Frédéric Thomas discovered minimum tillage and Conservation Agriculture during his practical training placements and employment experience in the field of agriculture in the USA, Australia and New Zealand and in the course of numerous trips throughout the world. In 1991 he undertook the promotion of minimum tillage and direct drilling in France. His strong conviction regarding the economic, agronomic and environmental interest of these techniques, but also his certainty regarding their adaptability to the diverse pedo-climatic conditions in the country, have enabled him to develop solid skills and a very specific expertise in this field.
In 1996 he took over his family farm. It is partly sandy, poor soil – prone to drought in summer and water logging in winter. Implementing these techniques in those tough conditions has not been easy but the process has helped him to understand even more about soil, fertility, cover-crops and eco-system management. This experience enriched his expertise whilst developing his pracitcal skills.
In 1999 he launched the specialist magazine “TCS” which served as a link and furthered technical exchanges between the pioneers in the field which today it has more than 4500 subscribers, mainly in France. He also supported the creation of the association BASE (Biodiversity, Agriculture, Soil and Environment) and for 15 years has been the Chairman of this active network of innovative farmers (1200 members today).
Today he has become one of the specialists in this new agriculture; he plays an active role in France and throughout the world with producers, technicians and decision-makers in the agricultural sector.
For further information on Frédéric THOMAS and agroecology praticies :
John Landers, Frederic Thomas, Amir Kassam and Will Scale will be considering the implications of the current media storm about Glyphosate, and the positive or negative effects that a ban on the chemical would have on UK agriculture and the environment, and no-till farming in particular. Session chaired by Joanna Cherry.
Weed management has been one of the most difficult tasks for arable farmers. Even if ploughing and tillage is often put forward, no-till and more widely Conservation Agriculture has brought a complete set of new approaches and options in order to reduce quite drastically weeds, save on cost of establishment and profit of better organised […]