25 January 2018
Trees on livestock farms

AFINET meeting - Shropshire

15 February 2018
Trees on arable farms

AFINET meeting - Cambridgeshire



18 January 2018
OK-Net EcoFeed launched

New project launched for organic pig and poultry farmers to find solutions for 100% use of organic and regional feed

17 January 2018
Agroforestry innovation leaflets published

Factsheets produced by AGFORWARD on Innovation and best practice



19 January 2018
Inspirational farmer-partner wanted for organic research farm

ORC wishes to appoint an inspirational share-farmer partner to manage its 80 ha Elm Farm in Berkshire from November 2018.

2014 Organic Producers' Conference

Intensive sustainability or sustainable intensification - which way forward for organic farming?

ORC’s annual Organic Producers’ Conference is the event where organic and other producers interested in ecological approaches to sustainable food production come together with researchers and advisers to share ideas on making agriculture perform better, for businesses and society.

With the recent launches of Defra’s CAP consultation and Sustainable Intensification Research Platform, as well as the government’s Agri-Tech Strategy, is there any place left for organic farming and similar agro-ecological approaches to sustainable food production?

Are the concept of sustainable intensification and the new strategies broad enough to not only focus on techno-fixes or can we find better ecological and knowledge-based solutions to meeting sustainability challenges?

Is producing ever more food really the priority, or are the climate change, environmental pollution, soil and water degradation and biodiversity loss problems now too great? Should our real focus be on intensifying the sustainability of our food systems, rather than intensifying production with questionable sustainability benefits?

We restructured our traditional conference format to enable participants to debate these questions and help find real, innovative solutions.

Session Proceedings

Plenary Sessions

Sustainability round table

Arable Workshops

Horticulture Workshops

Grassland Workshops

Livestock Workshops

Other Workshops

Full conference programme and room layout

Previous conference proceedings

You can find proceedings of previous conferences .

Sponsored by:

The ORC Organic Producers’ Conference is organised with the active support of:

This project has been supported through the Rural Development Programme for England, which is jointly funded by Defra and the European Union