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Urgent Notice to all Welsh Organic Farmers: Organic Certificates

14 April 2015

1. All farmers with contracts under the new Glastir Organic Scheme (running from 1st January 2015) will need to submit a copy of their organic certificate to their regional Welsh Government office by the 30th April 2015.

Field Lab – Farm Scale AD: Improving Efficiency and Cutting Costs (Meeting 4), 22 April 2015

14 April 2015

Cream o’Galloway, Gatehouse of Fleet This is the last of 4 open meetings looking at small-scale AD in an organic dairy system.

Countryside Stewardship Update

09 April 2015

Natural England have published a Countryside Stewardship update. This provides more information on the new scheme and how farmers can apply to join. The new scheme will include payments for organic maintenance and conversion.

Welsh Government Consultation ‘Proposals for the Basic Payment Scheme'

02 April 2015

Up until the 12 December 2014 the Welsh Government proposed a Basic Payment Scheme based on three regions: Moorland, Severely Disadvantaged area (SDA), and Disadvantaged Area (DA) and lowland combined. A judicial hearing was about to question the de...

Identifying sustainability themes for organic agriculture

02 April 2015

Sustainability is increasingly important for organic and non-organic businesses, but the metrics used to measure performance are diverse, ranging from improved energy efficiency (and associated reduced emissions and costs) to improving on-farm biodi...

Like minded farmers meet to look at alternative solutions for blackgrass control

27 March 2015

Organic and non-organic farmers came together on 24th March to share ideas and knowledge about the control of blackgrass. A field lab at Shimpling Park Farm (Bury St Edmonds, Suffolk) illustrates the types of on-farm research (field labs) needed to ...

RPA planned introduction of an online claim system has been postponed

20 March 2015

The Rural Payments Agency (RPA) has announced that BPS claims in England will not be made online this year and must instead be made by email or on paper. The planned introduction of an online claim system has been postponed.

The taste of success: Four UK cities celebrate sustainable food

17 March 2015

On 17 March, Brighton & Hove, Cardiff, Plymouth and the London Borough of Lambeth became the first places in the UK to be awarded Sustainable Food City status, recognising pioneering work promoting healthy and sustainable food. A rapidly growing mov...

Soil Association National Livestock Event looks at latest low input production techniques for innovative farming

10 March 2015

Industry Leaders from across the country are due to gather in Somerset on 23rd April to discuss the latest developments affecting the livestock Industry. Organised by the Soil Association and sponsored by the Woodland Trust, this hugely popular one-...

Soil Association welcomes new government fund for innovative farming

09 March 2015

Dr Tom MacMillan, Innovation Director at the Soil Association, welcomes today’s new innovation fund announced by ministers: “ The European Innovation Partnership (EIP) is great news for British farmers, recognising that so many of the best innovatio...
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