This page shows you all archived news. Be aware that some news may no longer be relevant, and are not displayed in other areas of the website. To return to the list of the most recent active news, click here.11 March 2014: Agroforestry letter to Defra
Open letter to Owen Paterson MP on agroforestry
7 March 2014: Consultation on the National Pollinator Strategy
Defra consultation opens
7 March 2014: Regenerative Agriculture Courses
Holistic Management Farming & Grazing / Fertility Farming
22 February 2014: Sustainable biogas production
A handbook for organic farmers
18 February 2014: Applied methods in crop physiology
Training school in Denmark May 2014
18 February 2014: Farming 'organically' but not certified?
MSc student wants your views
12 February 2014: New scheme to support organic farmers in Wales
Welsh government statement on future organic support
12 February 2014: The Organic World Needs Organic Leaders!
IFOAM Organic Leadership Course
6 February 2014: STOAS at BIOFACH
STOAS - Assessing sustainability in organic farming
5 February 2014: New EU Commission website on Organic Farming and Production
New content and look for EC 'organic' website
28 January 2014: Evaluation of the EU legislation on organic farming
EC publishes report
27 January 2014: Have your say on HGCA research
Organic farmers opinions requested!
27 January 2014: Cover crops for a sustainable future
Article on OSCAR project
20 January 2014: Organic regulation review
IFOAM EU position statement
20 January 2014: Financial support for organic businesses
Dean organic trust seeks new applications
16 January 2014: Black medic and lucerne
Article on manifold green manures
14 January 2014: Hedge your bets at Elm Farm!
Hedgerow volunteer days
14 January 2014: Research and innovation for commercial smallholders
ORC workshop at the Oxford Real Farming Conference
10 January 2014: Tom Archer feeds silage to pigs
The Archers promotes the benefits of silage
9 January 2014: Evidence for the biodiversity benefits of organic farming
New meta-analysis published
6 January 2014: Farmers guide to biogas
How to implement a biogas project
21 December 2013: Christmas greetings from the Organic Research Centre!
and a Happy New Year!
18 December 2013: Congratulations to Henry!
ORC researcher passes PhD
16 December 2013: ORC Bulletin 114 is now out!
Autumn issue now available to download
16 December 2013: Community Composting courses in January
Community composting for local food growing
3 December 2013: Organic is the way forward for the future of family farming
United Nations International Year of Family Farming 2014
3 December 2013: Facts and figures on organic agriculture in the EU
Latest organic statistics from the EC
30 November 2013: Integrating Science & Policy to Promote Agroforestry in Practice
2nd European Agroforestry Conference
30 November 2013: SOLIBAM 3rd newsletter
Organic plant breeding news
28 November 2013: Don’t tow corporate line on seed: MEPs must protect public good
Seed is too important to leave it to vested interests
26 November 2013: Sustainable Organic and Low Input Dairying
SOLID News no. 4 now available
26 November 2013: Welsh government consultation on organic farming support
Organic support 2014- 2020
23 November 2013: International Symposium on Organic Greenhouse Horticulture
Report from Avignon
23 November 2013: UNEP report on global action to close emissions gap
Agroforestry should be scaled-up says report
20 November 2013: Call for organic research proposals
Pre-announcement of the CORE Organic Plus call
16 November 2013: Dormice at Elm Farm
Dormice confirmed in hedgerows
16 November 2013: Research funds and field labs
Research and field lab proposals invited
13 November 2013: CAP reform consultation workshops
Implementation of CAP Reform in England:
12 November 2013: Preliminary results from Wakelyns harvest
Selecting for straw and grain yield
31 October 2013: Defra CAP consultation
Consultation period opens in England
31 October 2013: Organic production in Wales - the future
Farming Connect and Organic Centre Wales open meetings
29 October 2013: The A Team Foundation challenge
Funding for food and farming projects
22 October 2013: Game-changing research priorities
Presentations to Soil Association conference
22 October 2013: Organic data network
4th workshop of EU project
15 October 2013: ORC Bulletin 113 is now out!
Bulletin 112 also now online
8 October 2013: Manifold green manures - part two
Alsike and crimson clovers
8 October 2013: European Parliament backs agroforestry
One million euros for agroforestry
1 October 2013: Hands-on-Hedges - Practice meets Policy
Promoting hedges in landscape
1 October 2013: Stricter rules for organic farming demanded
Results of EU consultation
24 September 2013: Breeding blight resistant potato varieties
24 September 2013: UN say 'Act before it is too late'
UNCTAD Trade and Environment report
17 September 2013: Questionnaire for seed companies
Organic market experiences wanted
17 September 2013: Final report on Protected Cropping
EC expert group reports
9 September 2013: Sustainable Horticulture Masters
Martin Wolfe scholarship
4 September 2013: Using legume-based mixtures
Final project report now online
22 August 2013: Plant breeding for diversity
New COBRA project leaflet
19 August 2013: Scandinavian group tours the UK
Growers and advisers visit organic vegetable farms
29 July 2013: Organic research and innovation platform
TP Organics, officially recognized by European Commission
25 July 2013: Wakelyns Agroforestry open day
Reports, photos and presentations from the day
22 July 2013: DairyCo Project
Improving forage analysis
18 July 2013: Woodland grazing
Farm Woodland Forum meeting
15 July 2013: Organic Centre Wales reborn
Work starts on new Welsh Government contract
11 July 2013: Greenhouse gas platform
ORC organises knowledge exchange workshop
9 July 2013: Managing and Understanding Landscape Change
French conference on tools for landscape stewardship
8 July 2013: Holistic approach needed for agricultural research
TP Organics stakeholder forum
4 July 2013: CAP Reform Deal
New opportunity for organic farming?
1 July 2013: Dairy farmers' opinions wanted!
SOLID questionnaire on novel strategies
27 June 2013: IFOAM Organic World Congress 2014
Call for papers September deadline
24 June 2013: Eco-smallholdings in Devon
Planning permission granted on appeal
22 June 2013: Manifold green manures
Sainfoin and birdsfoot trefoil profiled
14 June 2013: Latest GHG Platform newsletter
Greenhouse gas inventory update
7 June 2013: ORC trains European Advisors
Workshop on sustainabilty tools
3 June 2013: SOLIBAM 2nd newsletter
Organic plant breeding news
30 May 2013: CSA survival report published
Key factors for CSA success in Wales
27 May 2013: Third SOLID newsletter
News on the latest dairy research
23 May 2013: Hedgerow survey volunteers needed
Enthusiasm, boots and natural history knowledge required!
20 May 2013: CORE Organic research seminar
European organic research projects brought together
17 May 2013: Copper-free farming in Europe
First newsletter published
14 May 2013: Funds to plant trees
New scheme targets organic farms
19 April 2013: Seminars with Iain Tolhurst
1-day practical sessions on organic farming
18 April 2013: UK consumer reactions to organic certification logos
Are they willing to pay more?
13 March 2013: Proceedings of the 2013 Evolutionary Breeding Symposium
Event looks at decentralized & diversified plant breeding
15 February 2013: SOLIBAM Sustainability Assessment meeting
Sustainability tools can identify areas for on-farm improvement
11 February 2013: EC launches public consultation
Opinions wanted on review of EU organic regulation
10 January 2013: Latest low input dairy findings
2nd SOLID Newsletter
7 January 2013: OSCAR's First Newsletter
Emerging results on couch grass
3 January 2013: Sustainability indicators from financial data?
Researchers publish report on possibility
31 December 2012: Sustainability training for advisers
ORC and IOTA participate in international initiative
19 December 2012: 13 ORC conference bursaries available
Agricultural/horticultural student, apprentices, trainees invited to apply.
17 December 2012: ORC Bulletin 111 published
Winter 2012 issue has been released...
10 December 2012: Hedgerow browsing survey
Do your cattle browse hedges? Tell us about it!
6 December 2012: SA Soil Symposium report
Coventry event generates fresh ideas
3 December 2012: Conference detailed programme available
Includes most speakers and presentation titles
19 November 2012: New report on soil biology
Managing soil biota to deliver ecosystem services
15 November 2012: Diverse swards for dairy herds
Farmers meet to see opportunities
12 November 2012: Organic policy study published
Swiss organic support effectiveness evaluated...
8 November 2012: Successful Organic Days in Cyprus
ORC contributes to EU research and policy event
5 November 2012: PRN membership launched
Join ORC’s Participatory Research Network now!
1 November 2012: EU support for agroforestry grows
EURAF conference gains support from EU Parliament...
29 October 2012: ICOPP project meeting held
EU researchers review progress at FAI Oxford farm...
25 October 2012: ORC Bulletin 110 published
Autumn issue features tree forage, earthworms...
26 September 2012: IFOAM Animal Husbandry Conference
Successful event concludes in Hamburg
22 September 2012: ORC Agroforestry PhD student wins prize
Alexa Varah best presentation at young researchers’ conference...
18 September 2012: Agroforestry around the world
Stephen Briggs’s Nuffield tour report published...
14 September 2012: Public goods paper published
ORC- developed farm appraisal tool focus of publication...
6 September 2012: OCW holds Welsh CSA event
Networking opportunity in BOBL project
3 September 2012: GHG action plan delivers
Committee on Climate Change supports initiative
31 August 2012: IOTA Nutrient Budgeting Workshop planned
October event to examine nutrient budgeting tools...
28 August 2012: European STOAS project starts
New project supports advisor sustainability training
23 August 2012: Research needs and priorities survey
Have your say on organic/agro-ecological research...
22 August 2012: Organic policy evaluation published
DG Agri commissioned report reviews EU support...
27 July 2012: SOLIBAM congress challenges breeding approaches
ORC’s Sally Howlett and Martin Wolfe attend Rome event...
25 July 2012: ORC launches £100k funding appeal
Publication of 2011 annual report shows what can be achieved...
23 July 2012: OSCAR cover crops project starts
EU FP7-funded project to develop improved cropping systems...
18 July 2012: Bulletin 109 published
New ORC Bulletin features apples, baking quality, E. coli, policy support and yields...
16 July 2012: Reading student agro-forestry project
Help sought from farmers interested in agroforestry...
13 July 2012: Organic Farm Incomes report published
2011 report shows organic farming maintaining similar profitability levels to conventional...
11 July 2012: IOTA Agro-forestry Workshop
Stephen Briggs’ Whitehall Farm to be focus of event targeting trainers and advisors...
27 June 2012: Bio-economy must include agro-ecology and public goods
ORC’s Susanne Padel takes a critical look at the EU’s research plans...
24 June 2012: UK organic statistics meeting
ORC to host July meeting to improve organic market data...
20 June 2012: Rio +20 Global Sustainability Summit
ORC to attend and report from Rio +20 this week...
19 May 2012: GHG Action Plan reports progress
Agricultural industry’s action plan to reduce greenhouse gas emissions on track...
16 May 2012: ORC benefits from charity software deals
Charity Technology Exchange provides invaluable support for ORC’s IT development...
13 May 2012: Organic farming beneficial for climate change
FAO-sponsored RTOACC hear evidence on organic farming’s impact at ORC...
11 May 2012: Growers to breed own seeds
OGA workshop looks at approaches to on-farm breeding of open-pollinated seeds
2 May 2012: Transatlantic Partnership makes food connections
ORC joins US food campaigners, researchers and students in debating future food systems...
30 April 2012: SAC-SEPA conference on valuing ecosystems
ORC researchers present research outcome to Scottish conference.
27 April 2012: Prince’s Charity to support organic development
ORC to participate as lead research partner in SA programme
24 April 2012: FAO releases new Sustainability Pathways website
Organic farming, sustainability assessment and other project and conference initiatives included...
22 April 2012: EU Organic Congress debates CAP reform and organic regulations
Susanne Padel presents results of organic farming policy study
13 April 2012: Seed exchange networks
ORC contributes to review of novel approach to biodiversity conservation...
10 April 2012: ORC Bulletin 108 (Spring 2012) published
Featuring ORC conference report, biodiversity in agroforestry systems, on-farm lettuce breeding and much more...
6 April 2012: SOLID on-farm dairy research workshop
On the 3rd May, producers are invited to get involved with ideas and projects...
29 March 2012: TAP Food Connections conference
Transatlantic Project ends with Maine conference...
26 March 2012: Healthy agriculture – new ORC project
What does healthy soil, plants, animals, people, environment really mean?
7 March 2012: Legume workshop highlights benefits of mixtures
IOTA’s event proves popular and inspiring...
2 March 2012: CERTCOST recommendations published
Key recommendations on improving organic certification systems now on-line...
28 February 2012: New ORC eco-agroforestry publications
Two review papers by ORC researchers are published on-line...
25 February 2012: Organic crop breeding book published
ORC’s Thomas Döring and Martin Wolfe contribute chapter on pest and disease management...
22 February 2012: 1st Solibam Stakeholder Congress
Rome event to debate role of diversity in low-input and organic systems...
19 February 2012: IOTA to merge with ORC
ORC to focus on supporting all advisors and trainers and to end its commercial Organic Advisory Service...
16 February 2012: Reduced tillage project needs you!
The TILMAN-ORG project is asking producers to join survey of reduced tillage and/or green manures...
13 February 2012: European organic market data network started
ORC part of EU-funded project to improve market data availability...
10 February 2012: What is plant health? New ORC-led publication
Research paper led by ORC’s Thomas Döring and Martin Wolfe reviews the philosophies underlying plant protection...
6 February 2012: European Agroforestry Federation (EURAFF) established
ORC joins as a founding member of EURAFF at Paris meeting in December 2011...
3 February 2012: OCW loses core funding
Welsh Government cuts funding for Welsh OCIS and OCW core activity.
31 January 2012: New publication on climate change and plant diseases
ORC’s Thomas Döring has contributed to a recently published review paper on the impact of climate change on plant diseases.
27 January 2012: Agroforestry workshop explores integrating top fruit and arable
Cider growers and arable farmers met at an ORC workshop on 14th December 2012 to discuss benefits of mixing trees and crops...
24 January 2012: Reducing organic top fruit copper use – new ORC project
In January 2012, a new EU-funded project “Innovative strategies for copper-free low input and organic farming systems” (Co-Free) started at ORC...
12 January 2012: Free farm visits for (O)ELS participants
In autumn 2011, Natural England launched a new service of one-to-one farm visits to help farmers in Entry Level Stewardship (ELS) get the most out of their agreements...
9 January 2012: Plant virus control review paper published
ORC’s Thomas Döring reviews the potential and limitations of epidemiological approaches for virus control...
4 January 2012: Miguel Altieri to address ORC conference and London audiences
Prof. Miguel Altieri of Berkeley University, California, will address several UK audiences in a tour of the UK from 17-19th January 2012...
28 November 2011: ORC submits evidence on CAP Greening to EFRA Select Committee
ORC has been continuing its engagement with CAP Reform issues, submitting evidence to Parliament and updating its website...
25 November 2011: Portuguese develop new organic action plan
ORC’s Nic Lampkin attended a conference on a future national policy for organic farming in Lisbon on 18th November, marking the start of Portuguese organic week...
23 November 2011: IFOAM EU conference on resource efficiency and food security
ORC’s Susanne Padel attended the IFOAM EU Group’s conference in Brussels on 9th November 2011...
21 November 2011: First Solibam newsletter launched
The first newsletter of the EU-funded research project Strategies for Organic and Low-Input Integrated Breeding and Management (SOLIBAM), has been published...
17 November 2011: New guide to farmer experiences with homoeopathy
Homoeopathy at Wellie Level have published a new guide...
14 November 2011: New reduced tillage research project starts at ORC
In September 2011, the Organic Research Centre began work on a new project – “Reduced tillage and green manures for sustainable organic cropping systems”...
13 November 2011: Results of Potato Virus Y study published
One of the most serious diseases of potato is caused by Potato Virus Y (PVY)...
7 November 2011: Bulletin 106 (Autumn 2011) published
The Autumn issue of ORC's printed Bulletin has been published hot on the heels...
31 October 2011: ORC 2010 Annual Report published
ORC's annual report...
27 October 2011: CAP Reform proposals mean big changes for organic from 2014
ORC researchers today present to OCW’s Welsh Organic Conference...
24 October 2011: Does nature know best? New ORC research paper published
In an article published in the on-line journal Sustainability on 17th October 2011, researchers at the Organic Research Centre review the advantages and disadvantages of evolutionary plant breeding...
20 October 2011: Feeding non-ruminants organically – new project started at ORC
On 1st October 2011, a new project “Improved contribution of local feed to support 100% organic feed supply to pigs and poultry” started at ORC...
17 October 2011: EU Court of Auditors back organic as agri-environment scheme
In a report critical of many Member State agri-environment schemes, the European Court of Auditors has backed organic farming recognising...
8 October 2011: New window for Welsh Organic Farming Conversion Scheme '12 Opens
Information about new window for OFCS applicants.
2 October 2011: Lower Prevalence of Antibiotic Resistance
A study published this month in Environmental Health Perspectives has found lower antibiotic resistance on newly organic farms compared to conventional farms in the US...
16 August 2011: Participatory Research and Demonstration Network Launched
The Organic Research Centre’s Participatory Research & Demonstration Network was launched at Abbey Home Farm...
9 July 2011: Elm Farm Organic Summer Festival
900 people came down to Hamstead Marshall on Saturday 9th July to the Elm Farm Summer Festival...
8 July 2011: German speaking reviewers wanted!
We are looking for German speaking reviewers with experience in Organic Farming for the evaluation of the German Organic Farming Research Programme (BÖL).
28 May 2011: Organic Research Centre seeks new Chair of Council of Management
25 May 2011: Food riots vs. land of milk and honey 2.0
25 May 2011: E-Learning Course on Sustainable Food Systems
Are you interested in an international, interactive and online discussion on what sustainable agriculture, food production, distribution and consumption should look like and how we can deal with the upcoming issues of water scarcity, climate change and population growth?
12 April 2011: English OCIS closed at the end of March 2011
The provision of information and free on-farm visits under the Organic Conversion Information Service in England ended on 31st March 2011.
24 March 2011: Scientific evidence supports the use of crop diversity
A review paper published this month (Mar 2011) found “overwhelming” evidence that diverse plant communities are more productive than simple monocultures.
8 March 2011: Biodiversity studies confirm organic benefits
OCW has published a review of the scientific literature on the biodiversity impacts of organic farming.
4 March 2011: RELU Scale Summary Report
SCALE does matter. Organic farming delivers the goods.
24 February 2011: Agroforestry Survey
If you are a producer you can now take part in our short online survey on the extent to which UK producers currently use the woody components on their land.
27 January 2011: Bulletin 103 published
The new issue of the ORC Bulletin has been published...
14 October 2010: Government closes ACOS
The Coalition Government has today confirmed that...
29 July 2010: Recognition of Sacrifices and Commitment
On Friday 16th July, Bernward Geier, former Director of IFOAM, presented ORC with ...
1 January 2010: An IOTA review of organic research
The series of IOTA Technical Leaflets provides a summary of the key practical farming recommendations arising from organic research...
23 September 2009: 2010 ORGANIC PRODUCERS’ CONFERENCE
Call for Papers and Workshop proposals
14 September 2009: Organic farming conversion scheme opening in Wales
The Welsh Assembly Government has announced the opening of an Organic Farming Conversion Scheme. Farmers will be able to apply to join the scheme between 15 September 2009 and 30 September 2009.
14 September 2009: It’s not rocket science
Groundsel found in packaged rocket in Germany
19 July 2009: Making the low carbon economy work
Technological and economic initiatives alone will not be enough to bring about the radical change needed to combat runaway global warming...
10 July 2009: Opening of new conference and education facilities
This summer at The Organic Research Centre we are very pleased to announce...
9 May 2009: Swine Flu mutates again as complacency grows
There have been warnings this week from business leaders against complacency about swine flu. Although the UK’s Chief Medical Officer has ...
20 February 2009: Warm praise from Farm Commissioner
EU Farm Commissioner Marian Fischer Boel has made clear her own enthusiasm for organic farming and organic regulation at the 20th anniversary Biofach exhibition in Nuremberg, Germany...
16 February 2009: The return of set-aside
Cash for farmers to leave land uncultivated as wildlife habitat (set-aside) is on its way back into UK farm policy. Farmers themselves are to be asked to...
12 February 2009: Go to work on an egg - with confidence
Good news at last for hard pressed egg producers – organic or otherwise. A University of Surrey team has declared that most people can eat as many eggs as they want without damaging their health. The researchers analysed...
5 February 2009: Surrey FMD report - any lessons learned?
The Government has accepted all 26 of the main recommendations made by Sir Iain Anderson on the response to the Surrey 2007 outbreak of Foot and Mouth Disease (FMD), says the Environment Secretary Hilary Benn. Sadly, there still remains a dismal lack of focus by Government and Ministers on the use of preventative vaccination for ...
30 January 2009: Bluetongue update
Bluetongue serotype 1 (BTV-1) has now spread across France as close to the UK as Brittany...
15 January 2009: Movement or market debate at ORC 2009 conference
An impressive gathering of farmers, producers and advisers (over 180 in total) assembled at the Organic Research Centre Producer Conference 2009 at Harper Adams University in Shropshire - January 6th and 7th - to discuss a range of technical and policy matters. Where are ...
26 September 2008: Movement or market?
An impressive gathering of farmers, producers and advisers (over 180 in total) assembled at the Organic Research Centre Producer Conference 2009 at Harper Adams University in Shropshire - January 6th and 7th - to discuss a range of technical and policy matters
25 September 2008: The end of pesticides in the EU?
MEPs have voted in the European Parliament to tighten the EU rules on pesticide use...
20 September 2008: Barbarians at the gate:
Comment from ORC on idea of organic holidays
19 September 2008: Bulletin 92
15 September 2008: New edition of OFMH 2009
The eighth edition of the Organic Farm Management Handbook comes out in challenging times
13 September 2008: Feeding the World Conference success
The QE2 Conference Centre in Westminster (November 12th 2008) saw over 130 delegates and speakers in hot debate about the failure of GM crop technology to deliver anything on the promises of twenty years ago. In stark contrast speaker after speaker pointed to agro-ecological approaches (including organic agriculture) as extremely attractive sustainable farming and food options, especially in a world fast running out of oil.
8 September 2008: Organic to blame for hungry Africa
Anti organic speech from Sir David King – let them eat GM.
9 June 2008: Taking the pulse of organic animal health
ORC Organic Animal Health Colloquium
21 April 2008: Brave new world of sustainable cereals
The future focus of European cereal production will be on low input (possibly organic) systems which deploy genetically diverse crops through either varietal mixtures or composite cross populations. These crops will contribute to a multifunctional agriculture.
10 March 2008: Bulletin 91
20 January 2008: Bulletin issue 89
20 January 2008: Bulletin issue 90
25 August 2007: Bulletin Issue 88
Bulletin Issue 88
22 August 2007: Bulletin Issue 87
8 May 2007: Sheep Scab Defeats Organic Production?
An animal health crisis is threatening the future viability of organic sheep production in the UK.
13 February 2007: Bulletin Issue 86
13 February 2007: Bulletin Issue 85
13 February 2007: Bulletin Issue 84
13 February 2007: Bulletin Issue 83
13 February 2007: Bulletin Issue 82
9 August 2006: Battling on for Avian Flu preventive vaccination
Article from EFRC's Bulletin issue 84
20 July 2006: Vaccination Nation
House of Commons hears EFRC analysis on
: Bulletin 102 published
The new issue of the ORC Bulletin has been published...