For the latest farmer and grower news...

Producer News

This free monthly email service is designed to keep farmers, growers, consultants and vets up-to-date with sector news, as well as relevant new services, literature and training available from the Soil Association.

Headlines

rss

Availability of organic feed

20 May 2015

You may have heard that the certification body that certifies around 70% of exported organic grain in Ukraine has been suspended following detection of pesticides. This affects mainly, wheat, maize, sunflower and peas. UK feed mills normally source ...

Take part in our wheat variety survey

19 May 2015

The Soil Association, in conjunction with other UK certification bodies and sector organisations, is conducting a national survey to find out how different wheat varieties are performing across the country to help to accelerate wheat variety improve...

Future grower trainees - Le Manoir Aux Quat'Saisons

18 May 2015

NEW OPPORTUNITY - DEADLINE 5 JUNE 2015 Le Manoir aux Quat’Saisons is looking for one more trainee to start as soon as possible for this growing season. Le Manoir is located in the picturesque Oxfordshire village of Great Milton in the outskirts of O...

Soil Association's Helen Browning talks to Kirsty Young on Desert Island Discs

18 May 2015

Soil Association Chief Executive Helen Browning joined Kirsty Young on Sunday 17th May to talk about her life and work, and chose her eight Desert Island Discs. As CEO of the pioneering charity, Helen’s experience and knowledge make her an interesti...

Soil Association led field lab to look at low-input techniques in controlling creeping thistle

08 May 2015

On the 14th May the Soil Association is hosting a field lab to examine control methods for creeping thistle – an increasing problem in the farming industry. The meeting is open to all farmers who will benefit from a demonstration of different weedin...

Controlling Rushes without Chemicals

29 April 2015

- 28th May, Kirklinton, Cumbria - 4th June, Ullapool - 5th June, Kirkton Farm, Crianlarich

Soil Association comment on iodine levels in organic milk

28 April 2015

Helen Browning, chief executive at the Soil Association commented: “This is pure scaremongering. Pregnant women should not stop drinking organic milk in response to this research, which repeats findings from a study published in 2013. As today’s stu...

Urgent Notice to all Welsh Organic Farmers: Organic Certificates

14 April 2015

1. All farmers with contracts under the new Glastir Organic Scheme (running from 1st January 2015) will need to submit a copy of their organic certificate to their regional Welsh Government office by the 30th April 2015.

Field Lab – Farm Scale AD: Improving Efficiency and Cutting Costs (Meeting 4), 2 July 2015

14 April 2015

Cream o’Galloway, Gatehouse of Fleet This is the last of 4 open meetings looking at small-scale AD in an organic dairy system.
Page:  of 25 
Latest blog

How to plant out seedlings: eight tips for new gardeners

Jess Gotham: It’s time to talk about seedlings. The Soil Association’s head of horticulture Ben Raskin’s follow-up workshop on care of new plants was very informative, as he explained what needs to be done once seeds have germinated. I felt rather guilty when I thought about my ‘mystery beans’ from the seed swap, as I’d neglected them for a few days at this crucial stage and they didn’t get enough sun, but hopefully you can learn from my mistake. As someone mentioned at the workshop, if something does go wrong you can always re-sow! In extreme cases there’s always next year… but for now, look after your seedlings carefully and they’ll reward you by growing up big and strong.

20 May 2015 | 0 Comments | Recommended by 1