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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...

This week Defra has launched the Water Capital Grant Scheme

04 March 2015

The application window for the Water Capital Grant Scheme is only open from 2nd March until 30th April 2015. A maximum of £10,000 is available per holding and the grant is available to economically viable small-medium sized farm businesses that are ...

Wales to reconsider Basic Payment Scheme

02 March 2015

The Welsh Government has to consider the options available to progress 2015 basic payments. A recent judicial hearing was due to question the definition of moorland within the scheme (which was land above 400 metres). The legal challenge concerned t...

Organic- automatic qualifies for the 30% greening

25 February 2015

Farmers can now start to prepare their applications for Basic Payment Scheme, which must be submitted by 15 May. The booklet includes confirmation that licensed organic farmers automatically qualify for the greening element of the Basic Payment Sche...

Organic market shows improved growth

24 February 2015

The Soil Association’s Organic Market report reveals sales of organic products increased by 4% in 2014. The new figures announced today (24 February 2015) show this is significant growth in a year when both food prices and food spending fell. Shoppe...

Comment on NFU concern that the UK is 'losing ability to feed itself'

24 February 2015

In response to the NFU's concern that the UK is ' losing ability to feed itself ' (Telegraph, 22 February 2015), Soil Association policy director Peter Melchett commented:
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Putting planet and growers at the core of seed legislation

Concepta Cassar: The arrival of March marks the melting of winter into spring, and the long-awaited emergence of new life from the depths of the cold season. Snow drops, daffodils and crocuses bring light where there was once darkness, and the first-sown seeds of the year finally start to raise their sleepy heads. Around the country, people will be cracking open bean pods and shaking out little envelopes, while the seed industry celebrates an early cash crop.

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