5 June 2019
Integrating Farming and Forestry

Farm Woodland Forum annual meeting

2 July 2019
Trees and Livestock - Buckinghamshire

Agroforestry Innovation Newtork Meeting



23 April 2019
The Spring Bulletin No.127 is out!



17 April 2019
Formal objection to GM potato crop trial

Plans for new GM crop trial raise objections from leading environmental and farming organisations



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

Breeding for organic crops

The need for organic plant breeding and variety testing has been talked about for a long time but little has been done. These workshops aimed to investigate what is needed from organic plant breeding, the threats and opportunities that the so called ‘novel breeding techniques’ might offer as well as look at an innovative and novel approach to variety testing.

Approaches to variety testing

Chaired by Andrew Trump (Organic Arable) with panel discussion including Simon Oxley (AHDB), Ambrogio Costanzo (Organic Research Centre) and Mark Lea (Green Acres Farm)

This session focused on the results from the 2017/18 organic winter wheat LIVESEED trials. We discussed opportunities and challenges presented by the participatory model, how we envisage the approach expanding and options for ongoing funding.

Approaches to variety testing

Seed breeding: How will varieties fare in the field, mill and bakery?

Session chaired by Steven Jacobs (OF&G) with a panel discussion featuring Andrew Wilkinson (Gilchesters Organics), Gemma Clarke (Cope Seeds & Grain) and Edward Dicken (Harper Adams University)

This session on organic plant breeding aimed to investigate two areas: what approaches are desired and possible for organic plant breeding; and what traits do we most need and want in field and in processing?/p>

Novel breeding techniques: do they have a role?

Chaired by Pat Thomas (Whole Health Agriculture) with Bruce Pearce (Organic Research Centre) and Charlotte Bickler (Organic Research Centre)

Bruce Pearce of ORC

A practical session reviewing the outputs of a workshop onwhat opportunities and threats the new gene-editing technologies pose for the UK organic sector. Discuss the implication of these techniques to help form our outlook going forwards.