Agroecology: putting Conservation Agriculture into practice

Maximise profit, not mitigate losses

Lordington Park Agronomy, led by agroecologist Jonathan Holmes, is hosting a one-day training day on how to change farming practices to conservation agriculture and maximise gross margin. This is the first in a series of training days, to include farm visits. 

Jonathan Holmes is a BASIS approved trainer.  NRoSO and BASIS points points are available at this workshop.

Speakers will also include Precision Decisions, the farming service provider with vast agronomic and practical experience, and Sumo UK, the leading manufacturer of innovative agricultural machinery for cultivation, seed drilling, strip-tillage and zero-till establishments.

Topics covered on the day:

  • How soils function
  • The benefits of Albrecht soil analysis
  • Plant and soil interaction: reduce input costs & increase profit
  • Case studies of problem soils
  • Introduction to carbon capture sequestration

WHEN: Thursday 13 February 2020, 9:30am to 4pm


WHERE: The Kilnwick Percy Resort & Golf Club in Pocklington

  • Bacon roll on arrival
  • Finger buffet lunch
  • Biscuits & pastries in the afternoon
  • Coffee & tea 

Discounted accommodation is available to attendees.

The Kilnwick Percy Resort & Golf Club offers log cabin style holiday lodges and spacious hotel room hire options in peaceful surroundings in the Yorkshire Wolds.


Tickets £35


Jonathan Holmes

Jonathan Holmes


Jonathan is an independent agronomist and university lecturer in agriculture, including teaching BASIS & FACTS. A leading specialist in equine, deer and agricultural grassland management, Jonathan utilises the Albrecht model of soil balancing to develop sward management plans that are specific to both the environment and the wellbeing of animals. His interests focus on establishing sustainable and profitable farming environments for arable and grassland farmers that also contribute to the reduction of atmospheric CO2. Current projects involve assessing the environmental and financial benefits of root colonisation with Arbuscular Mycorrhizal Fungi.
Clive Blacker

Clive Blacker

Director, Precision Decisions

Clive is one of the pioneers of precision farming technology in the UK – involved with precision agriculture for more than 21 years. After using the technologies on his home farm in 1998, he now provides technologies, solutions and data insight to farmers and agribusiness wanting to get more from their soil, equipment and data. He is Director of Precision Decisions Ltd and Business development manager for Map of Agriculture, which provided comprehensive precision farming and data services. Clive also provides consulting services to the world’s largest agri-engineering companies and the UK Department of International Trade.
Mark Curtis

Mark Curtis

Sales Director, SUMO

Mark Curtis has worked in Agriculture for 23 years. After studying Agricultural Engineering at Bishop Burton College he worked across, Workshop, Demo, Parts and Sales Departments before running his own farm machinery dealership. Mark how holds the Sales Director position at Sumo and his vast knowledge of agricultural machinery is paramount to Sumo’s success. Sumo is the leading British designer and manufacturer of cultivation and seeding equipment, developing innovative and durable machinery.