14 July 2020
Land sharing and sparing

OF&G and Agricology webinar

6 September 2021
Organic World Congress 2021

New date! Postponed from September 2020



3 July 2020
Environmental Land Management: consultation reopens

Interactive online seminars throughout July

29 June 2020
Benefits and challenges of herbal or diverse leys

Opportunities for farmer involvement



29 April 2020
Tim Bennett is the new Chair of ORC

Former NFU president takes on chairmanship of Organic Research Centre

OELS/OHLS new options in 2013

Several changes have been made to the English Environmental Stewardship scheme with some options downgraded, others improved and some new ones of high relevance to organic producers. This session will explore the changes and the opportunities for OELS and OHLS participants.
Peter Melchett (Soil Association): Chair

Steve Bellingham (Natural England): Overview of the scheme changes
Alison Smyth (Abacus): Making use of the new options creatively to support your organic system
Caroline Corsie (Lower Smite Farm): What’s the wildlife benefit and impact on my management regimes?

CAP Reform: Latest developments and Defra implementation plans

The CAP Reform plans are slowly taking shape, with budgetary decisions affecting possible future options. Implementation may however be delayed until 2015 and uncertainty surrounds the transition process. This session will provide an update on recent CAP reform developments and examine the implications for UK organic support.
Nic Lampkin (ORC): Chair

Christopher Stopes (IFOAM EU Group): CAP reform from the perspective of EU organic/environmental movements
Rob Macklin (National Trust): Implementing CAP reform in the UK – key issues
Kevin Ruston (Defra): Defra’s preliminary plans for organic support in England after CAP reform

Anaerobic digestion: farm-scale options & digestate use

Anaerobic digestion continues to invite interest and comment with larger scale systems tending to show greater promise. This session will report on developments in small-scale systems and the role of AD in nutrient cycling.

Laurence Smith (ORC) Chair:

Dr Kurt Möller (University of Hohenheim): Effects of AD on nutrient cycles and availability
Dr Clare Lukehurst (Task 37): Small-scale farm anaerobic digestion
Richard Tomlinson (Calon Wen): On-farm AD: a farmer’s experience

Making farming more sustainable: tools for the job

This session seeks to improve the understanding of what sustainable farming and growing is really about, to explain the use of the tools available, and to motivate farmers and advisers to use them. (Organised by IOTA)

Mark Measures (IOTA): Chair

William Waterfield (Consultant): Farm assessments to develop organic farming sustainability
Laurence Smith (ORC): Carbon benchmarking tools and how they help reduce energy and emissions
Christine Watson (SRUC): Nutrient budgeting for rotations, manures and mineral fertilisers