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New market opportunity for red meat in South Wales

18 November 2014

Cig Calon Cymru based in Carmarthenshire, South Wales is looking for suppliers of organic cull cows (dairy and sucklers), organic commercial/prime beef, organic cull ewes and in the near future organic lambs to meet the demand from a new and growing...

Avian flu - update

18 November 2014

Poultry producers may have seen the news regarding a case of avian flu, near Driffield in East Riding of Yorkshire. Further details can be found on the BBC website here .

Monsanto pays out millions for GM Wheat contamination

14 November 2014

In an extraordinary settlement, Monsanto has agreed to pay over $2.3 million (£1.5 million) compensation to American wheat farmers because of economic losses from GM contamination of their wheat crops. Farmers in the Oregon, Idaho and Washington Sta...

Why soil is vital to the resilience of our farming systems – lessons from around the globe

05 November 2014

Internationally renowned speakers from Alaska, Australia, Canada, Norway and the Czech Republic join UK leading experts for the 6th annual Soil Association Soil Symposium to discuss the importance of soils to the resilience of agriculture.

Press comment on the launch of the national pollinator strategy

04 November 2014

Defra have today (4th November) announced the launch of the national pollinator strategy. Pollinators are essential for biodiversity and pollination of essential crops and plants. Pesticides are damaging bee and other pollinator populations and thei...

Soil Association submit proposal on TB compensation

27 October 2014

Following discussions with licensees and members, the Soil Association has submitted a proposal to request changes to the Cattle Compensation (England) Order 2012 to more accurately reflect the difference in price between organic and conventional ca...

Ben Raskin’s Seedy Weekend

20 October 2014

Our Head of Horticulture, Ben Raskin, has had a rather 'seedy weekend'. As a seed specialist, Ben tends to be involved in all things seed-related. This Saturday the Open Pollinated revolution really kicked off with the launch of the South West Seed ...

Soil Association annual conference highlights the growing evidence of chilling impacts of neonicotinoids

10 October 2014

The Soil Association’s annual conference established the case for continuing the ban on neonicotinoids. Professor Dave Goulson of the University of Sussex discussed the mounting evidence of how bees and other wildlife are being quietly poisoned by t...

Glastir Organic - Actions for farmers

30 September 2014

An important update for farmers and growers in Wales on Glastir Organic.

Trees: a Valuable Resource. Woodland Management and Biomass

17 September 2014

Wednesday 29th October, Elphin, nr Ullapool A practical day looking at trees: from planting and pruning to processing; how to manage existing woodland; opportunities for selling wood and wood fuel; what you need to know to commission a boiler; the R...
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Dealing with flea beetle

Sally Morgan: I don’t seem to have been the only farmer to have noticed more flea beetles than usual this year, and growers have reported damage to chard and beetroot as well as brassicas. So how do we deal with this common pest in organic systems, while avoiding pesticides?

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