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This week Defra has launched the Water Capital Grant Scheme

04 March 2015

The application window for the Water Capital Grant Scheme is only open from 2nd March until 30th April 2015. A maximum of £10,000 is available per holding and the grant is available to economically viable small-medium sized farm businesses that are ...

Wales to reconsider Basic Payment Scheme

02 March 2015

The Welsh Government has to consider the options available to progress 2015 basic payments. A recent judicial hearing was due to question the definition of moorland within the scheme (which was land above 400 metres). The legal challenge concerned t...

Forestry Commission Scotland’s Scottish Regional Woodfuel Forums: Opportunities for Renewable Wood fuelled Heating in the Commercial Sector

26 February 2015

Tuesday 24th March 2015, Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh EH21 6UU Designed to promote the production of heat from low-carbon technologies, using renewable energy sources rather than fossil fuels, the Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) provides a gu...

Quality Forage: Cuts Costs, Tuesday 17th March, Castle Douglas, 10am–1pm

26 February 2015

A practical morning looking at increasing quantity and quality of home-grown forage and how best to convert to milk and meat, whilst maximising efficiencies of inputs.

Our comment on the Science and Technology Committee's report on GM

26 February 2015

Our policy director, Peter Melchett, commented on the Science and Technology Committee's report on GM, saying:

Comment on the Science and Technology Committee's report on GM

26 February 2015

Peter Melchett, Soil Association policy director, commented on the Science and Technology Committee's report on GM, saying:

Organic- automatic qualifies for the 30% greening

25 February 2015

Farmers can now start to prepare their applications for Basic Payment Scheme, which must be submitted by 15 May. The booklet includes confirmation that licensed organic farmers automatically qualify for the greening element of the Basic Payment Sche...

Organic market shows improved growth amidst tumbling food prices

24 February 2015

The Soil Association’s 2015 Organic Market Report reveals sales of organic products increased by 4% in 2014. The new figures announced today (24 February 2015) show this is significant growth in a year when both food prices (down 1.9%) and food spen...

Organic market shows improved growth amidst tumbling food prices

24 February 2015

The Soil Association’s 2015 Organic Market Report reveals sales of organic products increased by 4% in 2014 across the UK. The new figures announced today (24 February 2015) show this is significant growth in a year when both food prices (down 1.9%)...

Soil Association Organic Market Report shows health and beauty sales up 20%

24 February 2015

The Soil Association’s Organic Market report reveals UK sales of certified organic health and beauty products increased by 20% in 2014 to £44.6 million. The number of Soil Association symbol holders increased by 51% while export revenue of UK compan...
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