Latest study re-opens organic crop yield debate


Every new piece of research into various aspects of organic farming and food production has to be welcomed, whether the results are something the sector wants to hear or not. It is all building the knowledge base and adding to a body of work that will provide more and more robust evidence as time goes […]

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Planning underway for NOCC16


On 7 July 2016 we will be taking to the rolling Cambridgeshire countryside on the Wimpole Hall estate, where farm manager Richard Morris will host National Organic Combinable Crops 2016.

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Links to an update of Countryside Stewardship.


The Countryside Stewardship Manual has been updated, with a number of enhancements building on feedback from stakeholders in particular.  Changes have been made to both the web and PDF formats: Countryside Stewardship Manual Countryside Stewardship Manual – Print version Amongst the changes there is new wording on version control for the CS Manual, new advice […]

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Changing shopping habits bring huge opportunities for organic businesses


Changes in the UK’s retail markets and in consumer shopping habits represents greater business opportunities for organic farmers and growers than ever before. Retail and sector analysts said a strong climate for organic food sales indicates that growers who were able to adapt and respond to changing consumer demands could strengthen their businesses and improve […]

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Positively organic


The message was resoundingly positive for organic farmers and growers at this year’s National Organic Combinable Crops conference, the largest on-farm event in the sector’s calendar. Not only are consumers showing more interest in buying organic food, but speakers revealed there are more business opportunities for people in the sector that ever before. It was […]

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Organic farmer looks to Sweden to help boost soil fertility


An organic farmer is taking inspiration from growers in Sweden in an effort to find new ways to grow crops and increase his soil fertility through green manures. John Pawsey, who manages 1500 acre Shimpling Park Farm near Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk, has introduced a three-in-one drill after seeing it at work on farms in […]

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Vision for organic farming to be debated at top industry event


Organic agriculture must be given support to continue to develop and innovate if it is to be a model for sustainable food and farming across Europe, delegates at the UK’s largest on-farm organic conference are set to hear. Christopher Stopes, president of organic group IFOAM EU, will tell the National Organic Combinable Crops conference that […]

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General Election result comment


Following the result of the General Election, OF&G chief executive Roger Kerr has urged David Cameron’s government to fulfil its promises to the food and farming sectors. “We sincerely hope ministers in the new Conservative government will work hard to ensure the needs and concerns of our licensees are met,” he said. “For the food […]

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