For the latest farmer and grower news...

Producer News

This free monthly email service is designed to keep farmers, growers, consultants and vets up-to-date with sector news, as well as relevant new services, literature and training available from the Soil Association.

Headlines

rss

An opportunity to consider conversion

02 July 2015

The potential for organic farming is looking brighter than for some time: the new proposed payments for organic farmers are set to be more generous than in past years, the market growth for organic food continues to outstrip markets for non-organic ...

Soil Association comment on the renewed support for organic farmers in Defra's Countryside Stewardship handbook

26 June 2015

Liz Bowles, Head of Farming at the Soil Association said; “ The UK organic market is in strong growth and we have good reason to believe it will be sustained in the long term – but this takes time to influence organic production. "

Glastir Organic 2016 application window opens in July 2015

24 June 2015

The Glastir Organic 2016 application window will open on 20 July and close at midnight on 2 September 2015.

Calling all triticale growers

16 June 2015

Triticale is a Cinderella cereal, often playing second fiddle to wheat in the market place. However, recent field trials have shown that it often out-yields wheat, using lower nitrogen inputs, making it an economic and environmentally sustainable cr...

Flystrike reports on the rise

15 June 2015

Laura Kreciala, Specialist Certification Officer within the Producer Certification team , looks into the issues surrounding blowfly strike, and the measures that can be taken to reduce the impact of the condition. Blowfly strike can have devastating...

Glastir Organic Application Window 2016

08 June 2015

It has been announced that the Glastir Organic 2016 application window will open on 20 July 2015 (1st day of the Royal Welsh Show!)

Organic cereals: supply chain opportunities and challenges

29 May 2015

Seminar date: Tuesday 30 June 2015 Organic arable production represents an important part of the food chain. There are currently a number of challenges in the supply chain, including regulatory changes and managing integrity, which could limit furth...

Availability of organic feed

20 May 2015

You may have heard that the certification body that certifies around 70% of exported organic grain in Ukraine has been suspended following detection of pesticides. This affects mainly, wheat, maize, sunflower and peas. UK feed mills normally source ...

Take part in our wheat variety survey

19 May 2015

The Soil Association, in conjunction with other UK certification bodies and sector organisations, is conducting a national survey to find out how different wheat varieties are performing across the country to help to accelerate wheat variety improve...
Page:  of 25 
Latest blog

Let’s get seedy

Kim Stoddart: Guardian gardening writer and enthusiastic seed saver, Kim Stoddart shares her tales from the seed field lab - I signed up to become part of this initiative last year when I worked with the Soil Association on a series of videos about seed saving. I’d been increasingly dabbling with this oft-neglected practise and buoyed by the success of last year’s efforts producing my own stock of kale and carrot seed this seemed like a natural progression.

30 June 2015 | 0 Comments | Recommended by 1