Soil & Water Management Centre

Developing & improving your soils

 Useful Links 

  • RSK-ADAS Ltd

ADAS is the UK’s largest independent provider of agricultural and environmental consultancy, rural development services and policy advice.

  • Agricultural Industries Confederation (AIC)

The AIC is the leading trade association in the agri-supply industry and is responsible for lobbying policy makers and stakeholders, delivering information, providing trade assurance and offering technical support. 

  • Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board (AHDB)

ADHB is a statutory levy board, funded by farmers, growers and others in the supply chain and managed as an independent organisation. Its purpose is to make agriculture and horticulture industries more competitive and sustainable through factual, evidence-based advice, information and activity. The AHDB is made up of six levy organisations, EBLEX, BPEX, HGCA, DairyCo, PCL and HDC.

  • Animal Health Distributors Association (AHDA)

The AHDA is an association drawn from animal health product distributors across the UK. The mission and purpose of AHDA is to protect their right to sell and supply the range of prescription animal medicines not requiring veterinary supervision.

  • Association of Independent Crop Consultants (AICC)

AICC is the largest group of independent crop consultants in Europe and aims develop its professional recognition throughout the agricultural industry and promote the interests of its members.

  • BPEX

BPEX is a division of the AHDB and represents pig levy payers in England. BPEX is focused on enhancing the competitiveness, efficiency and profitability for English pig levy payers and driving demand for English pork and pig meat products in Britain and globally.

  • British Cattle Veterinary Association (BCVA)

The BCVA is the cattle specialist division of the British Veterinary Association. Its main activities centre around providing with information and education on relevant issues.

  • British Society of Plant Breeders (BSPB)

The BSPB is the representative body for the UK plant breeding industry, responsible for royalty collection and industry representation. It represents virtually 100% of breeding activity in the UK.

  • British Veterinary Association (BVA)

The BVA is the national representative body for the UK veterinary profession. It guides members throughout their careers, from student to retirement, with the support and knowledge they need to achieve their goals, and to speak up for them on the issues that matter most.

  • Country Land & Business Association (CLA)

The Country Land and Business Association (CLA) is the membership organisation for owners of land, property and businesses in rural England and Wales.


CROPROTECT is a web-based knowledge exchange system to provide farmers and agronomists with guidance on pest, weed and disease management, especially in situations where effective pesticides are not available and alternative approaches are required. 

  • Dairyco

DairyCo is a division of the AHDB and is a levy-funded, not-for-profit organisation working on behalf of Britain's dairy farmers. Its remit is to solve 'market failure' in the dairy industry - to tackle issues not currently being dealt with sufficiently to meet the needs of the industry.

  • Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs (Defra)

Defra is the UK government department responsible for policy and regulations on the environment, food and rural affairs.

  • English Beef & Lamb Executive (EBLEX)

EBLEX is a division of the AHDB and is the organisation for beef and lamb levy payers in England. It exists to enhance the profitability and sustainability of the English beef and lamb sector.

  • The Farming Advice Service (FAS)

The FAS is a service funded by the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) to help farms understand and meet the requirements of Cross Compliance, Greening (the Basic Payments Scheme) and the European Directives on both water protection and sustainable pesticide use.

  • Farmers Union of Wales (FUW)

The FUW aims to protect and advance the interests of those who derive an income from Welsh agriculture. It is an independent Union which values the freedom to run its own affairs.

  • Farming & Countryside Education (FACE)

A joint venture between RASE and The NFU with charitable status, FACE promotes educational work on food, farming and the countryside with schools, government and the media. FACE is a registered charity which is independent of any political party or movement.

  • Food Standards Agency (FSA)

The Food Standards Agency is an independent government department responsible for food safety and hygiene across the UK.

  • Health & Safety Executive (HSE)

The aim of the HSE is to prevent people being killed, injured or made ill by work. This website offers essential information and guidance on health and safety in agriculture. It is relevant to everyone, whether as an employer, employee or self-employed person.

  • Home Grown Cereals Authority (HGCA)

HGCA is the cereals and oilseeds division of the AHDB. HGCA aims to deliver a world class arable industry through independence, innovation and investment.

  • Horticultural Development Council (HDC)

The HDC's remit is to fund research and development and communicate results to growers and manage the levy board activities for the horticultural sector of the AHDB.

  • Linking Environment & Farming (LEAF)

LEAF is a charity that promotes farming practices that are in harmony with the environment. It is part of a wider European movement and is funded by memberships, sponsorships and government grants.

  • Meat & Livestock Commission for Northern Ireland (LMCNI)

The LMCNI is an Executive Non-Departmental Public Body, which assists the development of the livestock and livestock products industries and collects statutory levies from beef and sheep producers and slaughterers in Northern Ireland.

  • National Farm Research Unit

The NFRU is an independent authority on British and Irish farming, researching the issues that matter to farmers and establish common farm practises and trends. The NFRU collects and provides information on key farming issues and useful resources.

  • National Farmers Union (NFU)

The NFU is the largest farming organisation in the UK and provides professional representation and services to its Farmer and Grower members.

  • National Union of Farmers for Scotland (NFUS)

The NFUS is Scotland’s leading agricultural organisation representing 9,000 farmers, crofters, growers and other supporters. It provides information on all major policy and legislative matters to help members keep on top of the main issues which affect their businesses.

  • National Union of Farmers for Wales

NFU Cymru has nearly 15,000 members in Wales, and represents the majority of farmers in Wales. Membership of NFU Cymru is entirely voluntary and the Union is self funded. It has sole and total independent responsibility for the development of agricultural and rural policy in Wales.

  • Natural England

Natural England is an Executive Non-departmental Public Body responsible to the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs. Its purpose is to protect and improve England’s natural environment and encourage people to enjoy and get involved in their surroundings.

  • Potato Council (PCL)

The Potato Council is a division of the AHDB and is committed to supporting the British potato industry.

  • Rural Payments Agency (RPA)

RPA is as an Executive Agency of Defra and is responsible for the CAP payment functions formerly delivered by the Defra Paying Agency and the Intervention Board.

  • Soil Security Programme
Improve forecasts of how soil reacts to climate and land use changes. Fundamentally comprehend how soil performs multiple functions. Understand soil function from the laboratory to the landscape scales.

  • The Yield Enhancement Network (YEN)

Through ASAS, The Yield Enhancement Network – or YEN – connects agricultural organisations and farmers who are striving to improve crop yields. The YEN is open to any interested individual or organisation - commercial, academic or other and is run entirely with industry sponsorship and membership fees.

  • Visit my farm

Whether you are just thinking of opening your gate to school parties or looking for guidance and activity ideas to add value to existing visit programmes, this website is for you. 


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