22 June 2017
Agroforestry 2017

Improving productivity for farmers and foresters

6 July 2017
National Organic Combinable Crops (NOCC) 2017

OF&G's flagship event will be held in Hampshire



17 March 2017
Multi-agency GM potato objection

ORC joins with others to express concerns over GM potato trial

10 March 2017
Countryside Stewardship opens for 2017

The third year of the Countryside Stewardship scheme is open for applications



1 February 2017
The future of UK organic support

Defra minister announces continued support post-Brexit

Research and development

Recent articles

ORCís research programme focuses on organic/agro-ecological approaches to food and farming in order to:

    a) improve the productivity and sustainability of such approaches and to address key technical problems where current practice falls short of organic/agro-ecological principles

    b) Evaluate, with a view to improvement, the wider impacts of such systems, in particular the delivery of ecosystem services ; pollution, resource use and biodiversity impacts; greenhouse gas emissions and potential for climate change mitigation; food security, food sovereignty and sustainability of food systems; as well as food quality, safety and human/animal health and wellbeing.

ORC believes, and has demonstrated, that organic agricultural research should be conducted within established and well-functioning organic systems, on a scale large enough to include the range of interactions inherent within diverse agro-ecosystems. Much of the research we carry out is field-based on commercial farms reflecting the importance we place on a participatory/ farming systems research approach.

The research programme is co-ordinated by Dr Bruce Pearce with support from our Principal Scientific Advisor Prof. Martin Wolfe, Socio-economic Team Leader Dr. Susanne Padel and other members of the research team.

Research areas

Farmers' Organic Research Club


Putting the producer at the heart of research, innovation and knowledge exchange.

Plant breeding

Increasing resilience in crops through breeding and assessment of pure lines, landraces, variety mixtures and populations.

Soils and cropping systems

Developing systems and their components, including reduced tillage and cover crops, to make crop production more sustainable.

Agroforestry

Integrating trees with agriculture to increase productivity, biodiversity and other mutual benefits.

Biodiversity and agro-ecology

Understanding and enhancing the contribution of biodiversity and ecosystem health to sustainable food production sytems.

Livestock systems

Developing sustainable livestock systems with a focus on nutrition, health and welfare in a whole farm context.

Environment, sustainability and health

Optimising the costs, benefits and interactions of multi-functional systems to deliver sustainable resource use.

Business and markets

Assessing the contribution of specialist markets, certification and policies to supporting financial, economic and sustainability.

Food quality and health

Understanding the concepts of health in systems and organisms and how production methods can influence health and product quality.

Research events

22 February 2012 1st Solibam Stakeholder Congress: Rome event to debate role of diversity in low-input and organic systems...

Recent articles

Multi-agency GM potato objection: ORC joins with others to express concerns over GM potato trial More...

UK organic market tops £2 billion: Soil Associationís 2017 Organic Market Report is out More...

The Basics of Soil Fertility: Shaping our relationship to the soil More...

Creeping thistle: Successful control in organic farming More...

Soil Farmer of the Year competition launched for the second year: Sharing best practice and innovation through championing farmers who are improving their soils More...

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