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Proposed revision of the EU organic regulation - update

23 January 2015

We have been very involved in the work on the revision that has taken place over the last year and have tried to engage with as many licensees as we can that want to be actively involved in the process. (Anyone wanting to get more involved please ge...

Trainees required at Whitethorn Farm in Herefordshire

22 January 2015

Two Horticultural trainees required at Whitethorn Farm , to start March/April until Autumn (minimum). The work includes sowing, planting, plant husbandry, harvest and packhouse work. Minimum five days a week to include weekends. This is an ideal opp...

Glastir Advanced rules booklet

20 January 2015

The Welsh Government’s online publication ‘Glastir Adanced Rules Booklet 2: Whole Farm Code and Management Options’ contains two errors that may confuse organic farmers.

EBLEX highlight positive performance results for organic beef and lamb

16 January 2015

Gross margin data for organic beef and sheep enterprises shows favourable comparison with non-organic enterprise performance . For the first time this year EBLEX Better Returns Stocktake has financial and physical information available for a range o...

Future grower trainees - Le Manoir Aux Quat'Saisons

12 January 2015

Le Manoir aux Quat’Saisons, located in the picturesque Oxfordshire village of Great Milton in the outskirts of Oxford, is renowned as one of Britain's finest gastronomic experiences. It is now recruiting for future grower trainees - closing date 13 ...

Cattle, Kale & Other Forage Crops, Tuesday 17th February 2015, 11.30am – 3pm, Selkirk

08 January 2015

A practical on-farm visit looking at the key requirements for out wintering cattle on forage crops.

Comment on the review of the EU Organic Regulation

18 December 2014

Helen Browning, Soil Association chief executive, said: “We are pleased that following a recent Agricultural Council meeting, the Council and the EU Commission now appear to share a common view on the direction of work around the ongoing review of t...

Comment on the proposal to exclude support for organic conversion and maintenance from the RDP for Northern Ireland

16 December 2014

Liz Bowles, head of farming at the Soil Association, said: “We are very disappointed that the proposed Rural Development Programme will fail to support Northern Ireland’s organic farmers.

Take part in our wheat variety survey

11 December 2014

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...

One million meals: putting organic, local, British and Farm Assured produce on the table

10 December 2014

Today (10 December) the Soil Association celebrates a landmark achievement, with one million high quality meals being served each workday in schools, universities, nurseries, workplaces, hospitals, care homes and restaurants across the UK [1]. The S...
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Working to improve organic production systems

Liz Bowles: Improving organic systems and markets is always at the forefront of our minds at the Soil Association. As part of our ongoing work we have prioritised a number of areas for special attention over the coming months and years which I wanted to update you on. However we are keenly aware that we may not always know about the challenges that you face from day to day so we really do welcome your thoughts on where you believe we should be placing emphasis.

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