28 April 2015
Fertility building leys and green manures

Field lab at Tolhurst Organic

14 May 2015
Creeping thistle field lab

Controlling creeping thistles in arable crops and grass leys



15 April 2015
ORC Bulletin 118 is at the printers!

Autumn 2014 issue also now available to download

14 April 2015
Biogreenhouse training school

Vegetable diseases diagnostic tools and control methods under greenhouse organic farming



25 November 2014
ORC welcomes Defra’s proposed organic payment rates

New Countryside Stewardship Scheme support rates for organic farming in England have been announced today.

Events

First Solibam Stakeholder Congress

19 April 2012
to 20 April 2012

Shaping the future of agriculture: The role of diversity in low-input and organic cropping systems

Venue: San Nilo Abbey, Grottaferrata - Rome, Italy
Time:14:00 on 19th April 2012 to 17:00 on 20th April 2012

The SOLIBAM Congress is a public event designed to introduce a wide range of stakeholders to this EU funded project, which started in 2010. The aim is to provide an international forum for discussion around four topical themes linked to policy foci. These comprise: 1) The greening of agriculture 2) Climate change, what challenges for breeding and agriculture? 3) Cropping systems of the future and 4) Seeds and sustainable use of plant genetic resources.

This 2-day event will be held on 19th-20th April 2012. It is the first public Congress stemming from the EU-funded SOLIBAM project (Strategies for Organic and Low-input Integrated Breeding and Management). The objective of SOLIBAM is to develop novel breeding approaches integrated with management practices to improve the performance, quality, sustainability and stability of crops adapted to organic and low-input systems in Europe and Sub-Saharan Africa. The underlying hypothesis is that diverse populations in diverse organic and low-input systems are more resilient to stress and can therefore better adapt to environmental variation.

This Congress will address a key issue for SOLIBAM and for agriculture today: how do we ensure food security and food quality while maintaining environmental and socio-economic sustainability. It will be organised in roundtable discussions according to four topical themes. In each roundtable representatives from different stakeholders (e.g. farmers’ associations, policy makers, scientists, & industry) will express their views after a keynote speaker has introduced the theme and a member of the SOLIBAM team has reacted by relating it to the work being carried out within the project.

Places are limited and will be allocated on a ‘first come first served’ basis. The registration deadline is 5th March 2012 and the conference fee is 80€. This covers coffee breaks, lunch and proceedings. There is also a 10% reduction for IFOAM EU members who register early. To register, please complete the registration form, available on https://colloque.inra.fr/solibam_congress or www.solibam.eu.

Also, see our flyer (PDF 210KB) for further information. For more details about SOLIBAM, go to Plant Breeding on the Research and development tab of ORCs website www.efrc.com.



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