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Farmer-led field labs look at range of techniques for blackgrass control

19 March 2015

The perennial problem of blackgrass affects all arable farmers. A meeting at Shimpling Park Farm, an organic mixed farm in Suffolk on 24th March, 12.30-5pm, will examine different approaches to dealing with blackgrass and the experience of one farme...

UPM Tilhill group scheme certified by Woodmark

17 March 2015

UPM Tilhill is a UK market leader in forest and woodland management. We are happy to announce that they have chosen Soil Association Woodmark as their FSC ® and PEFC™ Certification body for the next 5 years.

MCDI Celebrate Ten Years of Community Managed Forests

17 March 2015

The Mpingo Conservation & Development Initiative (MCDI) in southern Tanzania celebrated its 10th Anniversary in December 2014. The success of MCDI comes from their ability to empower rural communities through supporting them in managing their local ...

The taste of success: Four UK cities celebrate sustainable food

17 March 2015

On 17 March, Brighton & Hove, Cardiff, Plymouth and the London Borough of Lambeth became the first places in the UK to be awarded Sustainable Food City status, recognising pioneering work promoting healthy and sustainable food. A rapidly growing mov...

Highlights from the Scottish Soils Conference, 10th March, Stirling

16 March 2015

It all starts with, and comes back to, the SOIL. That was the opening message at the packed-out Scottish Soils Conference, held at Stirling Auction Mart by the Scottish Organic Forum . Farmers, growers and agricultural industry representatives got t...

Soil Association National Livestock Event looks at latest low input production techniques for innovative farming

10 March 2015

Industry Leaders from across the country are due to gather in Somerset on 23rd April to discuss the latest developments affecting the livestock Industry. Organised by the Soil Association and sponsored by the Woodland Trust, this hugely popular one-...

Soil Association welcomes new government fund for innovative farming

09 March 2015

Dr Tom MacMillan, Innovation Director at the Soil Association, welcomes today’s new innovation fund announced by ministers: “ The European Innovation Partnership (EIP) is great news for British farmers, recognising that so many of the best innovatio...

Maternity Cover arrangements: Please welcome Angela Mitchell as Acting Director of Soil Association Scotland

09 March 2015

As many of you already know, I will be on maternity leave from April 2015 until February 2016. I am delighted to tell you that Angela Mitchell, our current Food for Life Scotland Manager, will be Acting Director of Soil Association Scotland whilst I...

This week Defra has launched the Water Capital Grant Scheme

04 March 2015

The application window for the Water Capital Grant Scheme is only open from 2nd March until 30th April 2015. A maximum of £10,000 is available per holding and the grant is available to economically viable small-medium sized farm businesses that are ...

Wales to reconsider Basic Payment Scheme

02 March 2015

The Welsh Government has to consider the options available to progress 2015 basic payments. A recent judicial hearing was due to question the definition of moorland within the scheme (which was land above 400 metres). The legal challenge concerned t...
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