6 November 2014
In conversation with Dan Rogerson MP

Meet the Minister

25 November 2014
National Soil Symposium 2014

Soil Association event precedes the ORC Organic Producers' Conference



18 October 2014
6th SOLID newsletter

Sustainable and organic low input dairying news

18 October 2014
Farm Crap app wins Innovation Award

Mobile manure app scoops prize at Soil Association Conference



18 July 2014
Prince of Wales visits Food & Farming Summer School

As part of his annual Food and Farming Summer School, HRH The Prince of Wales met with students and farmers at Eastbrook Farm in Wiltshire.

Institute of Organic Training and Advice

Information, training and accreditation for organic advisers and trainers

The Institute of Organic Training and Advice (IOTA) is a professional body for UK and Irish trainers, advisers and other extension workers involved in organic food and farming.

IOTA was borne out of a need for recognised standards of professional conduct on the one hand and better access to information, training and support for extension workers on the other.

The Institute is a division of Organic Research Centre (ORC); it is directed by Mark Measures and advised by a steering committee consisting of representatives from ORC, the Soil Association, OCW and independent adviser/trainer members.

Launched in 2005, IOTA was developed with support and funding from ADAS, Elm Farm Research Centre, Organic Centre Wales and Soil Association.

IOTA is grateful for the financial contributions from Natural England and Yeo Valley Organics and the support of Abacus Organic Associates.

Contact us

Membership and administration: Sarah Jameson (email: iota@organicresearchcentre.com ; tel: 01547 528546)
Director: Mark Measures (email:mark.m@organicresearchcentre.com; tel: 01588 640118)
Address: IOTA, Cow Hall, Newcastle-on-Clun, Craven Arms, Shropshire, United Kingdom, SY7 8PG

IOTA activities

European Advisers Training in which IOTA is a partner: “Different ways to enhance protein quality in the diet”. 14-16 May 2014. Belgium
Nutrient budgeting training in the course “Improving resource efficiency in crop and livestock production systems: tools and techniques”, 8 – 9 April 2014. Run by Nafferton Ecological Centre
Nutrient budgeting training course at Organic Research Centre 19 February 2014.
STOAS Sustainability Training for Organic Advisers 2012/14.

IOTA events

This year the IOTA Annual Conference will be incorporated into the Organic Research Centre’s 9th Organic Producer’s Conference, which runs from Wednesday 26th to Thursday 27th November 2014 in Solihull. Reduced rates are available for IOTA members!

The IOTA strand will focus on sustainable farming assessment and management and conversion planning. This will make the most of new opportunities for organic advisers offering conversion planning services under the new organic support schemes being considered in Wales and which we have proposed in England.

This two day ORC Organic Producer and IOTA adviser conference is being run in collaboration with the Soil Association which will hold its Soil Symposium on 25th November at the same venue. More info here.

Join IOTA


IOTA membership provides access to specialist services and publications.

Members' Area

Already a member? Access the information reserved for IOTA members.

Accreditation

IOTA accreditation provides producers and others assurance of organic competence.

Accredited advisers

Looking for an organic adviser or trainer? Access the IOTA database here.

CPD events and training

IOTA projects provide support and opportunities for continuing professional development.

Research dissemination

IOTA projects help make research accessible to advisers and trainers.



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