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). 10 years ago, he also supported the extension of the UK version – BASE UK, operating the same way, promoting Conservation Agriculture.
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.
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Usually, Conservation Agriculture leads to soil organic matter improvement and the extension of the soil live with positive return in terms of fertility, water management and productivity with lower costs of production. Nevertheless, the reduction of the mineralization brought by tillage associated to the N immobilization in the biomass of cover-crops and the growth of […]
We are living in a very turbulent world and so is the agriculture business – with the added pressure of weather uncertainty. Nevertheless, Conservation Agriculture not only brings savings and innovations but a lot of resilience too. With large field of opportunities still to explore, it is surely setting farm activities on the right agronomical, […]
Vineyards are one of the fastest-growing agricultural sectors in the UK, with over 4,000 hectares now planted. Yet vines are extremely susceptible to fungal diseases, and it is very hard to grow them profitably with minimal inputs. In this session we aim to bring together some of the leading proponents of regenerative viticulture to explore […]