10 May 2017
Tree fodder: food for thought?

Does tree fodder have a role to play in today’s livestock farming in the UK?

22 June 2017
Agroforestry 2017

Improving productivity for farmers and foresters



20 April 2017
Innovative Farmers now free to join

Easier access to innovation as membership fees scrapped

19 April 2017
Sustainability of permaculture, organic and conventional farms

Seeking farms for sustainability assessments



1 February 2017
The future of UK organic support

Defra minister announces continued support post-Brexit

Business and markets projects

Current projects

Project title (acronym)FunderDescription
CEreal REnaissance in Rural Europe: embedding diversity in organic and low-input food systems (CERERE)EU Horizon 2020The project will promote innovation through diversity-based ‘alternative’ cereal food systems in Europe through knowledge exchange and communities of practice adopting a bottom-up approach in multi-actor network.

Completed projects

Project title (acronym)FunderDescription
Distribution of the added value of the organic food chainDG AGRIThe study aims to identify and analyse the distribution of added value in the organic supply chain in the European Union.
European Data Network for Improved Transparency of Organic Markets (ODN)European Commission (FP7)The project aims to increase the transparency of the European organic food market through better availability of market intelligence about the sector to meet the needs of policy makers and actors involved in organic markets.
Evaluation of the German Programme for Organic Food and Farming Research (BOEL evaluation)Bundesanstalt fuer Landwirtschaft und Ernaehrung, BonnThe Programme for Organic Agriculture (BÖL) was set up in 2001 by the German Ministry of Food, Agriculture and Consumer Protection (then BMVEL); the relevance, effectiveness and resource efficiency of its research component was evaluated in this project.
Organic Farm Incomes in England and WalesDEFRAAnalysis of financial performance of organic farming in terms of profitablity and enterprise persformance relative to previous years and in comparison to conventional based on the FBS/Defra Data Archive for 2009/10
Economics Analysis of Certification Systems in Organic Food and Farming (Certcost)EC FP 7The main project objective is to generate research based knowledge on how to improve the organic food certification system in terms of efficiency, transparency and cost effectiveness.
Use and efficiency of public support measures addressing organic farming in the EU (AGRIEVAL)DG AgricultureThe project analyses public support measures addressing organic farming in relation to impact on number of organic farms, organic land area, market development and policy coherence.
Farm Accountancy Cost Estimation and Policy Analysis of European Agriculture (FACEPA)European Commission (sub-contract from vTI)Assist with the identification of cost of production for specific organic enterprises and environmental indicators using farm accountancy data (FADN)
The Potential for Extending Economic Farm-Level Benchmarking to Environmental and Other Aspects of Farm Performance (EBM)DEFRADesk study exploring the potential to extend farm-level financial and technical benchmarking to cover the areas of energy use, greenhouse gas emissions, animal welfare and agri-environment and management practices.