Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs

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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Organic support moves welcomed by OF&G

DEFRA’s decision to pay organic farmers lower conversion rates but increase maintenance rates is the right move for the UK organic industry, according to licensing body Organic Farmers & Growers. The government released details of the rates organic farmers would be paid under its Countryside Stewardship scheme – its replacement for Environmental Stewardship under the […]

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Latest organic stats show growth

Okay, at three per cent land area it’s not huge growth. But the latest figures from the statisticians at Defra show stability and small progress in organics, rather than stagnation or decline. You can read the report for yourself [click on ‘latest release’ for PDF download], but the headlines are quite straightforward: Organic cattle: +28% […]

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