3 October 2019
Beneficial insects in organic greenhouses

Workshop for growers at Northdown Orchard, Hants

23 October 2019
Soil nutrient management

A workshop with Mark Measures



17 September 2019
The Diversification Cluster web page has been launched!

Six Horizon 2020 projects are working together in the crop diversification cluster

10 September 2019
Agroforestry benefits natural enemies and pollinators

Evaluating the effects of integrating trees into temperate arable systems on pest control and pollination



21 March 2019
In adversity, what are farmers doing to be more resilient?

Opportunities, barriers and constraints in organic techniques helping to improve the sustainability of conventional farming

Greenhouse gas emissions from grassland systems

Grassland farms are sometimes criticised for their levels of greenhouse gas emissions. How real is the problem and how easy is it to take action?
(Organised by SRUC)
Christine Watson (Scottish Rural College): Chair

Dave Roberts (SRUC): Dairy farming systems and the environment
Ross Paton (Torr Farm): Practical on-farm measures
John Kay (National Trust): Comparing the carbon footprint of different beef systems

Soil management for grassland systems

Soil quality and condition is vitally important in grassland farming. There are fewer opportunities for physical intervention compared to cropping systems but much can be done without resorting to the plough. This session will present a range of approaches to address grassland soil problems.
Mark Measures (IOTA/ORC): Chair

Heather McCalman (IBERS): PROSOIL 2 years on
Jon Wilson (Holt Farms, Yeo Valley): Practical soil management and role of soil analysis
Elizabeth Stockdale (University of Newcastle): Supporting soil biota in grassland systems - learning from practice

Enhancing biodiversity on dairy farms

There is an increasing level of interest from dairy farmers in how to increase biodiversity levels on their farms. This session looks at trees on farms and at biodiversity in the sward, and will provide guidance on biodiversity improvement. (Organised with OMSCo and Woodland Trust)
Jo Smith (ORC): Chair

Mike Townsend (Woodland Trust): Trees on livestock farms
Henry Edmunds (Cholderton Estate)

Henry Edmunds, who won the RSPB/Telegraph Nature of Farming Award in 2012, has had to withdraw for family reasons. Aspects of his presentation and achievements will be reflected in the presentation by Gethin Davies.

Gethin Davies (RSPB): The nature of dairy farming

Pasture-fed for life

The Pasture Fed Livestock Association (PFLA) was formed to champion the virtues of pasture and to provide a distinct identity for livestock systems that are based purely and simply on pasture. This session will provide a detailed insight into what they do and why they do it. (Organised by PFLA)
Phil Stocker (National Sheep Association): Chair

John Turner (PFLA): Background to PFLA and Pasture Fed certification
Anna Bassett (PFLA): The benefits of Pasture Fed production
Dan Bull (Sheepdrove Organic Farm): Why should farmers just feed grass to their cattle and sheep!