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Assessing Your Potential: Farm Woodland Management & Creation, Wednesday 4th February, 12.30 – 4pm

08 January 2015

Bankhead Farm, near Broxburn, West Lothian A practical on-farm afternoon looking at options, issues and potential business benefits of managing farm woodlands.

Farmers urged to plant trees and prevent erosion of profits

08 January 2015

Farmers are being encouraged to plant trees on their land to prevent one of their most precious assets being washed or blown away. On average 2.2m tonnes of topsoil are eroded annually in the UK, which costs an estimated £200million a year to the in...

Comment on Liz Truss's support for GM declared at the Oxford Farming Conference

08 January 2015

Peter Melchett, Director of Policy at the Soil Association said: "At a time when US farmers are demanding more non-GM seeds, it is bizarre that Liz Truss claims GM crops grown in the US are using less pesticides, water and are more environmentally f...

Comment on John Krebs' talk at the Oxford Farming Conference

08 January 2015

Helen Browning, Chief Executive of the Soil Association said: “I am bemused by the hostility towards organic which seems at odds with the rest of the lecture. John Krebs is out of date – a new meta-analysis published at the end of last year by US sc...

Cattle, Kale & Other Forage Crops, Tuesday 17th February 2015, 11.30am – 3pm, Selkirk

08 January 2015

A practical on-farm visit looking at the key requirements for out wintering cattle on forage crops.

Organic sales lead the way into the New Year!

07 January 2015

Figures presented by Nielsen at the end of December 2014 confirm sales for organic are still trending upwards versus a worsening picture for non-organic. Total organic sales for the 52 week period to 6 th December have grown by +2% (+ 1.8% previous ...

How will climate change transform agriculture?

19 December 2014

"There is a lot of uncertainty in how climate change will impact agriculture, and what adaptations will be needed. By looking at where, when, why, and which transformations are required, but also in how many scenarios, it lays the groundwork for cou...

Comment on the review of the EU Organic Regulation

18 December 2014

Helen Browning, Soil Association chief executive, said: “We are pleased that following a recent Agricultural Council meeting, the Council and the EU Commission now appear to share a common view on the direction of work around the ongoing review of t...

Supply chain requirements for organic

17 December 2014

You may have seen the figures recently published that show £7 million is now spent on organic produce within the Catering Mark at the Silver and Gold award levels. This figure continues to grow in line with the Catering Mark and the wider demand for...

Comment on the proposal to exclude support for organic conversion and maintenance from the RDP for Northern Ireland

16 December 2014

Liz Bowles, head of farming at the Soil Association, said: “We are very disappointed that the proposed Rural Development Programme will fail to support Northern Ireland’s organic farmers.
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