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New video shows what it means to be an organic farmer

New video shows what it means to be an organic farmer

West Sussex organic farmer John Pitts, has launched a new video to explain what it really means to choose organic. The passionate farmer reveals the challenges behind the award-winning organic dairy and arable farming enterprise The Woodhorn Group. The video outlines The Woodhorn Group’s holistic approach to farming that prioritises the welfare of the animals, […]

Farmers invited to take part in diverse cropping project to increase yields

Farmers invited to take part in diverse cropping project to increase yields

The Organic Research Centre, a leading independent research charity, is inviting UK farmers to participate in a new EU-funded project called DIVERSify which is investigating how to maximise the performance of crop mixtures (or plant teams) to improve yields while reducing the reliance on inputs. Dr Bruce Pearce from the Organic Research Centre said, “It […]

Pan-European research boosts innovation and sustainability for UK organic dairy farming

Pan-European research boosts innovation and sustainability for UK organic dairy farming

The Organic Research Centre in Newbury, Berkshire was a lead research partner in a major pan-European project that has culminated in the development of ground-breaking research and advice to help make the organic and low-input dairy sector more sustainable and competitive. In working with farmers and other stakeholders, methods were developed to identify opportunities and […]

Building sustainability and resilience in organic supply chains

Building sustainability and resilience in organic supply chains

Maintaining stability and confidence in supply chains could become increasingly complex in the face of an uncertain Brexit with potential changes in the way we trade with other nations. For an expanding organic market, a failure to understand and face these challenges could have consequences for future growth. With this in mind, Soil Association Certification […]

Organic Trade Board in the UK secures €10 million EU funding to grow organic food and drink sector

Organic Trade Board in the UK secures €10 million EU funding to grow organic food and drink sector

The Organic Trade Board (OTB) has been awarded €10.4 million by the EU to run a three year campaign to promote organic food in the UK and Denmark. Starting in January 2017, the OTB will work with brands, processors and retailers to drive growth in the organic food and drink sector. The OTB won the […]

A positive outlook for organic dairy exports

A positive outlook for organic dairy exports

Strong global organic dairy growth will continue to give OMSCo (Organic Milk Supplies Cooperative) huge market opportunities following the Brexit result, according to Richard Hampton, managing director of OMSCo. OMSCo, the UK’s largest organic dairy co-operative, has followed a focused strategy to develop global organic markets and a specialist export product portfolio. OMSCo continues to […]

Global demand makes OMSCo largest UK organic cheese and whey producer

Global demand makes OMSCo largest UK organic cheese and whey producer

Growing global demand for organic cheese has seen farmer-owned co-operative OMSCo, (the Organic Milk Suppliers Co-operative Ltd), secure new export contracts and as a result, become the UK’s largest organic cheese and whey producer; achieved exclusively from export sales. OMSCO began exporting in 2007 which has proved to be an extremely successful strategy and has […]

European Commission proposes revised EU rules on organic farming

European Commission proposes revised EU rules on organic farming

A proposed new Regulation updating EU rules on organic production and labelling of organic products was adopted by the European Commission today. Consumer and producer concerns are at the heart of the proposal, which seeks to address shortcomings of the current system. The revisions are needed to: maintain consumer confidence by strengthening rules on production […]

Organic information service back in business: join the conversation at the Royal Welsh Show

Organic information service back in business: join the conversation at the Royal Welsh Show

Situated in their annual position within the Countryside Care area (Stand CCA793), OCW will be delivering elements of the new advisory contract, as well as featuring displays on recent supply chain projects, and will again be joined by organic certification bodies. In addition OCW will be delivering daily cooking demonstrations as part of their Better […]

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