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OCW producer survey shows rise in organic sales from Welsh farms (23-07-2017)
The Organic Centre Wales 2016 producer survey report published this week has shown a rise in sales of organic products, despite a fall in the land area certified as organic in Wales. At the same time, there has been an...
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Glastir Organic 2017 applications – URGENT and VERY important (08-12-2016)
Offer letters were sent out to successful applicants for the 2017 Glastir Organic scheme earlier this week. The deadline for returning the signed letter is within 7 days of your receiving it. If you applied to the scheme in the...
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£1.5m Glastir Organic scheme to open (29-09-2016)
The Cabinet Secretary for the Environment and Rural Affairs, Lesley Griffiths, has announced an expression of interest window for a £1.5million scheme to support organic farmers and producers will open on the 17 October 2016. Successful applications for the Glastir...
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Golden era for the organic 'pinta' as profits rise (12-04-2016)
A new financial report published this month shows organic farm profits increasing, with organic dairy farming outperforming conventional dairy farming in England and Wales. This detailed financial report on organic farming in England and Wales for 2014/15, undertaken by the Organic...
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OCW founders recognised for contributions to UK agriculture (24-02-2016)
Nic Lampkin and Mark Measures of the Organic Research Centre have been awarded Associateships of the Royal Agricultural Societies in recognition of their contribution to UK agriculture and to research, advice and policy development for organic farming in particular Nic is...
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Nutritional benefits of organic food (23-02-2016)
Studies confirming the nutritional benefits of organic meat and milk, carried out at Newcastle University, have been published the “British Journal of Nutrition” . The benefits are mainly related to are higher levels of polyunsaturated and omega-3 fatty acids in...
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Introduction to organic certification for farmers and growers (08-12-2015)
In order to sell produce as organic, you must be registered with one of the control bodies (formerly known as organic certification bodies) listed on this sheet. They are private companies who are licensed by the UK government to enforce...
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Organic and conventional farm incomes on a par (10-11-2015)
The latest organic farm income report, released by the Organic Research Centre yesterday, show organic and conventional farm incomes to be very much on a a par income with one another. Organic and conventional dairying net margins were very similar,...
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Final evaluation of the BOBL Project (15-09-2015)
This is your last chance to provide feedback on the Better Organic Business Links (BOBL) project. The evaluation is part of capturing the lessons learnt over the last six years. The project has changed dramatically during this period...
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New RDP Schemes announced (10-08-2015)
The Royal Welsh Show saw a raft of new schemes being launched as part of the new RDP. Application windows for Expressions of Interest for: Sustainable Production Grants; the Food Business Investment Scheme; the Rural Community Development Fund; and the...
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23 days left to apply for Glastir Organic 2016 (10-08-2015)
The application window for Glastir Organic 2016 closes on 2 September. Tony Little from OCW said 'The new online system is really simple and quick, but if you are entering land into the scheme don't leave it to the last...
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Consultation on the future of the Organic Sector in Wales (27-07-2015)
There is still time to comment on the roadmap to guide the development of the organic sector in Wales up to 2020. The roadmap has been developed in recent months in consultation with sector stakeholders and was presented to the BOBL...
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Time for farmers to take a fresh look at organic farming. (17-07-2015)
That is the message from one of Wales' leading organic brands in welcoming an announcement by the Welsh Government that the Glastir Organic 2016 application window will open on 20 July 2015. Established in 2000, Narberth-based Calon Wen flies the flag...
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New website to help grow Welsh organic business (06-07-2015)
Interest in organic produce is on the increase and as a result a practical website has been launched by BOBL to help businesses in Wales wanting to develop in the organic sector. Developed by the Better Organic Business Links (BOBL)...
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Dates of Glastir Organic Application Window Announced (04-06-2015)
The Glastir Organic 2016 application window will open between 20 July and 2 September 2015. Tony Little from Organic Centre Wales said 'We welcome this announcement, which gives plenty of time for farmers to prepare. The first day of...
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BOBL Final Conference (27-05-2015)
The Welsh Government and EU funded Better Organic Business Links (BOBL) project held a closing conference in Builth Wells on 21 May. The conference brought together 60 delegates from organic supply chain businesses and stakeholders organisations. It...
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A Sustainable Future for Organics in Wales (20-05-2015)
The Welsh Government and EU funded Better Organic Business Links (BOBL) project is holding a strategy conference in Builth Wells on 21 May. The conference will look back on a challenging five years and set down a pathway to...
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Optimism in the UK organic market (20-03-2015)
Two recent events give rise for optimism in relation to the UK organic market. The Soil Association Market report was launched on the 24 Feb 2015 and the Organic Trade Board (OTB) held a trade briefing under the motto of...
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Growth of the European organic market (20-03-2015)
In 2013 the European organic market grew by approx. 6% to a value of more than 24 billion euros. Consumers in the European Union spent 22.2 billion euros on organic food and some countries such as Switzerland, Sweden and Norway...
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Organic food for students (18-03-2015)
Aberystwyth University has an organic food coop, thanks to some enterprising students and the Organic Fresh Food Company in Lampeter. Once a week, organic fruit and vegetables, mostly British grown, are on sale in the Students Union. Here, students can...
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Organic Holidays (20-01-2015)
If you want to add your campsite, farm or accommodation to the Organic Holiday website get in touch with Linda Moss lindamoss@organicholidays.com Organic Holidays T 01943 870791 Twitter: @ HolidayOrganic Pintrest
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Chester Food Assembly (12-01-2015)
Food Assembly is a social enterprise, supporting small scale food producers. We aim to work with farmers, food producers and growers who are working in sustainable ways, connecting them with local customers. Food Assembly is a famers market but it is...
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Organic food values (14-11-2014)
The food we buy reflects the values we hold. But what values lead people to choose organic? Can those values help create a sustainable food system? And are we putting the message out clearly enough? We are inviting everyone with...
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Small Producers Scheme - update (14-11-2014)
Work is progressing to develop a scheme that enables small producers to work together to access government support for which they would not be eligible for as individuals. Helping producers under 3 ha to get into Glastir Organic is a...
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Business plans (13-10-2014)
A significant issue for many producers in the new Glastir Organic scheme is the requirement for business plans to be submitted by the end of 2015. The Glastir Organic rules booklet specified that as a minimum, the plan will contain:...
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Guidance on applying for Glastir Organic (06-10-2014)
The application system for Glastir Organic is exclusively online (there is no paper based option) at www.wales.gov.uk/RPWOnline (search for RPW Online). If you don't already have an activation code, contact the RPW Customer Contact Centre on 0300 062 5004. Guidance...
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Application window for Glastir Organic open NOW (06-10-2014)
The new Glastir Organic scheme is open for business! The application window opened on 1 October and runs until 29 October, and everyone who wishes to receive organic support after the end of 2014 must apply in this period; you...
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Cooperative schemes for small producers (22-09-2014)
At face value, the requirement to enter more than 3 ha into Glastir Organic and to have more than 5 ha to receive Direct Payments means that some small producers, mainly horticultural growers, will miss out. David Frost and Tony...
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Poultry feed open day report (28-08-2014)
As part of OCW's project to make poultry feed more sustainable, we teamed up with Farming Connect to organise an open day on at Capestone Organic Poultry on 11 August. For a summary of novel approaches to feeding poultry, including...
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New Organic Regulation Proposal of EU (06-08-2014)
Susanne Padel and Lawrence Woodward of the Organic Research Centre attended the final of three stakeholder consultation meetings held by Defra on the New Organic Regulation Proposal of the EU Commission on 15 July. The aim of the meetings...
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Application window for Glastir Organic announced (29-07-2014)
Applications for the new Glastir Organic scheme will be invited between 29 September and the end of October. A series of meetings across Wales will be organised between 23 and 25 September help farmers with applications and to discuss the...
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Read Cymru Organig and see us at the Show (10-07-2014)
This year's Show is fast approaching, so please remember to come and visit the Organic stand which is located in its usual place in the Countryside Care Area (stand CCA807). This year, the stand will be focussing on details of...
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Welsh grain revival (23-06-2014)
The Welsh Grain Forum held its third meeting on Monday 16th June at Ewan Brook farm near Crickhowell and Talgarth Mill. The forum is a community of growers, millers, bakers, maltsters, brewers, thatchers and others committed to using and promoting...
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Announcing payment rates for the Glastir Organic Scheme (27-05-2014)
The Welsh Government has announced the new payment rates (subject to EU Approval) for 'Glastir Organic'. In a structural change to the previous scheme there is no specific support for arable crops, but other elements of Glastir have arable cropping...
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Welsh Grain Forum Field trip, 16 June (13-05-2014)
This event is for anyone who is interested in growing and using Welsh grain for food and drink rather than animal feed. It aims to build relationships between growers, millers, bakers, brewers and distillers and to help the different businesses...
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Aberystwyth Farmers' Market takes the top spot! (13-05-2014)
Aberystwyth farmers' market has been crowned the UK's best by BBC Radio 4's Food and Farming Awards, beating rivals from London and Belfast. The market is no stranger to awards and accolades, having previously been voted among the top 10...
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OCW response to Glastir Consultation (23-04-2014)
OCW responded to the Glastir consultation. The full text of the submission can be read here, but in essence they: • Agreed that the requirement to join the Entry level before accessing the other elements of Glastir should be removed and...
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New organic regulations (23-04-2014)
The International Federation of Organic Agriculture Movements has published a first response to the draft regulation and a full IFOAM response is under development. OCW partner the Organic Research Centre has published an article on the new regulation in...
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2013 Welsh Organic Producer Survey (23-04-2014)
Since the start of the New Year Organic Centre Wales have been giving frequent 'tasters' of the results from the 2013 survey conducted at the end of that year. All the number crunching has been done and the full report...
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RDP Consultation: have your say (20-03-2014)
The formulation of the new Rural Development Programme is coming to a conclusion, with the final consultation document out now. Tony Little from OCW went to a meeting to discuss the proposals recently and wrote this blog. Please take the...
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Soil Association Marketing Report 2014 (20-03-2014)
The Soil Association 2014 Organic Market Report shows a return to growth in the UK organic market in 2013 which is the first time since 2008. The total organic market grew by 2.8% in 2013 compared to the year before...
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Roger Kerr appointment (20-03-2014)
Roger Kerr has been announced as the new chief executive of Organic Farmers and Growers Ltd. (OF&G). Roger Kerr was a former director of Welsh organic milk co-operative Calon Wen and was most recently general manager of Proper Welsh Dairy...
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Wales Rural Development Programme 2014-2020: Final Proposals (19-02-2014)
This consultation invites comments on the Welsh Government's strategy and priorities for the delivery of the Wales Rural Development Programme 2014-2020. The Welsh Government has responsibility for preparing the RDP in Wales. This must meet three European Commission objectives: the competitiveness of...
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Welsh Government makes statement on future organic support (06-02-2014)
The Welsh Government has considered the responses to its consultation on organic farming support 2015 – 2020. Read the Ministers statement here and a summary of the responses here.
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NFU Cymru urges the Welsh Government to end uncertainty for organic producers (28-01-2014)
The Welsh Government must end the uncertainty for organic producers in Wales and support the sector in developing viable, profitable markets for Welsh organic produce, says NFU Cymru. This message comes as part of the Union's response to the Welsh...
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Proposals for the Glastir scheme (28-01-2014)
The Welsh Government now wishes to consult on the decisions it proposes to take for Glastir under the next RDP programming period, 2014 to 2020. Start of consultation: 23/01/2014 End of consultation: 28/03/2014 These proposals outline a future for agri-environment in Wales. They...
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Farmer Innovation Fund - Farming Connect offers groups of farmers up to £5,000 for innovative projects (24-01-2014)
Farming Connect is today launching a new funding scheme which will offer farmers up to £5,000 if they can come up with an innovative and practical project which will help improve production efficiencies while also protecting the environment. ...
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From strength to strength (16-01-2014)
Christmas has been a mixed period for major retailers, with like-for-like sales showing little increase and in some cases showing a significant fall. It's still early for smaller independent retailers and direct sellers to produce results, but an informal...
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Minister clamps down on late TB testing (08-01-2014)
Alun Davies, Minister for Natural Resources, is clamping down on farmers who are late getting their cattle tested for TB. As part of the bovine TB eradication programme, cattle keepers in Wales are required to get their cattle tested every 12...
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Organic Producer Survey (19-12-2013)
All organic producers have been contacted and all the required data collected for the 2013 Organic Producer Survey. Colleagues from Organic Centre Wales are analysing the information and send a big thank you to everyone that took the time to...
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Winter issue of Cymru Organig out now! (06-12-2013)
Download and read the Winter issue of Cymru Organig here, with articles on future organic support to Award Winning Producers!
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Richard Jacobs OF&G (04-12-2013)
It is with great regret that we note the death of Richard Jacobs, the chief executive of OF&G. Ref: OF & G news page Staff (both current and past) are deeply saddened by the news – Jake was a good 'friend' and...
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Organic Support over the next Rural Development Plan RDP (2014-2020) (27-11-2013)
On the 11th November 2013, the Welsh Government launched the consultation document which concerns the future structure of organic farming support in Wales under the next RDP with plans for their implementation in Wales from 2015. A summary of all...
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Organic Market Growth (27-11-2013)
There is now strong evidence emerging that the organic market is continuing to recover, with overall organic retail sales growing every month since April when compared with the year before figure. Particularly strong growths have occurred in certain sectors with...
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Government launches consultation on future organic support (15-11-2013)
Following the long-awaited agreements at European level on the future for CAP and the Rural Development Programme (RDP), plans are now being made for their implementation from 2015. The Welsh Government are now seeking views on the development of...
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The Future for Organic Production in Wales (31-10-2013)
Farming Connect and Organic Centre Wales (OCW) are collaborating to host three open meetings across Wales to discuss the future of organic production in Wales. Taking place in the second week of November, these meetings aim to provide producers with...
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Organic success at the Farmers Weekly 2013 Awards! (04-10-2013)
Two organic farms have tasted success this week at the prestigious Farmers Weekly Awards,hosted in London on the 3rd October. Rhug Estate in Corwen scooped not one but two awards, Lord Newborough was named Farmers Weekly Farmer of the...
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Llandovery Sheep Festival (04-10-2013)
Organic Centre wales had a successful couple of days at the recent Llandovery Sheep Festival. Featuring our Organic Wool Wales project, a collaboration between LLynfi Textiles, Ystrad Traditional Organics and Organic Centre Wales. The display showcasing the garments...
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Abergavenny Food Festival (04-10-2013)
Abergavenny Food Festival took place over Saturday the 21st and Sunday the 22nd September and we sponsored this year's Food Academy. Taking place in the Dome we had lots on offer for visitors including; butter churning, apple pressing, food...
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Nantclyd Farm scoops a Soil Association food award! (03-10-2013)
Local organic poultry farmer Liz Findlay has scooped this prestigious award for her delicious organic eggs produced in Aberystwyth, Ceredigion. Here's what the judges said: "Great yolk cooked dark, incredible flavour, thicker texture, one of the creamiest, old fashioned 'eggy'...
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The Horticulture Wales Awards 2013 (03-10-2013)
Following their first successful Horticulture Wales Awards in 2012, the awards are back this year and are now open for entries! Their 'Collaboration in Business' Award is open to nominations from groups of two or more businesses or organisations, at...
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2013 Welsh Organic Producer Survey (03-10-2013)
During November we will be conducting the 2013 Organic Producer Survey in Wales. To reduce the environmental impact of the survey and demands on your time, this year's survey will again be conducted entirely via telephone - from the 4th...
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Making more of Welsh organic wool (03-10-2013)
Wool is a wonderful, versatile, natural renewable resource but it is often undervalued. Llynfi Textiles, a design and clothing company, Ystrad Traditional Organics and Organic Centre Wales (OCW) have been working together to try and change all that. The team...
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ORGANIC FOOD SHEDS ITS 'ELITIST' TAG (16-09-2013)
A survey of Welsh shoppers published this week has revealed that organic food may no longer be seen as a luxury purchase, reserved just for the more affluent consumers. The research1, commissioned by Organic Centre Wales, found that the trend towards...
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Welsh Government CAP Reform Consultation Meetings (12-09-2013)
The Minister along with Senior Officials will be present at these Farming Connect arranged meetings to present their proposals for direct payments to farmers. Meetings have been arranged as follows: 12 September – International Pavilion, Royal Welsh Showground – 7:30pm 17 September...
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BOBL funding available for organic businesses attending Trade Fairs Autumn/Winter 2013 (03-09-2013)
The BOBL project has been able to provide support for some of the costs of attending trade fairs in the UK and Europe. There is a limited amount of funding remaining under this heading and businesses who wish to...
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Organic September 2013 (15-08-2013)
Organic September is a whole month in which to celebrate everything organic across the whole of the UK. It is a great chance to showcase the organic message and engage new consumers to the fantastic world of organics! With your...
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Miller Research evaluation of the BOBL project (06-08-2013)
The research includes an on-line survey of those who have received support, training or advice from the project. The survey is utterly confidential and asks about the various different aspects of the BOBL project and the effects it has had to...
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Policy makers and producers attend event to 'build the future for organics in Wales' (05-08-2013)
Organic Centre Wales, producers and policy makers joined together at the Royal Welsh Show to share experiences of the 'old' Welsh organic farming scheme and discuss what they would like to see included in any new proposals. The seminar 'Building...
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Soil Association Innovation Award open for entries (02-08-2013)
The Innovation Award celebrates outstanding innovators in farming and growing across the UK. It recognises the achievement of individuals, teams, companies or organisations who are: • Pioneering practical new approaches to farming and growing. • Achieving real benefits for people, the planet or...
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Cymru Organig Issue 1 Summer 2013 (16-07-2013)
Following our recent success to deliver an organic advisory service on behalf of the Welsh Government, we have great pleasure in relaunching our primary publication - Cymru Organig. Keep up to date with news and policy developments, financial insights and market...
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Organic information service back in business: join the conversation at the Royal welsh Show (15-07-2013)
The Organic Centre Wales (OCW) partnership of Organic Research Centre (ORC), ADAS and Aberystwyth University will have an even bigger presence at this year's Royal Welsh Show after their successful bid to deliver organic policy advice and other services to...
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CAMPAIGN UNVEILS ORGANIC CHAMPIONS (15-07-2013)
A co-operative dairy farmer, a lamb and beef producer, a poultry expert, an ethical chef and a market gardener have joined forces to spread the word about the benefits of organic food and farming as part of a new campaign. At...
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Dr. Paul Benham is the winner of the Environmentalist award (25-06-2013)
Dr Paul Benham from Primrose Organic Centre in Brecon has won the Environmentalist award, sponsored by INSPIRE, University of Wales Trinity Saint David & The Waterloo Foundation. As a holistic farmer and educator at Primrose Organic Centre in Brecon, Dr...
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Call for entries: The Soil Association Organic Food Awards (13-06-2013)
Deadline for entries: Friday 21st June 2013 The UK's only awards celebrating the best in organic food and drink. Promoting some of the most sustainable businesses in the UK. The product awards are open to all organic food and drink...
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Marketing materials for organic businesses available now! (06-06-2013)
Over the course of BOBL we have worked with a number of organic businesses to develop a suite of resources to help retailers, communicate a range of organic principles to their customers. This pack of point of sale material for...
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Spring Festival visitors join Organic Centre Wales to 'Talk Shop' (05-06-2013)
Organic Centre Wales recently hosted a successful Ten Minute Talk Shop within the Green Horizons area at the Spring Festival in Builth Wells (18th & 19th May). Featuring a diverse mix of speakers, covering subjects areas such as: organic thatching straw,...
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Wales wildlife given £1.5m protection amid climate change (30-05-2013)
The Welsh Government's Natural Resources Minister, Alun Davies said the money will strengthen the environment against climate change. The Minister, who will give more details of the funding at the Hay Festival in Powys later on Monday, said: "Despite conservation successes...
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Wales: a sustainable food nation conference (14-05-2013)
Organic Centre Wales, as part of the BOBL project, are pleased to be supporting this upcoming conference taking place at Cardiff University on the 4th June 2013. The environment, food culture and the systems that support this have long been a...
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The Dean Organic Trust (14-05-2013)
The Dean Organic Trust was established in 1998 to offer financial assistance to organic farmers and growers. We provide small interest fee loans for those establishing an organic business or looking for help in purchasing new equipment.Loan repayments are by...
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The Dougal Campbell Cheese Bursary (14-05-2013)
The Soil Association are launching a new bursary in memory of the pioneering Welsh cheesemaker and founder of Welsh Organic Foods Dougal Campbell. The bursary aims to encourage the creation of new cheeses made with milk that is sustainably farmed. A...
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New farmer-led fund announces first research grants (08-05-2013)
The Soil Association announces the winners of the first of their farmer-led innovative research grants funded by the Duchy Originals Future Farming Programme. Research is more crucial than ever to agriculture as the industry strives to farm sustainably in the face...
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Small Changes, Big Difference for Organic September (07-05-2013)
The Soil Association is asking organic brands and retailers to start sharing their ideas for this year's Organic September. Now in its fifteenth year, this month-long celebration of all things organic gets a new theme and a brand new look for...
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Organic Farming Scheme agreements extended to 31 December 2014. (07-05-2013)
The Welsh Government is offering to extend OFS agreements until the end of 2014. This applies to all OFS agreement holders, including those that did not accept the previous offer to extend to the end of this year. Letters have...
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Wonderful Wool! (07-05-2013)
Wonderwool Wales took place on the 27th & 28TH April at the Royal Welsh Showground and featured a fantastic showcase of the BOBL Organic Wool Wales project. Aimed at highlighting the exciting opportunities for organic wool in Wales is a...
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Welsh action plan to halt decline in bees (03-05-2013)
Welsh Ministers want to encourage green spaces, allotments and gardens to boost Wales' bee population. The value of pollinators to the UK government is estimated to be £430m a year, but populations have been on the decline for 30...
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Organic farmer appointed to the DairyCo board (12-04-2013)
The Agricultural and Horticulture Development Board (AHDB) has appointed three members to its DairyCo board. Dairy farmers Janette Prince, David Cotton and Tim Gue will join Chairman Tim Bennett and the eight existing board members to develop strategies that determine the...
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Welsh pollinator plan aims to curb bee losses (12-04-2013)
A NEW Centre of Excellence for pollinators is being proposed in an action plan to halt the loss of bees in Wales. Consultations launched by the Welsh Government this week also include plans to improve flowering habitats across farmland. This may involve...
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Calon Wen launch the first bottled milk vending machine (03-04-2013)
Calon Wen launched their very first vending machine, home to delicious organic milk, butter and cheese produced by the Co-operatives family farmers milk. It is situated outside one of their farmer's local shops in Holt Wrexham, the farmer thought of...
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Natural and Organic Products, 7-8 April in Olympia, London (02-04-2013)
The BOBL project is offering to contribute up to £150 (subject to provision of valid receipts) for travel and subsistence for Welsh organic businesses who want to attend the Natural and Organic Products trade fair on 7-8 April 2013 in...
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Green Dragon's Den (02-04-2013)
Green Dragon's Den Part of Hay on Earth, this year's Green Dragons' Den will see two imaginative projects in Wales awarded up to £15,000 funding from Welsh Government and UnLtd. Over two days, shortlisted projects will go head to head to...
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Reports reveal areas of growth and challenges in organic sales (20-03-2013)
The Organic Market Report published today (20th March)by the Soil Association highlights key areas of growth in online retail, independent outlets and a shift towards younger consumers during 2012. Overall, the market has dipped by 1.5% as the UK...
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Opportunities for organic seed potato growers (19-03-2013)
The Savari Research Trust (SRT) needs an experienced potato grower, with their own storage and grading facilities, to grow c8 acres of high grade seed potatoes. The Trust is a not-for-profit company based near Bangor in North Wales which breeds blight...
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A growing success for every child (28-02-2013)
Horticulture is set to become part of the national curriculum from 2014, giving every schoolchild a chance to grow their own food. It follows a campaign from charity Garden Organic that began in 2011 to lead the government-backed Food Growing in...
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ORC Conference presentations 'Making producer-led innovation a reality' (28-02-2013)
Making producer-led innovation a reality The ORC's annual Organic Producers' Conference took place in January and brought together organic and other producers interested in ecological approaches to sustainable food production, with researchers and advisers to share ideas on making agriculture perform...
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"Best training in 12 years" (28-02-2013)
Several organic businesses joined the OCW team on the 19th February to take part in a media training course, covering broadcast and social media. Delegates left the course equipped with essential techniques for dealing with broadcast interviews in order...
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Ready Steady Grow for Community Supported Agriculture (27-02-2013)
Community supported agriculture (CSA) groups, from as far afield as China gathered in South Wales on the 23rd February to join forces and work in partnership to ensure their long term success. Organised by the Federation of City Farms &...
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Reach new potential customers with the Catering Mark Supplier Scheme (27-02-2013)
Over 600,000 Catering Mark meals are now served every day in schools, hospitals, universities, nurseries and staff restaurants across the UK. As the Catering Mark grows, so does demand for products that meet the Standards. The Catering Mark Supplier...
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Wanted! Research into slugs, thistles, TB and much more (25-02-2013)
DUCHY ORIGINALS FUTURE FARMING PROGRAMME Farmers and growers were not short of ideas when asked by the Soil Association to suggest topics that they would like to be researched. Topics ranged from weed control and animal welfare to tackling the spread...
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School visits training courses (CEVAS) (13-02-2013)
Are you a farmer, smallholder or community gardener who is interested in hosting school visits? Or do you work for an organization that runs countryside visits for schools? CEVAS is a well established training scheme which includes health and safety,...
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Completion of business dialogues (21-01-2013)
BOBL Project Officers have now completed the Business Dialogue and the conclusions are being summarised in a report. The main Business Dialogue was conducted during the autumn of 2010 and an abbreviated version was repeated during the autumn of...
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Christine Tacon appointed as Groceries Code Adjudicator (21-01-2013)
Consumer and Competition Minister Jo Swinson today announced that Christine Tacon has been appointed to the newly created role as the independent Groceries Code Adjudicator. In her new role Ms Tacon will be responsible for enforcing the Groceries Supply Code of...
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Media Training: Making the most of broadcast and social media 19 Feb 2013,Penpont, Brecon. (17-01-2013)
OCW is delivering a Media Training day for organic businesses on the 19th February 2013, as part of the BOBL project. This course is a rare chance to work with professional news broadcasters and will give you the confidence...
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Open for entries - Organic Grower of the Year 2013 (10-01-2013)
The Organic Grower of the Year Award 2013 is open for entries until the end of January. Organic Grower of the Year - is open to growers of top fruit, salads, soft fruit and vegetables Awarded to the grower that most impresses...
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The Soil Association puts farmers in the driving seat of research (08-01-2013)
The Soil Association recently announced the launch of a £125,000 fund that puts farmers and growers in the driving seat of new research. The research fund is part of the Duchy Originals Future Farming Programme which supports innovation in...
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Retail and Sales Networking event and Training course 5 March 2013 (08-01-2013)
OCW has an exciting training opportunity for 2013, which we have developed by working closely with a number of organic businesses. There is no charge for this training which is provided as part of the BOBL project. The training will include...
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Sustainable Food Communites activity reports now available on-line (17-12-2012)
The final report on the Sustainable Food Communities (SFC) project was published to the Organic Centre Wales website in July 2012. The reports of the individual activities supported by the project have now been completed and are available on-line....
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Organic Producers' Conference (14-12-2012)
The Organic Research Centre, Elm Farm, is organizing a two-day conference on 22/23 January on the theme of 'Making producer-led innovation a reality'. It will provides an opportunity to hear about and debate new ideas that are already being investigated,...
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OCW publish marketing toolkit (21-11-2012)
Organic Centre Wales has published a PR and Marketing Toolkit to the OCW website. The toolkit brings together the course materials developed for the Media Training courses offered to organic businesses. It also tells businesses how they can...
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Rhug Estate looks abroad for sales after winning top export award (07-11-2012)
RHUG Estate scooped a top award for exports at this year's Wales True Taste Food and Drink Awards. The 2,500 acre organic farm, in Denbighshire, was awarded gold in the Welsh Export category based on the strength of its success over...
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Organic Campaign Comes Back with a “Baaaaa” (05-09-2012)
Wales's first advertising campaign to promote the benefits of buying organic produce is set to return today (Monday 3rd September) to mark the start of National Organic Month in the UK, as posters featuring two new 'characters' start appearing at...
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Making the most of protein crops: De hulling peas and beans. (30-08-2012)
Organic Centre Wales has been looking at how removing the hulls of home grown protein crops such as peas and beans can improve the quality of home grown protein crops and reduce reliance on imported soya. We've looked at the...
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Medicinal plants in Wales (10-08-2012)
A French researcher wants to find out more about the production of medicinal plants in other countries and has asked us to circulate information about a questionnaire. For more information please contact E-mail: laurie dot anne dot coste At gmail dot...
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Making organic feed more sustainable (10-08-2012)
The issue Organic poultry rations are heavily dependent on imported ingredients, primarily soya but also cereals. This leaves producers at the mercy of global market prices and does not sit comfortably with the organic principles. This short film summarizes the...
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OCW and BOBL publications August 2012 (06-08-2012)
A comprehensive list of recent publications has been published to the OCW website. The list includes reports on Sustainable Food Communities, Public Sector Procurement, technical information for producers and material communicating the benefits of organic produce. Download the summary document...
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EU organic leaf logo now compulsory (16-07-2012)
The new EU organic logo is compulsory from 1 July 2012 onwards on all pre-packed organic food products that meet the necessary standards, Europolitics reports. Operators had a two-year transition period to adapt to the new rules in order to...
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USA: Organics gain clout in export markets (16-07-2012)
Organics have moved well beyond the niche of farmers markets and health food stores to become an important sector in the U.S. economy and the next big commodity class to watch, the Organic Trade Association said. U.S. Department of...
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Schmallenberg virus - survey (26-06-2012)
The AHVLA is asking sheep farmers, including those who did not have Schmallenberg in their flocks, to answer a short online questionnaire. There are 30 questions, which should take less than 30 minutes to complete. Producers may complete English...
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Powys - Farm Diversification Business Award (14-06-2012)
Enterprising farming families in Powys are being encouraged to enter an exciting new award for excellence in Farm Diversification to recognise their achievements. Eligible farm-based businesses could win the new category of the fourth annual Powys Business Awards, supported by...
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Sign up to the Gwynedd Food Charter (13-06-2012)
The Gwynedd Food Charter, which is supported by the BOBL project, was launched by Lord Dafydd Elis-Thomas at the Urdd Eisteddfod on Wednesday 6 June. Cynthia Hughes of Sustainable Gwynedd Cynaliadwy Ltd said: “Food is central to the livelihoods, culture and...
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New Campaign Encourages Shoppers to Choose Organic (12-06-2012)
A new marketing campaign, launching in Wales today (11 June), will set out to convince Welsh consumers of the benefits of selecting produce that is produced organically. The campaign, managed by Organic Centre Wales (OCW), will be the first of its...
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Farm diversification in Powys (08-05-2012)
Powys farmers can now receive grants of up to £20,000 for diversification into non-agricultural work. For more information please telephone Laura Shewring on 01982 553305, or email E-mail: farm dot diversification At powys dot gov dot uk for an 'Expression...
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Developing the next generation of rural leaders (24-04-2012)
Farming Connect is to extend the reach of its Agri-Academy programme. The second element of the Agri-Academy, the Rural Leadership Programme, has been designed to develop a new generation of leaders, and is looking for 15 candidates who have...
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Tell the world you're Organic! (19-04-2012)
Thank you to everyone who ordered Tir Organig signs and you should have received them by now. If you haven't ordered any, or you want more, then please contact E-mail: jll At aber dot ac dot uk. And...
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Sustainability toolkit (18-04-2012)
Organic Centre Wales has developed a new sustainability toolkit for organic business in Wales. The toolkit has been posted out to businesses and is available for download. The BOBL team will be out on the road meeting organic businesses in...
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Linking farmers and consumers in Wales (18-04-2012)
We are all familiar with the idea of farmers working in partnership, but what about partnerships between producers and their local communities? This is the big idea behind Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) and it's one that is catching on. The...
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Education about the food supply chain (16-04-2012)
It's often said that the public needs more education about how food is produced, so that they can make good choices about what food to buy. However, really effective education needs to take into account the attitudes and values that are...
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Better Business - Creating sustainable business models (16-04-2012)
Organic Centre Wales is helping one farmer to change his business, allowing him to focus on his professional and personal priorities while making his production system more sustainable and creating opportunities for young farmers. Roger Bufton runs Ewan Brook, a 120...
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Farming Connect agri-academy (17-02-2012)
Are you a young organic farmer interested in a new opportunity? The Farming Connect Agri Academy provides young people with the information and knowledge to help them develop successful farming and forestry businesses. More information on the Menter a Busnes...
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Open Farm Sunday 17 June 2012 (17-02-2012)
LEAF are organizing two events to prepare for Open Farm Sunday: Open Farm Sunday Refresher Event YFC Building Royal Welsh Showground Builth Wells 22nd Feb 7.00-9.00pm Open Farm Sunday Workshop at Court Farm Llanthony Abergavenny 15th May 2012. If you wish to attend...
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Schmallenberg virus - a novel viral disease (17-02-2012)
A new virus called Schmallenberg virus has been reported in cattle, sheep and goats. This virus appears to belong to a group of viruses that are spread by insects, mostly midges and mosquitoes. Farmers and vets have been made aware of...
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Organic farming statistics (16-02-2012)
At the end of 2010, about 8% of Welsh agricultural land was fully organic or in conversion. The area under organic management increased by more than 50% during 2006-10, but the area under conversion fell during 2010, producing an overall...
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Organic Research conference, Birmingham (16-02-2012)
OCW attended the Organic Research Centre – Elm Farm's annual conference in Birmingham in January. We were able to present information from the Better Organic Business Links project concerning improving the sustainability of the supply chain, and Sue chaired...
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Farming Connect programme (16-02-2012)
OCW Director Sue Fowler is on the Strategic Advisory Board for the Farming Connect project run by Menter a Busnes. The second meeting, held on 15th February, discussed priorities for the programme. The demonstration farm network includes organic...
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Aspiring to Supply Chain Sustainability (01-02-2012)
A presentation given by Sue Fowler, Director OCW, to a workshop at the Elm Farm Organic Research Centre conference held on 16&17 January 2012 at Aston University, Birmingham.
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OCW loses core funding (31-01-2012)
Welsh Government funding for the Organic Conversion Information Service (OCIS) ceased on 31 December 2011. This means there is no longer a free dedicated service to help farmers who are considering organic certification. It is not clear if the...
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Horticulture survey (26-01-2012)
ADAS and Horticulture Wales are inviting horticultural producers to take part in a survey of horticulture in Wales. To complete the survey, please follow this link: Horticulture survey It will only take 10-15 minutes. Horticulture is a varied and dispersed sector in...
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Using the internet to develop your business (25-01-2012)
Using blogs, Twitter and Facebook to help your business was the subject of a free BOBL training course held recently at Betws-y-Coed. We will run more of these courses if there is demand, so please let us know. Also, have you...
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Care farming in Wales (10-01-2012)
The Institute for Rural Health has published a report on the scope for developing care farming in Wales. In recent years care farming (the use of farms to provide therapeutic services, for instance for people with mental illness) has grown...
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CAP reform consultation - Get involved (03-01-2012)
Alun Davies, the Deputy Minister for Agriculture, Food, Fisheries and European Programmes, has extended an invitation to the Welsh public to comment on Common Agriculture Policy (CAP) reform and published a discussion paper to stimulate the debate. Tony Little from...
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Badger vaccination - part of the solution to TB? (20-12-2011)
The Welsh Government, which has been very proactive in dealing the challenge of Bovine TB, is currently finalising its review of the science and preparing to report early next year. The recommendations are likely to comprise of a suite of...
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Making organic poultry feed more sustainable (07-12-2011)
Organic Centre Wales has commissioned the Organic Research Centre - Elm Farm to assess the contribution that UK produced sunflower and oil seed rape (OSR) can make to organic poultry rations. At present many organic poultry systems rely heavily on imported...
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Organic producers' conference 2012 18 Jan 2012 (07-12-2011)
The Organic Research Centre Elm Farm (a partner in Organic Centre Wales) is holding its 6th annual organic producers conference on 18-19 January at Aston University, Birmingham. The conference will be of interest to all organic producers and businesses. Details of...
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OCW at the Winter fair (02-12-2011)
OCW added a new string to its bow this year, with a new consumer focused stand in the food hall in addition to our usual station up on the balcony of the livestock building. We were joined at the latter...
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Poultry derogations (01-12-2011)
The EU Commission has failed to reach agreement over the ending of derogations that a) permit up to 5% of non organic ingredients to be used in organic poultry feed, and b) allow the use of part-organic pullets where organically...
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Organic support in the current RDP (01-12-2011)
A number of enquiries at the Winter Fair suggests that there is still uncertainty among farmers over the arrangements for OFS and OFCS agreement holders during the 'transitional' period leading up to the next Rural Development Plan (RDP). The key...
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Organic: Better Business Conference (08-11-2011)
A report of our recent conference is now available here. Over 90 delegates attended a day of talks and workshops at this year's Welsh organic conference. The theme was improving business performance in the organic sector and strengthening its economic,...
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Dairy farmers (08-11-2011)
If you are thinking of expanding… Following the vigorous discussions around the proposed Nocton dairy the Environment Agency has prepared a Position Statement on new or expanding dairy units. It outlines legislation that might apply and lists information the EA...
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Better Organic Business Links - update (08-11-2011)
We have had a review of the project and the recommendation is that we focus more on consumer information and engagement. E-mail: luw1 At aber dot ac dot uk if you would like an information pack on how to engage...
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Encouragement and prosperity for organic businesses (04-11-2011)
Missed our Organic: Better Business conference? Don't miss out,
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Congratulations to organic True Taste Award winners (31-10-2011)
Six gold awards for organic products were among the organic winners on the night of celebrations of the Wales the True Taste awards at Venue Cymru in Llandudno. Four other organic products received silver and three received bronze awards. The 10th...
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Guaranteed minimum price agreed for organic lamb (25-10-2011)
The UK's leading organic livestock producer group has made a landmark agreement with meat supplier Dunbia Llanybydder on guaranteed minimum prices and premium for organic lamb. The objective of the agreement is to ensure a year-round supply of organic...
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Producer survey 2011 (21-10-2011)
During November Organic Centre Wales will be conducting the Welsh Organic Producer Survey. Once again we will be in contact with all certified producers in Wales (approximately 1000) and in strictest confidence request detail and opinions relating to their enterprises....
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More Glastir options – Action required by 17 October (30-09-2011)
The Welsh Government has today put more Glastir options on the table for farmers. The changes come in response to the recommendations of the Glastir Independent Review Group (GIRG), which have now been approved by the European Commission. They provide...
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OFCS application window is open (27-09-2011)
A window of application for the OFCS 2012 is open between 3 October and 4 November 2011. It will support land starting conversion between 2 January 2011 and 1 January 2012. Applications must be supported by a conversion plan, and...
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Tomato pest detected in England (26-09-2011)
The South American tomato moth (Tuta absoluta) has recently been detected in England. It is a pest of tomato and other solancaeous crops in South America and Southern Europe, but has not become established in the UK. Nick Shilton, from the...
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Goodbye (07-09-2011)
OCW is sorry to have to say goodbye to Mari Jones and Phil Jones who are moving to Menter a Busnes to help deliver the Farming Connect contract. Phil has been with us since OCW started in 2000 and...
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Organic conversion and Glastir (07-09-2011)
The next Organic Farming Conversion Scheme will open some time in October so if you are considering this change, make use of the Organic Conversion Information Service (OCIS) service offered free by the Welsh Government. OCIS is available to help...
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How is your grass growing? (01-09-2011)
The Grassland Development Centre held an event on 25 August 2011 at Middle Garth, an organic farm near Newtown, to look at ways of measuring grass. Farmer Andrew Owen said: "I am keen to work with GDC and put the science...
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Welsh food festivals 2011 (31-08-2011)
Organic Centre Wales will have a stand at the following festivals: Welsh Food Festival, Glansevern Hall, Welshpool, 2-4 September Aberystwyth, 17 September Abergavenny, 24-25 September Mold, 24-25 September. Come and see us!
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Wales leads the UK as Organic land has increased by 34% (23-08-2011)
Wales has boosted its take up of organic land more than any other UK country according to a national report. A recent report by DEFRA shows that Wales is leading the UK as organic land in Wales increased by 34%...
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Community Supported Agriculture Study Tour (23-08-2011)
As part of the Better Organic Business Links (BOBL) project, Organic Centre Wales is organising a study tour to the West of England. The tour will include attendance at the Soil Association Conference on Friday 16 September and a visit...
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How to use social media tools to build your business (16-08-2011)
Wondering whether Blogs, Twitter and Facebook are worth the bother and can really help your business? Come to this FREE two hour Better Organic Business Links, Social Media Workshop and find out how businesses like yours are using social networking sites...
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Wildlife award (11-08-2011)
Congratulations to Richard and Gethin Owen, of Nant yr Efail far, Betws yn Rhos, who are Welsh regional winners of RSPB's Nature of Farming Awards. Their 69 ha organic farm impressed the judges with its rich diversity of habitats and...
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Care farming initiative (11-08-2011)
The Institute of Rural Health (IRH) has launched a new drive to encourage farmers and landowners to develop care farming projects. This means using farming and horticultural practices for therapeutic purposes, for instance to benefit people with learning difficulties. ...
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Win organic products worth over £100!! How can the organic sector become truly sustainable? (09-08-2011)
Creating organic products and getting them to the end customer in the most efficient and sustainable way is essential for the advancement of the organic sector. What is the one thing you believe the industry should do to become truly...
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Organic farming Glastir update (26-07-2011)
The Welsh Government has outlined its proposals to support organic farming for the remainder of the current Rural Development programme (to December 2013). In a key change, farmers will no longer have to join Glastir to access organic support. Instead,...
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Dual use claims statement by Deputy Minister (22-07-2011)
Alun Davies, the Deputy Minister for Agriculture, Food, Fisheries and European Programmes, in a Written Statement to the National Assembly on 13 July made a commitment to seek views from the farming and countryside interests on possible changes to the...
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Be organic and proud: new sign for organic land (20-07-2011)
Wales' first sign to let walkers and tourists know when the land under their feet is organic has been launched. During The Royal Welsh Show, The Better Organic Business Links Project (BOBL) introduced their new bi-lingual 'Tir Organig' signs. Available...
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OCW at the Shows (20-07-2011)
As well as attending the Royal Welsh Show at Llanelwedd, staff from Organic Centre Wales and Farming Connect will also be at the following regional shows over the summer: Anglesey Show: 9-10 August Pembrokeshire Show: 16-18 August Denbigh and Flint Show: 18 August Free...
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Royal Welsh Agricultural Show (20-07-2011)
OCW is present in the Organic Food and Farming marquee in the Countryside Care Area at this year's event. The marquee showcases elements of the Better Organic Business links project, hosts the Organic Development Programme Farming Connect team and...
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Low carbon farming (20-07-2011)
The Soil Association has announced a new project which will be working with farmers and growers to provide expert advice and technical guidance on carbon footprinting and low carbon farming practices as well as energy production and efficient resource use....
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2011/12 Organic Farm Management Handbook (20-07-2011)
The new edition of the Organic Farm Management Handbook is now available, published by the Organic Research Centre at Elm Farm near Newbury. It includes information on marketing, certification, policy, financial and technical aspects of different organic systems and enterprises....
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Business success in times of change (11-07-2011)
In an event to be held at the Royal Welsh Show next week, Stephen Weir and Chris Stanley of Weir Total Supply Chain Sustainability will present case studies on the sustainability of businesses in post farmgate supply chains. They will...
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Sustainable Food Communities - Cardiff (16-06-2011)
Invitations have been issued to a range of organisations across Cardiff to attend a Sustainable Food Communities Wales consultation event on 30 June. Participants will be able to learn more about the purpose of the project and to hear about...
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Grassland news - June 2011 (15-06-2011)
The Grassland Development Centre and HCC Farming Connect project 'Getting to Grips with Grazed Grass' is now working with an Organic Centre Wales Demonstration farmer Andrew Owen, who is already an enthusiastic grass measurer! This month's quality analysis from the...
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Royal Welsh Agricultural Show (15-06-2011)
The Organic marquee in the Countryside Care Area at this year's event will host the Organic Development Programme Farming Connect team and the Organic Certification bodies, and showcase elements of the Better Organic Business links project. We will include...
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Reducing the cost of reseeding grass leys (15-06-2011)
An event to be held at Plas Uchaf Farm, Llanarthne, Carmarthen SA32 8HS on Wednesday 13 July at 1.30pm will be an opportunity to find out more about rejuvenating grass leys without ploughing. The event is being organized by Organic...
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EU commissioner endorses organic farming (15-06-2011)
Discussing future CAP reform, the EU Farm Commissioner, Dacian Ciolos, has publicly endorsed organic farming. In a presentation at the 5th European Organic Congress in Hungary earlier this month, he stated that not only would organic farmers automatically be eligible...
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Earn cash from your simple green solution (10-06-2011)
Applications for an award are being invited from farmers who have made small scale changes to their farms (for instance, collecting rainwater or composting green waste) in order to benefit the local environment and improve profits. The winner of the...
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Tir Organig summer 2011 edition is out (10-06-2011)
The 2011 summer edition of Tir Organig is out now, with technical articles and news. Download Tir Organig No. 14 Tir Organig is produced as part of the Farming Connect Organic Development Programme.
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Mid Wales community groups urged to apply for sustainable food funding (08-06-2011)
Community groups in Mid Wales who want to support the development of the organic food sector in Wales are being invited to apply for funding. Better Organic Business Links (BOBL) has launched the Sustainable Food Communities (SFC) scheme, which aims...
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Sustainability footprinting - opportunity for businesses (09-05-2011)
BOBL have appointed Weir Total Supply Chain Sustainability to study the resource use and sustainability of organic businesses involved in the post farm-gate supply chain. Businesses operating within the organic sector in Wales are being offered the opportunity to save...
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New face at Graig Producers (09-05-2011)
The successor to Iain Turner as Procurement Manager at Graig Producers is Gareth Lewis. A native of Montgomeryshire from a farming background, he has plenty of experience of working with livestock and in the abattoir and processing sector. Graig Producers...
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Making the most of compost (09-05-2011)
Organic Centre Wales is running a series of workshops on the benefits of using compost, delivered as part of the Farming Connect Organic Development Programme. Maintaining long term soil fertility is a constant struggle for organic, and indeed conventional, farmers....
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Study calls for farmers to reduce fertilizer use (09-05-2011)
The annual cost of damage caused by nitrogen pollution across Europe is more than double the extra income gained from using nitrogen fertilizers in agriculture, a new study has revealed. The study, carried out by 200 experts from 21 countries...
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Open Farm Sunday 12 June 2011 (28-04-2011)
Several organic farms around Wales are opening their gates to the public on 12 June. For more details see www.farmsunday.org
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Growing forage crops in a changing climate (27-04-2011)
A new report by IBERS, commisioned by DairyCo, called 'New Opportunities for Forage Species' examines the implications of climate change for forage crops in the UK.
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Clover management workshops (27-04-2011)
The Institute of Organic Training and Advice (IOTA) is running two workshops to help farmers save costs and improve animal performance through better clover management. They draw on 30 years' commercial experience and the latest research on various aspects of...
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Daniel Downes joins the Grassland Development Centre (07-04-2011)
The Grassland Development Centre at IBERS welcomes Daniel Downes to the team. Based at Gogerddan, Daniel has combined work on the family organic beef and sheep farm near Tregaron with a professional career in agriculture, working for Welsh Farm Suppliers...
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Sheep scab (07-04-2011)
An organic farm near Machynlleth is taking part in a pioneering programme to eradicate sheep scab in their area, by working with over 30 neighbouring sheep farmers. Brothers Dafydd and John Jones of Maesterran say that one problem is the...
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Organic maintenance payments and Glastir (07-04-2011)
The Welsh Assembly Government has published the independent review of the All-Wales Element of Glastir. One of the recommendations was the re-introduction of organic maintenance payments at the expense of the 50% reduction in points threshold for organic producers. The...
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Protected cropping standards (30-03-2011)
The Soil Association has developed new standards proposals for growing in organic glasshouses and polytunnels and is keen to have feedback from growers, customers, retailers and other stakeholders. Follow the link below to read the proposed standards and send your comments...
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Results of the producer survey 2010 (07-03-2011)
Thank you to the 601 producers who recently completed the Producer Survey. Here are the headlines. • 2010 provides stability to the Welsh organic sector • organic sales remain similar • newly converted stock fails to find an organic market • producer intentions uncertain...
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Growing fruit in Wales (07-03-2011)
Dyfi Valley Seed Savers have published the results of a survey of Powys orchards, conducted in response to demand for knowledge on fruit growing in Wales. In 2009 and 2010 they surveyed 22 orchards and gathered the experiences of fruit...
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Glastir (07-03-2011)
Press coverage of organic issues within Glastir highlighted the need for organic farmers to contact their unions and let them know that they wanted their views represented at the Glastir Review Group meetings. The final meeting of the review group...
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Woodland - What do you do with yours? (01-03-2011)
The Organic Research Centre Elm Farm needs your help to understand how UK producers use the woodland on their land. As part of their Agroforestry Programme, they are conducting a survey which will allow them to gauge whether there is...
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Farmers, look out for your post (07-02-2011)
You will be receiving letters any day from the Welsh Assembly Government regarding the 'establishment payment' for your Organic Farming Scheme. To claim this money you will have to take action and you should do this as soon as...
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Open farm events and school visits (07-02-2011)
The Soil Association in partnership with the Mid Wales Food and Land Trust is delivering a BOBL funded project to enable schools to visit organic farms and hold farmers' markets in the school itself. Funding is available for farm visits,...
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Training for school visits and care farming (01-02-2011)
Are you a farmer who is interested in hosting school visits? Or do you work for an organization that runs countryside visits for schools? The Countryside Educational Visits Accreditation Scheme (CEVAS) includes health and safety, links to the school curriculum...
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Are you interested in a free bird survey? (25-01-2011)
The RSPB Volunteer & Farmer Alliance Project made its return to Wales at the beginning of 2010. This popular project offers farmers and land owners a free, no obligation survey of the birds on their land. Local volunteer surveyors carry...
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Welsh angle on a new advertising campaign for organic food (10-01-2011)
Organic Centre Wales (OCW) will be supporting a high profile three-year campaign to promote organic food in the UK. The £2m campaign, paid for by organic businesses and match-funding from the EU, invites consumers to discover what organic means to them,...
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New campaign launches to highlight benefits of organic (10-01-2011)
The organic industry is launching a high profile 3-year campaign that is set to deliver sales growth by increasing consumer demand for organic food in the UK. Match funded by the EU, the aim of the £2m 'Why I...
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Young Entrants closing date extended (06-01-2011)
Due to the severe weather conditions experienced across Wales, the Welsh Assembly Government has announced that the Young Entrants Support Scheme (YESS) application window for the second year of the scheme has been extended and will now close on the...
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New food and drink strategy (04-01-2011)
Rural Affairs Minister Elin Jones and Dr. Haydn Edwards, Chair of the Food and Drink Advisory Partnership set a ten year challenge for the food and drink industry in Wales at the launch of the food strategy Food for Wales,...
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Permaculture courses (04-01-2011)
Through BOBL, OCW is funding a Permaculture Course to support the Caerhys Organic Community Agriculture project in St David's. We suspect there are other organic producers and CSA projects in other parts of the country with similar interest, and if...
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Support for Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) (04-01-2011)
OCW is supporting Secure Alternative Markets such as CSA projects through BOBL. We are currently working with 6 projects all across Wales, providing advice and information on establishing CSA, advice and training on producing for CSA projects. Contact E-mail: jll...
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Organic Farming Conversion Scheme (OFCS) 2011 (04-01-2011)
Thirty six applications were made to the OFCS in the last application window (15 November – 4 December 2010), of which 33 were approved. Of these, 13 are starting conversion for the first time, while the remainder are converted producers...
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Horticulture workshop report (04-01-2011)
The report from the workshop for organic horticultural businesses, held last December at CAT, is now available on the OCW website. If you would like to be involved in implementing the outcomes, or to be kept up to speed with...
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Glastir update, December 2010 (15-12-2010)
A review process has been put in place following the low response to Glastir. In a recent organic sector meeting with the Minister, Elin Jones indicated that the organic sector will be represented on the group. OCW's annual producer Survey...
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UK organic producer conference (14-12-2010)
The Organic Research Centre Elm Farm, one of the partners in OCW, is holding a conference for organic producers on 17-18 January 2011 at Cirencester. Organised as part of the Centre's 30th Anniversary celebrations, it will cover several major themes,...
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Horticulture workshop (13-12-2010)
About 35 participants made it to CAT for this workshop, organised by OCW and the Organic Growers Alliance. It acknowledged that these are very challenging times for many businesses and sought to thrash out a strategy to get the organic...
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Peak phosphorus (08-12-2010)
A new report from the Soil Association, A rock and a hard place: Peak phosphorus and the threat to our food security, highlights the urgent need for farming to become less reliant on phosphate rock-based fertiliser. Worldwide 158 million tonnes...
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Organic bread from Ceredigion (08-12-2010)
A loaf of bread made from organic wheat grown in Ceredigion was the centrepiece of OCW's stand at this year's Winter Fair. The wheat was grown at the Aberystwyth University farm at Trawsgoed and milled at Felinganol, a working watermill...
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Organic Producers make their mark in Wales the True Taste Awards (12-11-2010)
Organic producers are well represented amongst the winners of Wales the True Taste Awards. Of the 80 awards organic food products were eligible for, 13 went to organic producers and eight of these were gold. These are in...
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OFCS application window opens 15 Nov - 3 Dec (11-11-2010)
Rural Affairs Minister, Elin Jones, has announced arrangements for the opening of the second and final Organic Farming Conversion Scheme application window. The window will be open between 15 November 2010 and 03 December 2010 to all those who began,...
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Questions about Glastir? (04-11-2010)
Check our producer pages for information and if you are still unsure, phone the OCW helpline (01970 622100) for further clarification or information. Note the closing date of 22 November for this year's applications. If you choose not to enter...
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Care farming - a new opportunity? (04-11-2010)
A report of a conference organized by the National Care Farming Initiative at Harper Adams in September 2010 is now available at www.ncfi.org.uk. Care farms use farming practices to provide therapeutic support to people with special needs. Clients include young...
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Winter Fair 29th and 30th November (04-11-2010)
On the balcony in the Livestock Building this year, there will be the three certification organizations, Soil Association, Organic Farmers and Growers and Quality Welsh Food Certification. Other stands include Organic Centre Wales with displays and tastings of seasonal...
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Pulling together: horticulture workshop (04-11-2010)
All organic businesses are invited to a workshop to discuss the future of organic horticulture in Wales, on 3 December at CAT, Machynlleth. Four clear themes have emerged, which will form the basis of the programme: Finding new markets;...
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Imported animal feeds (04-11-2010)
Friends of the Earth and the Soil Association are both campaigning for more sustainable meat and dairy production in the UK. The FoE's Food Chain campaign calls for reduced reliance on imported feeds which often have high environmental impacts. Now the...
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BOBL at Conwy Feast (08-10-2010)
The Better Organic Business Links project had a stand at the Gwledd Conwy Feast on 23 and 24 October. Visitors to the stand were able to see at first hand what the BOBL project is aiming to achieve over the next...
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Welsh organic producer conference 21 October (08-10-2010)
Over 135 people attended the Organic Producers' Conference on 21 October at the Royal Welsh Showground. Patrick Holden talked about his radical ideas for the transformation of our present industrial food and farming systems to a more sustainable alternative,...
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Making sense of carbon footprinting (08-10-2010)
Organic Centre Wales has published a guide to help farmers reduce their carbon footprint. The guide, produced as part the OCW project Better Organic Business Links, lists the calculators available to farmers and helps them select the one that's best for...
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Food and the Big Society (08-10-2010)
The Soil Association is holding its annual National Conference in Manchester on 9/10 February in Manchester Town Hall. The conference will discuss how food and farming can provide a mechanism for combating some of the major challenges that are confronting...
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Risk Assessment seminars for edible crop growers (07-10-2010)
Government and retailers are continually striving to minimise the risk of microbial contamination of fresh produce. The HDC and FSA have jointly funded a package of work to help growers achieve this, including a recent factsheet and development of web-based...
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Dairy calves event - cancelled (04-10-2010)
This event has been cancelled. The Soil Association is organising a free event near Wrexham on Thursday 14 October to help organic producers tackle the issue of bull calves. Key issues include TB restrictions and implications, genetics and the unsuitability...
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New organic demonstration farm (04-10-2010)
Organic Centre Wales has recently welcomed a new member to the network of demonstration farms it manages as part of the Farming Connect Organic Development Programme. Peter Bottoms bought the 200ha Esgair Forest near Machynlleth in 2007 and entered...
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Marketing Organics in a Changing World (04-10-2010)
The Better Organic Business Links Project has published a review of information on consumers' attitudes to organic produce from Wales. The review was carried out by Beaufort Research to inform the development of a survey to monitor the current...
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FACE and Farms for Schools conference (17-09-2010)
FACE and Farms for Schools are organizing a conference for farmers on working with schools. It will be held on Tuesday 19 October at Cefn Mably Farm Park on the outskirts of Cardiff. All farmers and teachers are welcome. Download flyer
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UK organic producer conference (14-09-2010)
The Organic Research Centre Elm Farm, one of the partners in OCW, is holding a conference for organic producers on 17-18 January 2011 at Cirencester. Organised as part of the Centre's 30th Anniversary celebrations, it will cover several major themes,...
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Study tour to Scotland (14-09-2010)
Welsh organic farmers have requested that OCW organise a study tour of a number of progressive organic Scottish beef and sheep farms that have been working with the SAC sheep specialist John Vipond. These farmers have been able to increase...
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Workshop will help horticultural businesses through tough times (14-09-2010)
Organic Centre Wales and the Organic Growers Alliance are organising a workshop for organic horticultural businesses in Wales to help map out a way forward for the sector. Recent work has highlighted the difficult conditions currently faced by businesses right...
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Welsh Organic Producers' Conference 2010 (13-09-2010)
This year's Conference on 21 October at the Royal Welsh Showground will consider issues surrounding production and preservation. Workshop topics include lamb marketing, field scale horticulture and the issue of dairy calves, together with Glastir, carbon calculators and soil...
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Glastir update, September 2010 (13-09-2010)
The deadline for farmers to apply to join the All-Wales Element of Glastir has been moved, following the decision to make available an important additional option within the scheme. Application packs will now be issued from 4 October and farmers...
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New grassland adviser (13-09-2010)
The Grassland Development Centre at IBERS are delighted to welcome Sue Buckingham to the team. Based near the Welsh border, Sue will be working across all sectors contributing to the GDC team delivery in England and Wales. She has good...
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Organic greenhouse growing (13-09-2010)
A conference in the Netherlands on 11-14 October 2010 will feature presentations and workshop discussions on organic horticulture under glass, including soil management, energy use, crop management, nursery production, economics, social and environmental aspects, and standards. Details.
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Horticulture training needs (13-09-2010)
Garden Organic and the Organic Growers Association are conducting a survey of training needs, to help them apply for regional funding to run workshops, discussion groups and study tours to benefit horticultural businesses. They invite all growers, employees and apprentices...
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Fertiliser recommendations (13-09-2010)
The Fertiliser Manual (RB209) replaces the old Fertiliser Recommendations 7th edition (2000). It provides recommendations for the use of lime and major nutrients (N, P, K, S, Mg, Na) on most field-grown crops including arable, grassland, field vegetables and fruit....
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Food hygiene record keeping (13-09-2010)
A revised information sheet entitled 'Animal feed record-keeping requirements: for farmers who produce, use, grow or sell animal feed' is now available from the Food Standards Agency (FSA). This guidance will help farmers comply with the record-keeping requirements of Annex...
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Organic support from 2011 (13-09-2010)
Organic Centre Wales is in discussion with the Welsh Assembly Government on the form and shape of support to be offered for the sector from 2011. This and other matters, including the Wales Food Strategy, will be discussed at the...
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Food strategy (13-09-2010)
The long-awaited Food and Drink Strategy “Food for Wales, Food from Wales 2010-2020” has been launched. WAG are keen to receive feedback from individuals so please visit www.wales.gov.uk/food and respond directly. If you wish to contribute to a response by...
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Organic leaders to debate future (02-09-2010)
In October, key figures from retailing, processing, production and marketing will debate the progress of the organic sector and examine ways to ensure the continued growth of organic food and farming. Organic Farmers & Growers are teaming up with Organic...
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A month of food festivals (02-09-2010)
September is packed with food and drink festivals to visit, including the Organic Food Festival (11 & 12 September). Buy organic produce from over 200 stalls and watch chefs such as Raymond Blanc, Giorgio Locatelli, Oliver Rowe and Thomasina Miers....
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Johne's disease (05-08-2010)
Johne's disease is a chronic infection caused by Mycobacterium avium subsp. paratuberculosis. It is a wasting disease, where cattle show good appetite but long lasting diarrhoea and weight loss, which results in eventual death. The infectious agent is shed in...
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Glastir: deadline extended and new option (03-08-2010)
The deadline for All Wales Element expressions of interest is Friday 6 August. Any expressions of interest received after this date will not be accepted. See www.wales.gov.uk/glastir Also, a new option has been added to the AWE: Maintenance of an existing...
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Monitoring internal parasites (03-08-2010)
Graig Producers, the Powys-based livestock marketing group, launched their internal parasite monitoring service for beef and sheep farmers at the Royal Welsh Show. The service uses the faecal egg counting system, with Freepost, and allows farmers to monitor the parasite...
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Part-time postgraduate study opportunity (03-08-2010)
The Scottish Agricultural College (SAC) has now been running a part-time distance learning course in organic farming for eight years, and over 100 students have completed the program. The course is studied on a part time distance learning basis to...
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Food for Wales, Food from Wales 2010:2020 (07-07-2010)
A new consultation on a Food Strategy for Wales seeks your views on the Welsh Assembly Government's proposed food strategy for Wales. The strategy takes into consideration cross-cutting issues to provide the basis for an integrated approach to food policy...
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Fork2fork: promoting local food in Wales (07-07-2010)
Fork2fork is a new website with information on local food, including farmers' markets, farm shops, online producers through to local box schemes. It also has useful information for producers, including case studies and newsletters. See www.Fork2fork.org.uk The fork2fork campaign is a two...
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Managing P and K (06-07-2010)
While organic farmers find it relatively easy to build up sufficient nitrogen in their soils through biological cycles, ensuring good levels of P and K in this way is much more difficult and many producers have to use permitted fertilisers...
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Garden Organic green manure workshops (06-07-2010)
With the costs of nitrogen fertiliser continuing to rise, farmers and growers have to look to ways to manage soil nutrients more effectively. Garden Organic (formerly the Henry Doubleday Research Association) has carried out 15 years of research into sustainable...
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Apple survey (06-07-2010)
The Soil Association is doing a survey on apple varieties and how they perform in organic situations. It will only take 5 minutes to complete, and if successful they will repeat it annually. Details
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Soils seminar at the Royal Welsh Show (06-07-2010)
Soil is a living entity - and under threat. The speaker in the Organic Centre Wales seminar this year in the Aberystwyth University Pavilion, at 2.00pm on Monday 19 July will be Dr. Liz Stockdale from Newcastle University. She...
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Elm Farm Events (06-07-2010)
The Organic Research Centre Elm Farm, in Berkshire, which is a partner in Organic Centre Wales, is organizing two public events in July to celebrate its 30th anniversary. An Open Day on 16 July will include a range of technical...
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Aminopyralid: the threat continues (06-07-2010)
The Soil Association and the Organic Growers Alliance (OGA) are calling on growers and gardeners to be vigilant following renewed cases of damaged crops due to manure contaminated with the herbicide aminopyralid. The symptoms include misshapen leaves and fruit, reduced...
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How do farmers see the future? (06-07-2010)
Growing Wales asked some Welsh farmers, several of them organic, how their work has changed over the years, what difficulties they face and how they see the future. The result is a 10-minute video on YouTube. Growing Wales is a...
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Glastir update, July 2010 (06-07-2010)
Organic Centre Wales continues to work closely with the Welsh Assembly Government on supporting organic farmers through Glastir. In June we attended stakeholder meetings, commented on scheme guidance documentation and met with senior Civil Servants. However, we still need input...
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DairyCo project tackles key environmental challenge (17-06-2010)
DairyCo has set out an innovative three year project to determine a crucial benchmark through the measurement of carbon footprints on GB dairy farms. "This project will enable us to identify key 'hot spots' on-farm to improve business efficiency, which...
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Glastir training events (03-06-2010)
Farming Connect is organizing 40 'on farm' training events across Wales this summer, where farmers can familiarise themselves with the new scheme. The training will be delivered by a partnership of IBERS, FWAG (Cymru) and Pembrokeshire College. The objective...
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Royal Welsh Show (01-06-2010)
Organic Centre Wales will be joined by the main certification organizations, advisory and producer organizations at this year's Show on 19-22 July at Builth. Our speaker this year at 2.30 on Monday 19 July will be Dr. Liz Stockdale...
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HCC livestock scholarship (01-06-2010)
Hybu Cig Cymru – Meat Promotion Wales (HCC) has launched the 2010 Scholarship programme which supports scholars to travel abroad looking at farming practices that could be utilized in Wales for the benefit of the whole industry. The deadline for...
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Organic market garden for Cardiff (01-06-2010)
The Riverside Community Market Association is selling shares in its new project, a 10-acre plot outside Cardiff. It will produce a wide range of organic vegetables, with a focus on higher value crops such as salads, and some fruit. Some...
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Stockfree organic farming (01-06-2010)
Vegan organic growing uses green manures, mulches, composts and careful crop rotation to build soil fertility without using animal manures. Five UK growers are already certified as stockfree organic. People who would like to get into organic horticulture can study...
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Organic Market - Cereals (20-05-2010)
Market update May 2010 by Simon Tubbs Norton Organics On the wheat side, there are a few consumers tidying up with old crop before the new harvest starts. Quite a lot of wheat for sale in the North of the...
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Organic Market – Dairy (20-05-2010)
OMSCo report May by Huw Bowles. The weather continues to have a significant impact on organic milk supplies in Wales. Like for like supplies from the 72 organic producers supplying OMSCo for April was down 1.7% on a year...
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Tir Organig summer 2010 edition is out (18-05-2010)
Download Tir Organig here.
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Update on support payments, April 2010 (28-04-2010)
Organic Centre Wales has an update for producers. The deadline for completion and return of your SAF forms is approaching. If you have any interest in joining Glastir it is important you tick the relevant boxes – this will not...
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The 2009 organic producer survey (28-04-2010)
The full report of last year's producer survey is now available on this website. It contains information on livestock numbers, producer attitudes, producer views of prices and market development. You can download the report below.
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New factsheets: labelling of organic products, and gene technology (26-04-2010)
The new EU organic regulation has brought with it a number of important changes to the labelling of organic products. If you package and/or sell any organic produce, you need to read our new factsheet on Labelling of organic products:...
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Ragwort control (23-04-2010)
The Welsh Assembly Government is warning farmers that common ragwort (Senecio jacobaea) is highly poisonous to livestock and that it is vital that its spread is controlled in areas where it is a threat to the health and welfare of...
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SAF Corrections (23-04-2010)
The Welsh Assembly Government has issued corrections to its SAF guidance on two issues: rushes in grazed land, and some incorrect crop codes for the OFS/OFCS. More details
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Farmers to be rewarded for small scale green schemes (07-04-2010)
Environment Agency Wales and Farming Connect, the Welsh Assembly Government's support service for farmers, have joined forces to recognise and reward farmers who make small scale changes to their farms in order to both improve profits and benefit the...
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New booklet: Organic poultry production for meat (07-04-2010)
This new technical guide is funded through the Farming Connect Organic Development Programme and covers all the main aspects of production and processing including: feeding; breeds; brooding; growing the birds; range management; slaughtering and processing; gross margins and other financial...
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Tourism questionnaire (07-04-2010)
Many thanks to those producers who have responded to our request for information about their tourism enterprises, either by filling in their form and returning it to OCW, or by answering questions over the 'phone. As part of the...
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Award for organic farming pioneer (15-03-2010)
Bob Kennard has been made an Associate of the Royal Agricultural Societies for his pioneering work in organic food production and collaborative marketing. Graig Producers was started by Bob and his wife Carolyn in the early 1990s to supply...
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School visits training course (CEVAS) near Brecon, 16/30 April (15-03-2010)
Are you a farmer who is interested in hosting school visits? Or do you work for an organization that runs countryside visits for schools? The Countryside Educational Visits Accreditation Scheme (CEVAS) includes health and safety, links to the school curriculum...
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Developing the supply of organic pullets in Wales (09-03-2010)
Organic Centre Wales has been helping to tackle this issue using resources from the new 'Better Organic Business Links' project and the Farming Connect Organic Development Programme. We assessed the current and short - medium term demand for organic pullets...
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Open Farm Sunday 13th June 2010 (01-03-2010)
For information about this event, and to get details of free workshops to help you prepare to open your farm to the public, go to www.farmsunday.org. The workshops will cover publicity, health and safety, activities and difficult questions, and are...
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Glastir news, February 2010 (01-03-2010)
More details on Glastir were presented to farmers at a series of open meetings throughout Wales. Information is available on the WAG website. The SAF forms will be arriving soon and you will be invited to tick if you are...
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The Future of Food (01-03-2010)
A report of the Soil Association's recent annual conference is now available. It contains recordings of the main speakers, including Monty Don, Graham Harvey and Joanna Blythman, Patrick Holden, Oliver Walston and Jeannette Orrey. There are also reports from some...
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Return to farming with nature (01-03-2010)
In an article originally published in Natur Cymru, and reprinted in an edited version in the Western Mail, Soil Association director Patrick Holden argues that an unhealthy schism has developed between food producers and the nature conservation movement. He calls...
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Powys Orchard Project: take part in a survey (18-02-2010)
Dyfi Valley Seed Savers are surveying fruit growing in Powys. DVSS are interested to know how people are getting on with fruit growing in our beautiful, but damp land. We think the people and wildlife of Powys could benefit from the...
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Tir Organig available to download (10-02-2010)
The February 2010 edition of Tir Organig is now available, with the results of the 2009 producer survey. Many thanks to the 618 producers who recently completed the Survey, which was carried out under the Farming Connect Organic Development Programme. download...
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New EU organic logo (09-02-2010)
The European Commission has officially announced the winner of the EU organic logo competition. The winning design is by Dusan Milenkovic, a student from Germany, who gained 63% of the overall vote. From 1 July 2010, this logo will be...
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Targeted element of Glastir (04-02-2010)
Details of the Targeted Element (TE) of Glastir, formerly known as the Higher Level Scheme, will be presented to stakeholders on 5 February. We will have one month to comment. Please contact Sue Fowler and see our website. Download Glastir guidance...
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Organic Farming Scheme: new farmers (04-02-2010)
Farmers who started new OFS agreements on 1 January this year are reminded that they need to get their organic certificates into the Welsh Assembly Government by 31 March or risk losing the payments. Registration with your chosen organic certification...
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Soft fruit in the uplands (04-02-2010)
Welsh Fruit Stocks have been selling soft fruit plants from their farm at 1000ft near Kington, Powys, since 1991, and have been organic since 2000. Last year, the farm grew some 15,000 blackcurrant, white currant, redcurrant, gooseberry and jostaberry...
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Organic Farming Scheme Payments (04-02-2010)
Due to queries raised by the European Commission over the initial OFS payments (which were £1000), payments to farmers have been delayed. In order to reduce the impact caused by withholding payments the area payments will be released immediately (29...
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Eating the planet (20-01-2010)
Compassion in World Farming and Friends of the Earth recently produced Eating the planet? How we can feed the world without trashing it, which says that a mixture of organic and free-range farming could feed the world in 2050, while...
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Organic Farming Scheme (07-01-2010)
Eighty two farms entered into new Organic Farming Scheme agreements, which started 01 January 2010. Farmers are reminded they need to submit their certificates and field schedules by to the Welsh Assembly Government by 31 March. Organic Centre Wales expects there...
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Workshops for egg producers (07-01-2010)
Organic egg producers in Wales have consistently identified sourcing organic pullets as one of their biggest problems. As the derogation to use part-organic pullets comes to an end in 2012, the issue is becomingly increasing urgent. Using funds from the...
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Discussion groups (07-01-2010)
Winter meetings have so far looked at forage quality and cattle rationing, as well as introducing members to fifth Farming Connect Development Centre, Canolfan Hinsawdd Cymru/Wales Climate Change, which is based in Aberystwyth. Ben Williams the Knowledge Transfer Officer for...
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Choose the new organic logo (10-12-2009)
Vote for the EU's new logo: click here. Closing date is 31 January 2010 and the new logo will be used from July 2010.
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Soil carbon (07-12-2009)
A report from the Soil Association suggests that widespread adoption of organic farming practices in the UK would offset 23% of UK agricultural emissions through soil carbon sequestration alone. A worldwide switch to organic farming could offset 11% of all...
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Organic food directory (07-12-2009)
OCW is updating the 2008/09 edition of Organic and Local: Where to buy organic and local produce in Wales. Initially it will be a web-based directory, but we hope to print it in 2010. We will be checking existing entries...
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Young entrants (07-12-2009)
Rural Affairs Minister Elin Jones has announced the application window dates for the forthcoming Young Entrants Support Scheme (YESS). It will open for applications on 4 January and close on 28 February 2010. Copies of application forms and details of...
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Organic Farming Scheme - update Dec 09 (07-12-2009)
Those that made applications in the September window should by now have heard from the Welsh Assembly Government. Important: if you have been offered an agreement you must accept in writing by 15 December (Tuesday) or the offer will be...
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Looking at life from a calf's point of view (09-10-2009)
An event for farmers at Trefere Fawr, Penparcau, Aberystwyth on 28 October 2009.
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Tir Organig summer 2010 edition is out (27-05-2009)
Download the latest issue of Tir Organig here.
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