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Countryside Stewardship Update

09 April 2015

Natural England have published a Countryside Stewardship update. This provides more information on the new scheme and how farmers can apply to join. The new scheme will include payments for organic maintenance and conversion.

New EU report on neonicotinoids - Soil Association comment

09 April 2015

The EASAC (European Academies’ Science Advisory Council) report on Ecosystem services, agriculture and neonicotinoids, released on Wednesday 8 April has confirmed there is an increasing body of evidence that the widespread use of neonicotinoids has ...

Welsh Government Consultation ‘Proposals for the Basic Payment Scheme'

02 April 2015

Up until the 12 December 2014 the Welsh Government proposed a Basic Payment Scheme based on three regions: Moorland, Severely Disadvantaged area (SDA), and Disadvantaged Area (DA) and lowland combined. A judicial hearing was about to question the de...

Identifying sustainability themes for organic agriculture

02 April 2015

Sustainability is increasingly important for organic and non-organic businesses, but the metrics used to measure performance are diverse, ranging from improved energy efficiency (and associated reduced emissions and costs) to improving on-farm biodi...

Antibiotic use in UK organic pigs may be 40 to 50 times lower than in non-organic pigs

30 March 2015

The Alliance to Save Our Antibiotics has reviewed statistics released by the Danish Food and Agriculture Minister, Dan Jørgensen, comparing antibiotic use in Danish organic and conventional pigs in response to a parliamentary question last year.

US Natural Food Trends 2015 – Expo West

30 March 2015

The exciting about visiting trade shows in the US West Coast is that little glimpse of the future you get. With 70,000 visiting ‘Expo-West’, this Californian natural and organic trade show is an excellent opportunity to get a feel for what might be ...

Lunch Time Seed Swap at Soil Association Scotland: Sharing Seeds & Stories…

30 March 2015

The Soil Association Scotland team held their first Seed Swap today, to celebrate the arrival of spring and the growing season ahead, and to highlight Soil Association’s Save Our Seeds campaign.

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 ...

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!
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