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Paid vacancies at Pillars of Hercules Organic Farm, Fife

15 January 2015

Pillars of Hercules are seeking two skilled and motivated seasonal workers to help in all areas of farm work for the 2015 growing season, early April – mid October.

European Parliament votes on GM

13 January 2015

The European Parliament voted on 13 January on whether to allow individual EU member states to ban genetically modified (GM) crops on social or environmental grounds. The Parliament voted in favour of the proposal.

The EU parliamentary vote on GM - 13th Jan 2015

13 January 2015

Today (13 January 2015), the European Parliament is expected to vote in favour of a proposal allowing EU member states to ban genetically modified crops on social or environmental grounds, yet opens the door to the possibility of more varieties of G...

Assessing Your Potential: Farm Woodland Management & Creation, Wednesday 4th February, 12.30 – 4pm

08 January 2015

Bankhead Farm, near Broxburn, West Lothian A practical on-farm afternoon looking at options, issues and potential business benefits of managing farm woodlands.

Farmers urged to plant trees and prevent erosion of profits

08 January 2015

Farmers are being encouraged to plant trees on their land to prevent one of their most precious assets being washed or blown away. On average 2.2m tonnes of topsoil are eroded annually in the UK, which costs an estimated £200million a year to the in...

Comment on Liz Truss's support for GM declared at the Oxford Farming Conference

08 January 2015

Peter Melchett, Director of Policy at the Soil Association said: "At a time when US farmers are demanding more non-GM seeds, it is bizarre that Liz Truss claims GM crops grown in the US are using less pesticides, water and are more environmentally f...

Comment on John Krebs' talk at the Oxford Farming Conference

08 January 2015

Helen Browning, Chief Executive of the Soil Association said: “I am bemused by the hostility towards organic which seems at odds with the rest of the lecture. John Krebs is out of date – a new meta-analysis published at the end of last year by US sc...

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.

Organic sales lead the way into the New Year!

07 January 2015

Figures presented by Nielsen at the end of December 2014 confirm sales for organic are still trending upwards versus a worsening picture for non-organic. Total organic sales for the 52 week period to 6 th December have grown by +2% (+ 1.8% previous ...

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...
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