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Urgent Notice to all Welsh Organic Farmers: Organic Certificates

14 April 2015

1. All farmers with contracts under the new Glastir Organic Scheme (running from 1st January 2015) will need to submit a copy of their organic certificate to their regional Welsh Government office by the 30th April 2015.

Field Lab – Farm Scale AD: Improving Efficiency and Cutting Costs (Meeting 4), 2 July 2015

14 April 2015

Cream o’Galloway, Gatehouse of Fleet This is the last of 4 open meetings looking at small-scale AD in an organic dairy system.

Best Soil in Show 2015: ready, steady, dig! Closing date extended: now 20th April

13 April 2015

As part of the International Year of the Soil 2015, the James Hutton Institute is again joining forces with the Scottish Association of Young Farmers Clubs (SAYFC) and new partner Soil Association Scotland in a quest to highlight the Best Soil in Sh...

Countryside Stewardship Update

09 April 2015

Natural England have published a Countryside Stewardship update. This provides more information on the new scheme and how farmers can apply to join. The new scheme will include payments for organic maintenance and conversion.

New EU report on neonicotinoids - Soil Association comment

09 April 2015

The EASAC (European Academies’ Science Advisory Council) report on Ecosystem services, agriculture and neonicotinoids, released on Wednesday 8 April has confirmed there is an increasing body of evidence that the widespread use of neonicotinoids has ...

Play your part in providing good food for all

08 April 2015

Food for Life Catering Mark Standards Committee lay members This is an opportunity to support the development of best practice standards for food service. The Soil Association is the UK’s leading membership charity campaigning for healthy, humane an...

Welsh Government Consultation ‘Proposals for the Basic Payment Scheme'

02 April 2015

Up until the 12 December 2014 the Welsh Government proposed a Basic Payment Scheme based on three regions: Moorland, Severely Disadvantaged area (SDA), and Disadvantaged Area (DA) and lowland combined. A judicial hearing was about to question the de...

Identifying sustainability themes for organic agriculture

02 April 2015

Sustainability is increasingly important for organic and non-organic businesses, but the metrics used to measure performance are diverse, ranging from improved energy efficiency (and associated reduced emissions and costs) to improving on-farm biodi...

Antibiotic use in UK organic pigs may be 40 to 50 times lower than in non-organic pigs

30 March 2015

The Alliance to Save Our Antibiotics has reviewed statistics released by the Danish Food and Agriculture Minister, Dan Jørgensen, comparing antibiotic use in Danish organic and conventional pigs in response to a parliamentary question last year.
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