton.



Caroline Drummond MBE, Hon DSc, NSch

Caroline Drummond MBE, Hon DSc, NSch, Chief Executive - LEAF (Linking Environment And Farming)

Julian Gold

Julian Gold, Farm Manager, Hendred Estate, Oxfordshire

Sam Walker

Sam Walker, Tenant farmer

Tom Chapman

Tom Chapman - Innovation4Agriculture

NI agri-food stakeholder groups discuss climate change bill with committee

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Written by Richard Halleron from Agriland

The Livestock and Meat Commission (LMC) recently submitted oral evidence to members of the Stormont Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs (AERA) committee on the content and potential impact of the Northern Ireland Climate Change Bill (No.2).

This draft legislation was recently introduced to the Northern Ireland Assembly by the Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs (DAERA) in conjunction with agriculture minister, Edwin Poots.

“We were accompanied by representatives from a wide range of food industry bodies, including the Northern Ireland Meat Exporters’ Association,the Ulster Farmers’ Union [UFU], Northern...