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Forum discusses the Organic Future

Forum discusses the Organic Future
24-09-2012 08:34 AM | Cereal, Crops, Market Reports, News, Organic, Arable
US maize and soya prices show decline
As we have whinged previously, it would appear that sometimes the USDA tells the truth, and sometimes…..well, sometimes it fudges the issue. So last w...
20-09-2012 10:59 AM | Arable, Cereal, Crops, News, Organic, Property News
Hundreds march to Brussels calling for farming reforms
Protestors from the UK have joined the largest ever rally in Brussels calling for radical farming reform. The activists say the global food system...
18-09-2012 17:25 PM | News, NFU, Organic, Renewables
Calls to scrap EU biofuel plans 'short sighted'
Calls to scrap the biofuels element of the Renewable Energy Directive have been described as "staggeringly short shighted" by the National Farmers' Un...
06-09-2012 14:01 PM | Arable, Cereal, Crops, News, Organic
European court confirms right to cultivate GM crops
A decision by the European Court of Justice has clarified the legal requirements concerning the cultivation of GM crops within the European Union memb...
03-09-2012 16:55 PM | News, Organic
Organic category remains resilient
September has been called the organic month by the Soil Association as despite the recession, research has shown there is a positive future for the or...
31-08-2012 16:11 PM | Arable, Cereal, Crops, News, Organic
Growers should 'choose oilseed rape with care'
A new requirement on glucosinolate levels, set by European oilseed crushers, takes full effect for the 2013 crop and growers should pay careful attent...
31-08-2012 15:47 PM | Market Reports, News, Organic
Quality 'will win battle for US olive oil'
The United States olive oil market – the worlds third-largest for consumption – is poised to become a battleground between historic European producers...
17-08-2012 11:47 AM | News, NFU, Organic, Renewables, Arable, Cereal, Crops
International agreement opens biofuel market for arable farmers
Arable farmers will gain critical access to biofuel export markets after the Red Tractor and Scottish Quality Crops (SQC) schemes gained commercial re...
16-08-2012 15:52 PM | News, Organic, Produce
Global fish production reaches all-time high
Total global fish production, including both wild capture fish and aquaculture, reached an all-time high of 154 million tons in 2011, and aquaculture ...
10-08-2012 09:49 AM | News, Organic, Produce
Cameron accused of failing to address causes of food crisis
David Cameron has been accused by campaigners of 'failing to address the causes of the global food crisis' by suggesting that hunger can be solved by ...
01-08-2012 12:53 PM | Organic, Slurry and Irrigation, Arable, Cereal, Crops, News
Defra outlines future of pesticides with draft plan
The Department for Environment Food and Rural Affairs have issued a draft plan outlining the future of pesticide use in the UK. The action plan for...
31-07-2012 17:43 PM | Organic, Supermarkets, Cattle, Dairy, News
Dairy coalition vows to keep up pressure on retailers
Pressure will be kept on retailers who don't pay dairy farmers a fair price, members of the dairy coalition announced today. The coalition includes...
31-07-2012 15:09 PM | Cattle, News, Organic, Pigs, Sheep
Proposed changes to stocktaking rules welcomed
The Accounting Council have decided to make "fair value" for biological assets optional rather than mandatory as the minutes of their July meeting hav...
23-07-2012 15:51 PM | Cattle, Dairy, News, Organic, Produce, Supermarkets
Farmers agree dairy deal at Royal Welsh
Leaders of the dairy coalition have said they are putting "100 percent effort" into targeting retailers and major milk buyers to ensure dairy farmers ...
04-07-2012 17:42 PM | Poultry, Renewables, Animal Health, Cattle, News, Organic, Pigs
EU paves way for GM meat and milk
European Union officials are paving the way to bring genetically modified (GM) animals to the European market. European authorities have developed ...
02-07-2012 09:20 AM | News, Organic
ICM in carrots leads to successful Sclerotinia control
Recent showery weather has encouraged the continuing activity of sclerotia, according to the BASF and ADAS sponsored monitoring system for carrot grow...
Local food networks are 'under-recognised', says report
Despite the importance to the high streets and landscapes, local food markets are 'under-recognised' and poorly supported, a new report says. The ...
25-04-2012 06:55 AM | Produce, Organic, Supermarkets, News
Asda, Morrisons, Iceland ’worst offenders’ for healthy eating
A report launched today names Asda, Morrisons and Iceland as the "worst offenders" for undermining parents’ efforts to feed their chil...
24-04-2012 16:36 PM | Produce, Organic, Supermarkets, News
Fair play in grocery supply chain needed EU-wide
A new report has backed up calls for an effective adjudicator to police the UK Groceries Supply Chain Code of Practice. It concludes that the inte...
12-04-2012 08:36 AM | Feed and Forage, Organic, News
New organic regulation ’will give producers confidence’
The NFU has successfully lobbied for a new EU regulation on organic feed that will give producers confidence in the sector. The new regulation all...
05-04-2012 20:46 PM | Organic, News, Shows and Events
Natural and Organic Products reports successful show
The sixteenth edition of Europe’s leading annual trade show for the natural products, health food and organic sectors has been hailed a huge suc...
Complexity of soil debated at Vegetable Conference
A speaker from expert vegetable grower Produce World has given insight into new developments in soil management at a conference organised by Waitrose ...
08-03-2012 07:27 AM | Appointments, Produce, Feed and Forage, Organic, News
Scottish Food Advisory Committee appoints new members
Lord Rooker, Chair of the Food Standards Agency, today announced the appointment of three new members of the independent Scottish Food Advisory Commit...
05-03-2012 13:10 PM | Feed and Forage, Organic, News
Price not key factor in organic decline
Falling organic food sales in the UK reflect a growing recognition among British shoppers that benefits for the environment, healthy eating and animal...
05-03-2012 07:43 AM | Feed and Forage, Organic, News
Organic produce shows growth in Q4
Overall fresh produce retail prices were higher this quarter compared to Q4 2010, spurring dollar growth, but declining volume sales for some commodit...
20-02-2012 17:21 PM | Organic, News
Local partnership aids success for organic farmers
A leading player in the UK organic food sector has overcome the headache of finding skilled staff with the help of Midlands-based Network Recruitment ...
20-02-2012 07:35 AM | Produce, Feed and Forage, Organic, Supermarkets, News
New report highlights importance of local food
National charity CPRE publishes a new report into the economic and social value of local food to Ledbury just days before a crunch council meeting to ...
Versadrill practice guide gives advice for soil management
A new soil management guide from Versadrill manufacturer Sumo aims to help farmers avoid the issues that can arise from compacted soils - whether in a...
16-02-2012 10:28 AM | Arable, Cereal, Produce, Crops, Organic, News
Fury spring bean gets top marks from growers
As this season’s spring sowing season approaches, Fury spring bean is at the top of the list for many pulse growers. It is the fully PGRO-recom...
03-02-2012 11:47 AM | Arable, Cereal, Produce, Feed and Forage, Organic, News
British seed potato producers gear up for Fruit Logistica
After a busy export season in 2011, the British seed potato industry is set to reach new heights in 2012 by expanding existing and new markets, says P...
18-01-2012 11:58 AM | Organic, News, Renewables
Paice gives message of support to Organic Conference
The 6th ORC Organic Producers’ Conference at Aston University, Birmingham, opens today (Wednesday) with a strong message of support from Defra&r...
02-01-2012 13:14 PM | Organic, News, Shows and Events
Organic conference to debate key CAP Reform and Food Security issues
The annual ORC organic producer’s conference, to be held at Aston University, Birmingham from 18-19th January 2012, will be focusing on the pote...
30-11-2011 18:46 PM | Organic, Poultry, News
Potential crisis for organic poultry sector to be averted
Organic poultry farmers are being urged to carry on as normal after the European Commission announced it would not introduce immediate changes to mono...
30-09-2011 15:47 PM | NFU, Organic, Poultry, News
NFU lobbying secures important changes for organic poultry sector
Proposed regulation changes which would have had a devastating effect for organic poultry farmers have been averted, following extensive lobbying by t...
08-09-2011 05:11 AM | Crops, Organic, News
Organic wheat yields from Tewkesbury hit all time highs
Carl Gray of Grange Farm, Bredon, Tewkesbury, is celebrating all time high organic wheat yields, having yielded 7.3t/ha. (2.96t/acre) of Group 3 wheat...
06-09-2011 08:45 AM | Organic, News
Decline in organic food sales should lead to a decline in political influence
As sales of organic food in the UK fall for the third year in a row – a 25% drop since 2008 - and organic farmland conversion rates fall by more than ...
12-08-2011 06:13 AM | Organic, News
Better statistics essential for Organic sector
As the Government releases the latest UK statistics on organic food and farming a leading sector body has criticised the delay in sharing key market d...
29-07-2011 09:01 AM | Organic, News
Welsh government commit to Organic farming
The leading representative group of UK organic livestock farmers welcomes the announcement this week (26th July) by the new Deputy Minister for Agricu...
08-04-2011 11:26 AM | Grassland, Crops, CLA, Dairy, Organic, Cattle, News, Shows and Events
Lancashire herd lifts yields by 900 litres despite cutting feed inputs
A big increase in silage dry matter intakes on a Lancashire dairy farm has lifted milk production by 900 litres a cow and enabled feed costs to be cut...
05-04-2011 15:42 PM | Organic, News
Natural & Organic Awards 2011 Winners announced
The winners of the coveted Natural & Organic Awards were announced on Sunday 3 April at London Olympia’s Conference Centre, after the close of b...
24-02-2011 12:10 PM | Organic, News
Organic food fails the health and taste test
The findings of a two-year trial, published in the March 2011 edition of Which? Gardening magazine, found that there appeared to be few, if any, nutri...
31-01-2011 09:13 AM | Organic, Poultry, News
Organic eggs set for testing times
The year ahead could well be another testing one for organic egg producers. The recession has already hit organic egg sales. With the coalition Govern...
25-01-2011 19:44 PM | Organic, News
Yeo Valley sings success of 'rapping farmers'
The UK’s number one organic brand, Yeo Valley, can reveal that it has successfully grown its share of both the Adult Yogurt and Organic markets ...
West Midlands Project invites Farmers to Add Value
A West Midlands based Farming and Food Enterprise Development Project is hosting a variety of one day workshops across the West Midlands region, to in...
17-01-2011 08:06 AM | Dairy, Organic, News
Organic milk helps offset climate change
Wetter, cooler summers can have a detrimental effect on the milk we drink, according to new research published by Newcastle University. Researchers...
08-01-2011 08:48 AM | Organic, News
Britain 6th in European Organic consumption table
When it comes to buying organic, our European counterparts are far more aware of the benefits of organic than we are here in the UK according to a new...
07-01-2011 08:02 AM | Organic, News
Campaign highlights benefits of organic
The organic industry is launching a high profile 3-year campaign that is set to deliver sales growth by increasing consumer demand for organic food in...
14-12-2010 11:36 AM | Organic, News
Is globalised organic farming sustainable?
Organic farming can improve the standard of living for small farmers in developing countries but it can be difficult for them to find elbowroom on the...
14-12-2010 11:34 AM | Organic, Poultry, News
Organic production tastes good
Organic egg production not only means a better life for the hen; choosing the right breeds and the right feed can provide consumers with a better sens...
14-12-2010 11:33 AM | Dairy, Organic, News
Locally grown fodder for organic cows
With the right mix of herbs in roughage for cattle, many organic farmers can satisfy the vitamin and mineral requirements of their animals with home g...
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NFU launches farmer database to fight rural crime
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