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Business as usual not an option say soil experts

26 November 2014

Over 200 delegates and speakers gathered for the Soil Association's 6th annual Soil Symposium (25 November 2014) in Solihull to hear from international experts on soil and to discuss the vital area of soil resilience in agriculture.

Proposed payment rates for organic maintenance and conversion in England

26 November 2014

The Soil Association welcomes the announcement of the proposed payment rates for organic maintenance and conversion in England. Whilst not all types of land will attract increased payments, the new rates are much improved from the original proposals...

New market opportunity for red meat in South Wales

18 November 2014

Cig Calon Cymru based in Carmarthenshire, South Wales is looking for suppliers of organic cull cows (dairy and sucklers), organic commercial/prime beef, organic cull ewes and in the near future organic lambs to meet the demand from a new and growing...

Avian flu - update

18 November 2014

Poultry producers may have seen the news regarding a case of avian flu, near Driffield in East Riding of Yorkshire. Further details can be found on the BBC website here .

Monsanto pays out millions for GM Wheat contamination

14 November 2014

In an extraordinary settlement, Monsanto has agreed to pay over $2.3 million (£1.5 million) compensation to American wheat farmers because of economic losses from GM contamination of their wheat crops. Farmers in the Oregon, Idaho and Washington Sta...

Why soil is vital to the resilience of our farming systems – lessons from around the globe

05 November 2014

Internationally renowned speakers from Alaska, Australia, Canada, Norway and the Czech Republic join UK leading experts for the 6th annual Soil Association Soil Symposium to discuss the importance of soils to the resilience of agriculture.

Press comment on the launch of the national pollinator strategy

04 November 2014

Defra have today (4th November) announced the launch of the national pollinator strategy. Pollinators are essential for biodiversity and pollination of essential crops and plants. Pesticides are damaging bee and other pollinator populations and thei...

Soil Association submit proposal on TB compensation

27 October 2014

Following discussions with licensees and members, the Soil Association has submitted a proposal to request changes to the Cattle Compensation (England) Order 2012 to more accurately reflect the difference in price between organic and conventional ca...

Ben Raskin’s Seedy Weekend

20 October 2014

Our Head of Horticulture, Ben Raskin, has had a rather 'seedy weekend'. As a seed specialist, Ben tends to be involved in all things seed-related. This Saturday the Open Pollinated revolution really kicked off with the launch of the South West Seed ...

Soil Association annual conference highlights the growing evidence of chilling impacts of neonicotinoids

10 October 2014

The Soil Association’s annual conference established the case for continuing the ban on neonicotinoids. Professor Dave Goulson of the University of Sussex discussed the mounting evidence of how bees and other wildlife are being quietly poisoned by t...
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Dealing with flea beetle

Sally Morgan: I don’t seem to have been the only farmer to have noticed more flea beetles than usual this year, and growers have reported damage to chard and beetroot as well as brassicas. So how do we deal with this common pest in organic systems, while avoiding pesticides?

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