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Application for Foston pig farm withdrawn

23 March 2015

The application for what would have been the largest pig farm in the UK has failed, after nearly five years trying to get planning permission. The developers, Midland Pig Producers (MPP), first applied for planning permission for a factory for 25,00...

Team Woodmark Plant Trees

23 March 2015

On Wednesday, the 18th of March, Woodmark team members spent a volunteer day to celebrate their two thousandth certificate and to contribute in the most fundamental way possible to the International Day of Forests; by spending a day planting trees!

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.

Farmer-led field labs look at range of techniques for blackgrass control

19 March 2015

The perennial problem of blackgrass affects all arable farmers. A meeting at Shimpling Park Farm, an organic mixed farm in Suffolk on 24th March, 12.30-5pm, will examine different approaches to dealing with blackgrass and the experience of one farme...

Kensons Organics looking for two assistant growers

18 March 2015

Kensons Farm Organic Vegetables has two vacancies for assistant growers. We grow a full range of Soil Association certified vegetables, which are sold through our three weekly market stalls and farm shop, and to local box schemes.

Lunch Time Seed Swap at Soil Association Scotland, 26th March 2015

18 March 2015

Do you grow your own veg or thinking of giving it a try? Why not come along with your colleagues to the Soil Association Scotland’s Seed Swap at Osborne House near Haymarket next Thursday 26th March from 12.30 till 2pm . It’ll be a great chance to m...

UPM Tilhill group scheme certified by Woodmark

17 March 2015

UPM Tilhill is a UK market leader in forest and woodland management. We are happy to announce that they have chosen Soil Association Woodmark as their FSC ® and PEFC™ Certification body for the next 5 years.

MCDI Celebrate Ten Years of Community Managed Forests

17 March 2015

The Mpingo Conservation & Development Initiative (MCDI) in southern Tanzania celebrated its 10th Anniversary in December 2014. The success of MCDI comes from their ability to empower rural communities through supporting them in managing their local ...

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...

Support for Organic Farming

17 March 2015

2015 is likely to be a year of change for many farming businesses across Scotland, and some may use the opportunity to reflect and take stock of where they are – and where they want to go next. There are many pressures on modern farmers, not least m...
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