Farm walkWelcome to our events listings which include a farm walk programme on organic farms across the UK; dedicated sector training events, future growers’ scheme activities and our programme of farmer/ grower field labs. Our events are open to all and we also publicise events for other organisations which are supporting agro ecological farming methods.

Through our training events and wider services we aim to inspire and support farmers to adopt new and more sustainable farming practices as well as providing ongoing professional development for more established organic practitioners.

Inspections update

28 September 2015

We know that both additional and unannounced inspections can be a burden on you when you are busy so we wanted to remind you of some figures and how inspections are selected.

Additional Inspections

• We will have to carry out additional inspections or visits on 10% of operators.
• Some of the visits may be very detailed, others may only focus on checking that non-compliances raised at the previous inspection have been put in place.
• They will be selected on a risk basis. For example, those with a high number of non-compliances or non-compliances that affect organic integrity; non-dedicated production; complex non-dedicated production/equipment; parallel production on farm; new enterprises that present a greater risk.
• More applicants will receive an additional visit in their first year.

Unannounced inspections

• At least 10% of all inspections must be unannounced; this means that some annual inspections as well as some additional visits will be unannounced.
• For unannounced inspections you will have a maximum of 24 hours’ notice.
• Unannounced annual inspection will be selected at random.

Another area of the EU regulation where we are seeing increased focus is in observing organic processing during the inspection. Some processing plants have organic products in close proximity to non-organic products and there could be a risk of cross contamination. Direct observation of processes like selection of products ready for manufacture or mixing of ingredients will provide objective evidence and support the records reviewed that the integrity of the product’s organic status is being maintained. When your inspector telephones to agree your inspection date they will ask you to try and identify a day when you are processing organic products.

Back in 2013 we told you about the changes to the EU regulation that changed the number of additional inspections we needed to do and also increased the number of unannounced inspections.

Controlling Rushes without Chemicals (second meeting) **FULLY BOOKED**

14 October 2015

Silverlea Farm, Cumbria

Half day workshop looking at controlling rushes without chemicals, following on from a successful meeting in June which explored a number of available options at local farms. This meeting will look a...

Grower consultations during October 2015

16 October 2015

Various locations from October 16th until October 30th         

You are invited to join us at a series of grower consultation meetings to critically review and evaluate existing methods and approaches for assessing, benchmarking and improving soil health. During ...

Soil Health; A Living Perspective with Joel Williams

19 October 2015

Worcestershire Wildlife Trust, Lower Smite Farm, Hindlip, Worcester, WR3 8SZ

This event is run by Regenerative agriculture. Joel was recommended to us by one of our farmers in the south-west and we ran a one-day workshop similar to this one in Devon back in February. It sold ...

Field Lab: Non chemical creeping thistle control - meeting 2

21 October 2015

The Field study hut at the Visitor Centre, Sandringham Estate, PE35 6EH

Background Information Creeping thistle are a significant problem for the majority of organic farmers. For arable cropping the presence of creeping thistles can render a crop unharvestable. Non – org...

Westminster Food & Nutrition Forum Keynote Seminar: Next steps for UK Agricultural Technologies - investment, research and progress from the catalyst

22 October 2015

Central London

Guests of Honour: Dr Stephen Axford, Head of Agri-Tech, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills and Judith Batchelar, Industry Co-chair, Agri-Tech Leadership Council and Director of Sainsbury'...

Controlling Rushes without Chemicals (second meeting)

28 October 2015

Strathcanaird, Ullapool

Half day workshop looking at controlling rushes without chemicals, following on from a successful meeting in June which explored a number of available options at local farms. This meeting will look a...

Controlling Rushes without Chemicals (second meeting) **FULLY BOOKED**

30 October 2015

Kirkton Farm, Crianlarich, run with SRUC

Half day workshop looking at controlling rushes without chemicals, following on from a successful meeting in June which explored a number of available options at local farms. This meeting will look a...

3-day Introduction to Holistic Management with Owen Hablutzel

03 November 2015

Huntstile Organic Farm, Goathurst, Nr Bridgwater, TA5 2DQ

This event is run by Regenerative agriculture. Join us for a fun-filled three-day workshop where we will learn together optimal, highly-effective and proven ways to plan for and achieve the full powe...

Managing Rushes Without Chemicals (first meeting)

05 November 2015


A practical day workshop on controlling common rush without chemicals on farms with important habitat for wading birds. Attendees will hear about non-chemical management options for rushes, look at a...
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