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The rising tide of organic in the UK


Organic food sales in the UK have been rising for several years now and this week has seen reports directly from major multiple retailers and the Soil Association all reporting significant sales growth. The SA report shows a 7.1% growth in the organic food market while Tesco are reporting increases having amounted to 15% in […]

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11th Annual Organic Producers’ Conference


The 11th annual Organic Producers’ Conference took place in Birmingham earlier this month (1-2 February). OF&G was there and at the heart of the action, as Steven Jacobs, OF&G business development manager, reports. The ways the organic sector can successfully rise to the challenge of Brexit and market challenges was the main focus for this […]

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Defra support for the future of UK organic


UK organic leaders have said they feel encouraged after Defra minister George Eustice announced that the government would continue to offer the sector its support post-Brexit. In a meeting with the English Organic Forum on Tuesday (31 January), Mr Eustice told senior industry representatives that he was keen to see the UK organic sector continue […]

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Avian influenza (bird flu) – Organic update January 2017


In the face of housing restrictions put in place to control the spread of Avian Influenza (AI) OF&G has asked for clarification from Defra regarding the status of organic free range eggs and poultry. Under orders placed by Defra in December, all free range hens had to be housed for 30 days to protect against […]

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Organic Trade Board secures €10m to grow UK organic


The Organic Trade Board (OTB) has been awarded €10.4 million by the EU to run a three year campaign to promote organic food in the UK and Denmark. Starting in January 2017, the Organic Trade Board will work with brands, processors and retailers to drive growth in the organic food and drink sector. OF&G was […]

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Oxford Farming Conferences: Highlights 2017


The future of agricultural support post-Brexit, fair-trade farming systems and protecting soils were the talk of Oxford last week as hundreds of farmers and growers convened for the annual Oxford Farming and the Oxford Real Farming Conferences. OF&G kick-started 2017 by being at both events, and here we bring you the highlights….. Farewell to direct […]

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Industry call for the new EU regulation to be rejected


OF&G has worked hard to offer assistance to officials over the past 2½ years to bring about the best possible outcome for the negotiation of a new EU Organic Regulation. We have always maintained that the current regulatory framework already provides a strong basis for the development of organic food and farming and would have […]

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European Antibiotic Awareness Day – 18 Nov 2016


Re-examining livestock welfare and production systems is key to helping drive down the routine use of antibiotics in UK agriculture. This is the message from OF&G chief executive Roger Kerr on European Antibiotic Awareness Day. Roger says producers need to be prepared to think differently about how they manage their animals if they are to take serious […]

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Glastir Organic – new window opening


Glastir Organic provides support to organic farmers and producers The Cabinet Secretary for Environment and Rural Affairs has agreed to open a further Expression of Interest round for Glastir Organic. Timing of the EOI window is yet to be finalised but we have been told that the aim is for 17 October for contracts to […]

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NOCC 16 – Reasons to be cheerful


National Organic Combinable Crops (NOCC) conference Organic farmers and growers were given plenty of reasons to be cheerful at this year’s National Organic Combinable Crops conference, the largest on-farm event in the sector’s calendar. Increasing demand for organic food and changes in consumer shopping habits mean there are greater business opportunities available for farmers than […]

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