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The Soil Association welcomes RDP support for organic farmers in Northern Ireland

28 August 2015

This week the European Commission formally approved the Rural Development Programme (RDP) 2014 – 2020 for Northern Ireland. The Soil Association is delighted that the final Programme includes a budget of £2.5million for organic support payments betw...

Soil Association supports organic farmers with its biggest ever nationwide celebration in September

14 August 2015

This Organic September, the Soil Association is targeting an increase of 6% in organic sales. The celebration of all things organic will affect organic producers, processors, businesses and retailers across the UK. The whole industry is working toge...

GM crop ban - Scotland to protect clean, green status and prohibit GM crops

10 August 2015

Welcoming the decision by the Scottish Government, Soil Association Policy Director, Peter Melchett said; “Scotland's determination to keep out GM crops is good news for the UK as a whole, because it sets a high standard that England, Wales and Nort...

Aquaculture standards consultation drawing to a close

07 August 2015

The deadline is approaching for producers, industry experts and consumers with an interest in organic aquaculture to have their say on Soil Association’s proposed changes to its aquaculture standards.

Calling all triticale growers

20 July 2015

Triticale is a Cinderella cereal, often playing second fiddle to wheat in the market place. However, recent field trials have shown that it often out-yields wheat, using lower nitrogen inputs, making it an economic and environmentally sustainable cr...

Soil Association launches aquaculture standards consultation

14 July 2015

The Soil Association is consulting on proposed changes to its organic aquaculture standards and is calling on producers, industry experts and consumers with an interest in organic aquaculture to have their say.

HRH the Prince of Wales sees the benefits of quantifying the use of grass leys on Welsh farm visit

13 July 2015

On Friday (10 July 2015) The Prince of Wales, Patron of the Soil Association, visited an organic livestock farm in Wales. Maesllwyni Farm, is hosting a field lab as part of the Duchy Future Farming Programme that will give farmers tangible measurabl...

An opportunity to consider conversion

02 July 2015

The potential for organic farming is looking brighter than for some time: the new proposed payments for organic farmers are set to be more generous than in past years, the market growth for organic food continues to outstrip markets for non-organic ...

Soil Association comment on the renewed support for organic farmers in Defra's Countryside Stewardship handbook

26 June 2015

Liz Bowles, Head of Farming at the Soil Association said; “ The UK organic market is in strong growth and we have good reason to believe it will be sustained in the long term – but this takes time to influence organic production. "
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Farming on empty – California in the 4th drought year

Marianne Landzettel: Californians are taking shorter showers, rip out the front lawn to plant cacti while in the nearby mountains numerous forest fires feed on tinder-dry brush. Leave the Pacific behind, cross the Coastal Range and you’ll get to the Central Valley. Over 700 km long, flat as a pancake, with rich soils, mild winters and an average of 300 days of sunshine, the Central Valley is the most productive and profitable agricultural region in the United States: California produces 97% of all kiwis, 95% of all celery, 89% of all spinach, consumed in the US. With roughly 1.8 million cows California is the nations biggest dairy producer. But by far the most valuable crops are nuts, pistachios, cashews, walnuts and of course almonds.

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