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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...

Organic News - Soil Association writes to Defra demanding protection for our soil

22 May 2015

ENVIRONMENT Soil Association writes to Defra demanding protection for our soil Helen Browning, chief executive of the Soil Association, has written to Liz Truss, the reappointed secretary of the Department of Environmental, Food and Rural Affairs (D...

NFU attempt to dodge pesticides ban: Bee Coalition reaction

22 May 2015

The Bee Coalition has reacted with dismay to news that the National Farmers Union is attempting to sidestep an EU ban on neonicotinoids, pesticides known to be harmful to bees.

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...

Soil Association's Helen Browning talks to Kirsty Young on Desert Island Discs

18 May 2015

Soil Association Chief Executive Helen Browning joined Kirsty Young on Sunday 17th May to talk about her life and work, and chose her eight Desert Island Discs. As CEO of the pioneering charity, Helen’s experience and knowledge make her an interesti...

Organic produce packers collaborate to find new ways to grow the market

15 May 2015

A new forum organised by the Soil Association and hosted by Produce World on 6th May drew together industry leaders in organic fruit and vegetable packing. The group discussed ways to work together to increase the presence of organic fresh fruit and...

Organic News - Helen Browning to appear on Desert Island Discs

15 May 2015

FARMING Helen Browning to appear on Desert Island Discs Soil Association chief executive and organic farmer, Helen Browning, has her own slot on BBC Radio 4’s Desert Island Disks. Tune in on Sunday morning (17th May) at 11:15 to hear her selection. ...

An intro to Organic Maintenance & Conversion - Scotland

15 May 2015

Introduction Any land in Scotland that is eligible for the Basic Payment Scheme is also eligible for organic conversion and maintenance options. Proposed conversion payments rates have been increased across every land type, and fully organic and in-...
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