Dear visitor,

We hope you having been keeping safe during these unprecedented times.

In light of the ongoing situation, our highest priority is a safe and secure environment which is why we have introduced a new set of processes, as detailed below, to help ensure the best possible experience for everyone.

These measures are under constant review and we will update these where necessary to align with government guidelines.

  1. The Soils in Practice 2020 conference is set up to allow for 1m distancing when seated as well as one-way entry and exit systems to limit unnecessary contact. Please note, those within the same household are permitted to sit together. We kindly ask delegates to follow the one-way systems in place.
  2. Upon arrival, we ask for you to park 1 metre away from other cars as directed by our marshals. We ask for you to remain in your cars where we will conduct no contact temperature checks and ticket checks. This is to avoid queues inside the venue.
  3. Paper, pens, water, and all other stationary will be on desks prior to your arrival to avoid unnecessary cross contamination with other delegates.
  4. Alcohol hand gel, antibacterial wipes are available on site and the team will be doing enhanced cleaning of all communal areas to lessen the chance of germs spreading.
  5. Food and drink will still be available at the event. We will ask you to fill out your requirements on a menu card and refreshments will be brought to your table.
  6. Unless exempt, you will be required to wear your face mask for the full duration of the event.
  7. Toilets to be stocked with hand wash, single use hand towels, hand sanitsier and antibac. These will be routinely checked and serviced by staff to ensure cleaning standards.
  8. As a precautionary measure, delegates are advised not to smoke on the venue grounds and to avoid inhaling tobacco smoke and e-cigarette vapor emitted from other persons whilst at the event/entering the event. There will be a smoking area at the far end of the entrance.

What we ask from you:

  • If you are feeling unwell, have been advised by a medical professional to quarantine or deem to be in the ‘at risk’ category, we kindly ask you to refrain from attending this event.
  • Please ensure you bring a face covering and hand sanitsier to the event.
  • To allow for social distancing within the event, we had had to reduce the number of tickets available. Please do not attend the event if you do not have a confirmed ticket as we will have to turn you away.
  • Please abide by the rules and regulations as stated above to ensure a safe and enjoyable conference.

If you would like to discuss any of the elements outlined on this page or require further information, please contact our Operations Manager, Ruth Davis.

Soils in Practice 2020 agenda


09:00 Farmers Weekly introduction
08.45 ELMS
Public money for public goods. Soils as natural capital

  • Part 1: Soil as natural capital
    Improving soil health not only helps you farm more efficiently, but as a form of delivering an environmental and public good, can pay tenfold. What are the next steps? What will the connection between the Agriculture Bill and the Environment Bill mean for UK farmers? How can we prepare for standardised soil health measurements and benchmarks to lead regulation going forward?
  • Part 2: Measuring and improving soil carbon sequestration rates
    Practical tips for managing on-farm resources to increase soil carbon sequestration potential as a form of public good.
10.05 Introducing livestock in the arable rotation
Maximising your profits while improving soil health on your arable farm. Including livestock in the rotation can bring multiple advantages, including improving soil health and weed management. The aim is to increase the productivity of arable fields, particularly those identified as underperforming. By working with other farming enterprises, income streams can be diversified and the risks of production spread, leading to mutual benefits.
10:40 Practical sessions


12:35 Lunch
13:15 TBC
13:45 Cultivation

  • Part 1: Rotational diversity to improve soil fertility
  • Part 2: The vital importance of soil health when it comes to your drilling calendar. Need to drill but want to delay drilling or drill early? Soil conditions are critical and far more important than calendar date when it comes to drilling (especially on heavier ground). Can improving soil health help delay drilling when needed by applying soil management research to practice?
14.45 Soil health indicators

  • Soil chemistry, physics and biology
  • Soil health measurements, benchmarks and scorecard
  • How to reduce compaction without practising Controlled Traffic Farming?
  • What can your soil sample analysis teach you?
  • Using soil biology to decrease outputs
  • Increasing soil permeability to mitigate the effects of extreme weather
15.25 Closing remarks

*Agenda is subject to change