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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...

Quality Forage: Cuts Costs, Tuesday 17th March, Castle Douglas, 10am–1pm

26 February 2015

A practical morning looking at increasing quantity and quality of home-grown forage and how best to convert to milk and meat, whilst maximising efficiencies of inputs.

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:

Watery mouth update

17 February 2015

With lambing fast approaching for many livestock farmers, forward planning for a healthy crop of lambs is of paramount importance. Fine tuning aspects of flock management at this time of year is crucial, especially if ewes are brought in to be house...

MRSA found in pigs in England as European research shows threat of pandemic spread in humans is increasing

06 February 2015

Government scientists have reported the first-ever cases of livestock-associated MRSA in pigs in England [1].

New EU report reveals scale of antibiotic overuse in farming and links it to resistance in human infections

06 February 2015

A new EU report shows for the first time that farm animals account for about two thirds of all antibiotics used in 26 European countries [1][2].

Proposed revision of the EU organic regulation - update

23 January 2015

We have been very involved in the work on the revision that has taken place over the last year and have tried to engage with as many licensees as we can that want to be actively involved in the process. (Anyone wanting to get more involved please ge...
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Soil and the power of poo

Marianne Landzettel: ‘Give me five more minutes’ signals Gualu Goud as he’s standing on top of one of his five compost heaps working the top layer with a hoe. I met Gualu earlier this month in a village in the eastern Indian state of Odisha (formerly Orissa). He’s been a cotton farmer for most of his life. Things were ok until about 10 years ago when yields started to drop even though he used increasing amounts of expensive chemical fertilisers.

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