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    Jim Bullock
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    BASE - UK

    I know I am going to get into trouble for posting this thread but what the hell..!!!

    INDEPENDENT MEMBERS GROUP TO SHARE
    BEST CONSERVATION AGRICULTURE PRACTICE


    A group of arable farmers and specialists committed to more sustainable and resilient production systems and frustrated by the continued lack of independent information, advice and support are forming a specialist members’ organisation to share ideas, techniques and experiences for mutual benefit.

    Biodiversity, Agriculture, Soil and Environment (BASE) UK has been developed to parallel the innovative and influential association established ten years ago by conservation agriculture enthusiasts in Brittany and now with over 1000 members across France
    .


    Although organisationally independent of BASE, active links to the parent association and its inspirational leader, Frederic Thomas give the UK group access to a wealth of valuable extra minimum tillage, direct drilling, cover cropping and other conservation farming expertise and experience to complement that of its own members.


    “Many of us keen to improve the sustainability and resilience of our conventional farming systems by working greater harmony with soils and wider environment have become increasingly frustrated by the lack of an effective independent forum for sharing and developing our ideas and techniques,” stressed long-time conservation tillage advocate, Jim Bullock from Malvern – one of the farmers behind the initiative.


    “These days it’s almost impossible to find up-to-date information and guidance on the modern
    tillage and other approaches we believe are essential for more sustainable farming that doesn’t have a commercial interest behind it. The Soil Management Initiative made a valiant attempt to bridge this gap for a while until its funding dried up. And despite the enthusiasm of those of us who originally set it up, the No Till Alliance has failed to get off the ground in a sustainable way.

    “That’s why we felt an organisation allied to the thriving French Association would be the best way ahead, providing members with valuable practical experience and advice from the start;
    a self-funded and properly-organised group open to anyone with an interest in conservation agriculture in its widest sense and without any commercial involvement or influence.




    “We don’t need our group to be big,” he insisted. “At least, to start with we’d like it to be relatively small for the greatest flexibility and individual member involvement and value. What we really need are members who share our interest to the whole ‘more from less’ approach; our desire to improve current practice; our willingness to share information and experience with others; and, our strict commitment to parking any commercial interests firmly at the door.”

    Leading independent tillage adviser, Steve Townsend has agreed to provide professional administration for BASE (UK) from his offices near Gloucester. He explains that the group which will be established with agreed Articles of Association to guide its democratic organisation and development will be holding its inaugural meeting in mid-November.

    “We envisage running two or three subject-focused days a year initially, together with an annual conference which will also serve as the group’s AGM,” he said. “Frederic Thomas will be giving us the benefit of some of his most relevant BASE experience at our November meeting, which will also give a chance to discuss our draft Articles and group development. We then plan to hold the first annual conference and AGM next February so we can move ahead rapidly to agree the Articles, elect officers and develop our initial activity programme.

    “Our meetings will be strictly members only, with an initial annual fee of £120 + VAT per head to cover expert speaker and organisation costs. For founder members this will extend for the first 18 months so everyone has the benefit of a full year of activity. Any farmer, agronomist or adviser interested in joining us should contact me at Soil First Farming on 01452 862696 for ful
    l details.”


    BASE (BIODIVERSITY, AGRICULTURE, SOIL AND ENVIRONMENT) UK


    ARTICLES OF ASSOCIATION



    Background

    Originally founded in 2000 as the Brittany, Agriculture, Soil and Environment Association, BASE has developed from a small group of enthusiastic growers and agronomists into a 1200-plus member organisation with over 21 linked groups across France.

    Independent of all businesses or organisations, BASE provides a forum for members to share information, experience and ideas on minimum tillage, direct drilling, cover cropping and other techniques offering more sustainable agriculture by working in harmony with soils and the wider environment.

    Keen to achieve a similar sharing of locally-focused expertise, a number of UK farmers and specialists have come together to establish a parallel UK group committed to the same principles.



    Name


    The Association is called Biodiversity, Agriculture, Soil and Environment (UK) abbreviated, for convenience, to BASE (UK).


    Aims and Objectives


    The Association aims to champion all practical approaches, techniques and opportunities offering to improve the economic and environmental sustainability and resilience of UK farming, particularly through tillage and cropping systems generally associated with soil conservation and conservation agriculture.

    Its primary objectives are to:


    · Facilitate the exchange of more sustainable and resilient farming practice information, ideas and techniques between members;
    · Help members to improve the sustainability and resilience of their own farming through better training and information;
    · Promote more sustainable and resilient farming as widely as possible across the farming industry; and,
    · Support or develop studies or trials which increase the understanding of more sustainable
    and resilient farming.






    Independence

    In all its organisation and activities, the Association remains completely independent of all companies, businesses, associations and interest groups.

    With the agreement of its members, however, it may collaborate with such organisations in pursuit of its aims.

    The Association maintains close links with BASE in France to take maximum advantage of its established contacts and expertise.



    Membership

    Membership of the Association is open to all within the UK committed to its aims and prepared to share their knowledge and experience freely with other group members.

    Membership is restricted to individuals. While they may belong to businesses or organisations, no corporations, associations or other entities will be entitled to join in their own right.

    Members at any time are those who have paid the agreed annual subscription by the due date.


    Meetings

    All Members are invited to attend and vote at a General Meeting of the Association held annually to elect a Board of Directors, appoint any officers, consider a report of activities, formally adopt the accounts and transact any other business that may be required for its smooth running and development.

    Members may be convened for an Extraordinary General Meeting at the request of the Chair or by two thirds of the paid-up Members in writing.

    At all meetings each member has a single vote and decisions are made by a simple majority, with the Chair having a casting vote in the event of any failure to agree.



    Board of Directors


    The Association is run by a Board of Directors elected from Members at its Annual General Meeting.

    Comprising a minimum of five – including Chair, Secretary and Treasurer – the Board of Directors is responsible for all activities, administration and finances through a dedicated bank account into which all membership fees are paid and from which all disbursement s are made.

    Board Members are authorised to represent the Association in public and on other groups with which it may become involved, being accountable to the Members through the AGM for all their actions in these capacities.

    All decisions of the Board of Directors are by a simple majority, with the Chair have a casting vote in the event of any failure to agree.


    Secretariat


    Subject to the annual agreement of the Board of Directors, all administrative and accounting support is provided through the Soil First Farming Company at Yew Tree Cottage, Crickley Hill, Gloucester GL3 4UQ which form the registered offices of the Association.

    Dedicated accounts are prepared for the Board of Directors by the secretariat – which undertakes to act completely free from any commercial influence – on a calendar year basis for annual adoption by the Members at the AGM.



    Committees

    The Board of Directors may, from time to time, establish any Committees or Task Groups it considers necessary for the efficient functioning of the Association, co-opting willing Members to serve on these, as required.



    Income and Expenditure


    Membership fees – agreed annually by members at the AGM – and the takings from events provide the main income of the Association. It may also receive subsidies from European, state, regional or local government and donations from individuals or organisations.

    The Association is entitled to make payments relating to expenditure, works, studies and analyses undertaken to meet its objectives as well as such payments as necessary for its functioning and any allowances and expenses agreed by the Board of Directors.


    Dissolution
    The Association may be dissolved at any time by decision of the Board of Directors or by a resolution in writing supported by two thirds of paid-up Members.

    In the case of dissolution, any funds remaining after all financial responsibilities have been discharged will be divided equally between paid-up Members at the time.




  2. #2
    Kentish_Andy
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    Re: BASE - UK

    I was wondering why it had not been announced on here beforehand. Looking forward to emulating then overtaking BASE France!! Might take a while

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    martian
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    I'm perhaps being a bit thick...but why will you get into trouble? Squelching around the farm last week, I was thinking to myself how sad that there is no independent organisation giving this kind of service (apart from BFF) and now there is one. Hallelujah!

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    FarmerDan
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    Quote Originally Posted by martian View Post
    I'm perhaps being a bit thick...but why will you get into trouble? Squelching around the farm last week, I was thinking to myself how sad that there is no independent organisation giving this kind of service (apart from BFF) and now there is one. Hallelujah!
    +1

    PS The membership fee cheque would need to be for £144 (£120 + £24 VAT) I think. Just thought I'd mention it in case the membership form was wrong...?

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    155tm
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    Good idea!

    http://asso-base.fr/spip.php?page=sommaire

    This is the French version, google translate can only do so much when trying to understand the huge wealth of experience available on the other side of the channel.


    What is the BASE France relationship, if any to this site?

    http://agriculture-de-conservation.c...?page=sommaire

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    The ruminant
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    Quote Originally Posted by FarmerDan View Post
    +1

    PS The membership fee cheque would need to be for £144 (£120 + £24 VAT) I think. Just thought I'd mention it in case the membership form was wrong...?
    Only if registered for VAT... and only need to register for VAT if turnover exceeds £77,000 ..... and it will only exceed £77,000 if there are over 640 fully paid up members

    Maybe one day there will be this many members..... I will send my cheque in tomorrow to help it to reach this target. Well Done Jim, Steve etc

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    Clive
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    I joined this last week - looks like it could be interesting

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    BSH
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    I'm in!

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    knockie
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    Quote Originally Posted by BSH View Post
    I'm in!
    Me too
    Try and have some meetings as far North as you can.....need to keep the miles down on the Landy
    SD.

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    martian
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    Still waiting for the trouble to kick off...

    Meanwhile I checked with Steve: there is no VAT

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    munitor
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    Sounds like a good idea tried to search for a website and found this didn't take long to realises I was in the wrong place!

    http://www.baseuk.org/

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    Jim Bullock
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    Quote Originally Posted by munitor View Post
    Sounds like a good idea tried to search for a website and found this didn't take long to realises I was in the wrong place!

    http://www.baseuk.org/
    No "munitor"...you are in the right place...I am sure we can fit something into the agenda..if you feel the need...!
    On a serious note ...thank you for highlighting the website..

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    knockie
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    Did you get into trouble then Jim??
    Ta.
    SD.

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    Jim Bullock
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    Quote Originally Posted by knockie View Post
    Did you get into trouble then Jim??
    Ta.
    SD.
    I will do... if I get too involved with www.baseuk.org... Mrs Jim thinks BASE is all about direct-drilling, residue, earthworms and have meetings with "nice" like minded people...if she gets to know about the afore mentioned website I could be in serious trouble..

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    Mr Bean
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    Quote Originally Posted by munitor View Post
    Sounds like a good idea tried to search for a website and found this didn't take long to realises I was in the wrong place!

    http://www.baseuk.org/

    Mrs Bean used to work for base-uk.org/.














    (British Association for Supported Employment)
    What a difference a - makes in an url !!!!!

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    Normandyfarmer
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    Bienvenue à BASE !

    An association with both english and french farmers, now this is history !

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    Jim Bullock
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    Great to see so many of you at todays meeting at FarmECO...How Frederic manages to speak for 6 hours is just unbelievable...Looking down the postings on BFF I think he covered most of them today...Its good to be given soutions rather than reasons not to go forward...
    Thank-you for your support (over 50 paid up members). We now have sufficient funding to go forward without having to waste time toading around organisations for money.... so we can go forward and do the sort of things we have been talking about (in various organisations) for decades...

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    Tomsewell
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    What's even more remarkable is he did the same thing yesterday in Kent, then drove with Steve to Notts, what a star

    Really looking forward to this getting going and meeting some of you!

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    Clive
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    A very useful day - well done for getting it of the ground Jim

    Thanks

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    BSH
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    Thanks Jim, Great day, head buzzing with possibilities!

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    dontknowanything
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    Yes, very good, even for someone who has heard him talk before.

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    FarmerDan
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    Thoroughly enjoyed the day. Thank you Jim, Steve and anyone else who made it possible. Looking forward to the next one.

    I feel inspired.

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    shakerator
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    Quote Originally Posted by FarmerDan View Post
    Thoroughly enjoyed the day. Thank you Jim, Steve and anyone else who made it possible. Looking forward to the next one.

    I feel inspired.
    +1

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    Clive
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    After a bit of thought today I reckon I heard enough yesterday for me to set a man and tractor on chasing our combine with a drill putting cover crops on every ac tight behind the combine this year

    If we achieve 50% of what Fredric has in doing so It will be worthwhile however I think we should see even better results here as we get more rainfall

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    Steevo
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    Quote Originally Posted by Clive View Post
    After a bit of thought today I reckon I heard enough yesterday for me to set a man and tractor on chasing our combine with a drill putting cover crops on every ac tight behind the combine this year

    If we achieve 50% of what Fredric has in doing so It will be worthwhile however I think we should see even better results here as we get more rainfall
    Interesting stuff! I've always struggled to justify cover crops due to the high cost of seed. Are you buying yours in Clive?

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    Clive
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    Quote Originally Posted by Steevo View Post
    Interesting stuff! I've always struggled to justify cover crops due to the high cost of seed. Are you buying yours in Clive?
    I think the cost is an investment - only to happy to invest in machinery and infrastructure for the last 20 years so about time I invested in my soil I reckon !

    Sure I can find way to keep the cost down, linseed, peas and beans will all be home saved and stuff like sunflower, phecilia and vetch is not crazy money

    Cost of drilling is not so bad when your already carrying the cost of the drill on the cash cop acres and drills uses little power and are fast are cheap on fuel and labour

    No point messing about with this IMO, sooner we get on with it and the more we get done the faster the payback

    A lot of what Fredric said about "drilling on green" changing your attitude to wether and slug risk rang very true with my experiences this year where the volunteer green mattress has carried the drill despite weather and kept the slugs fat without them eating my wheat ! I can only imagine this effect amplified many times if we grow many times the biomass we see from volunteer or etc ???

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    doehill
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    I agree with what you say ,what would you put in as cover crop for your winter wheat and what date would you drill your wheat it was very interesting hearing Frederic talk

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    Clive
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    Quote Originally Posted by doehill View Post
    I agree with what you say ,what would you put in as cover crop for your winter wheat and what date would you drill your wheat it was very interesting hearing Frederic talk
    No intention of reinventing the wheel so I will just copy his most successful mix which iirc seemed to be the sunflower, pea, phacilia and vetch mix

    Drill tight behind the combine and hold of wheat drilling start date until mid October

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    Feldspar
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    I had no idea there was a meeting happening so soon AND that F. Thomas was going to be there. What a missed opportunity!

    If anyone feels like sharing what they thought were the major take-home lessons (in addition to the cover crop thoughts), please do.

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    Feldspar
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    Quote Originally Posted by Clive View Post
    No intention of reinventing the wheel so I will just copy his most successful mix which iirc seemed to be the sunflower, pea, phacilia and vetch mix

    Drill tight behind the combine and hold of wheat drilling start date until mid October
    With any cut-off date for cover crop drilling if being followed by a winter sown cash crop?

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