BASE-UK is an independent, nationwide, farmer-led knowledge exchange organisation, encouraging members to make agriculture more sustainable by using conversation systems – no-till; cover cropping; integrating livestock; diversifying rotations; using less invasive, cost-effective establishments.  Growing Confidence for a Decade!

7th and 8th February 2023 – 10th Anniversary AGM Conference – A Decade of “Growing Confidence!”.  What a fantastic turnout we had – of speakers and members!  Frederic Thomas opened with a short history of BASE, followed by his view of the future of farming, and how we are best placed to help.  A hard act to follow but this didn’t faze Vicky Robinson discussing the findings of her Nuffield Scholarship on Farmer-to-Farmer knowledge exchange.  Duncan Wilson, Tom Storr and Elizabeth Stockdale took proceedings up to lunch after which Becky Willson kept everyone energised with her presentation on the work of FCCT.  Alastair Leake provided interesting findings from the Allerton Project and Shaun Dowman discussed other sources of income.  The day closed with motivational speaker David Hyner. 

Wednesday opened with AGM business followed swiftly by a fascinating presentation from Frederic Thomas on carbon, nitrogen, and soil life.  Steve Townsend and James Warne then discussed soil chemistry and the importance of the correct balance and nutrition for disease and pest proof crops, respectively.  Lance Charity opened after lunch with an insight into his journey as a young farmer and then joined the farmer panel alongside Duncan, Tom, and Frederic.  Joel Williams followed with his presentation on growing together and the day closed with Anna Jackson’s energetic talk on working with her father.  They haven’t killed each other yet!  These presentations were recorded and will be available to members via their profile on the website.

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