Glyphosate ban should not damage UK farming, OF&G tells Cereals Event

Adding value to farm produce and increasing soil biological activity  will help farmers prepare for a future with fewer crop protection products, OF&G told growers at this year’s Cereals Event. Speaking during the event’s headline Oxford Farming Conference debate (14 June), OF&G business development manager Steven Jacobs said that life without glyphosate did not spell […]

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General Election 2017

General Election 2017

The outcome of the upcoming general election will have some of the biggest implications for our food, farming and environmental systems for a generation. From trade deals to research funding and access to labour, there are some major challenges ahead, and different approaches from each of the parties vying for your vote. To help you […]

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Wake Up To Organic

Get involved with Wake Up To Organic 2017

Last year, Wake Up To Organic saw 2,000 free organic breakfasts given out at 70 events. On social media, there were over 3,000 tweets using #WakeUpToOrganic on the day with a reach of 3 million. And this year, the Organic Trade Board has announced that Wake Up To Organic will be even bigger with over […]

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Organic certification

Licensee Questionnaire Feedback 2017

In our January 2017 newsletter we sent out a questionnaire to find out how the businesses we provide organic certification to feel we are responding to their business needs and the level of service we provide. Our thanks go to everyone who responded and for all the comments and thoughts we received. 93% of those who responded rated the overall satisfaction with the […]

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Organic sales

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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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 Trade Board secures €10 million to grow UK organic

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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OF&G initiative offers support to Wales’ growing organic sector

Organic producers in Wales are being given an extra boost to help develop the country’s growing organic sector thanks to a new initiative from certification body OF&G. OF&G Cymru will offer exclusive support to OF&G’s farmer members in Wales thanks to a team of dedicated staff who will help producers in the region. The team […]

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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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Trial crops make a healthy start

No sooner is one of our organic cereals events completed than work on the next begins. As you would expect, the trial crops have to be timed appropriately and the class of 2015 are already showing plenty of promise. Our research and development supremo, Steven Jacobs, has been down to our host John Pawsey’s Shimpling […]

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