HROC (agency) - Kubota
Farminguk
27 May 2016 | Online since 2003
Scrutton Bland


28 July 2014 02:08:15|News,Organic,Shows and Events

Forum discusses the Organic Future


The Scottish Organic Forum held an open workshop on the 10th of July at SAC Craibstone, to discuss the future of the organic sector in Scotland. Many local farmers attended, along with Nigel Miller from NFUS, Frank Strang, Scottish Government and Professor Lorna Dawson, the James Hutton Institute.
Laura Stewart, Director of Soil Association Scotland, reviewed organic action plans launched last year in France and Finland, as a useful comparison to the UK and Scotland respectively. Similarities and differences were drawn between these countries and our own, fuelling discussions about the future direction of the organic sector in Scotland. Across the rest of Europe, organic retail sales have grown by 25% since 2008, and increasing sales in the last year in both Scotland and the UK provide key opportunities for Scottish farmers and growers, particularly with the next round of SRDP funding just round the corner.

A Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities and Threats (SWOT) analysis of organic production in Scotland was carried out by attendees in order to get a picture of where we currently are. Breakout groups then considered where we can go next: identifying possible targets, actions, and ideas for the next Scottish Organic Action Plan. This will be developed by the Scottish Organic Forum and the Scottish Government over the next few months, with an open consultation planned during the autumn, and launch in early 2015.

Finally, Professor Christine Watson led the group around SRUC’s long term organic rotation trial, part of which is run as a stockless system with very little inputs. This part of the trial has held up its yield far better than anticipated, mainly through making good use of undersowing clover.

Download





0 Comment


loginuserlogo
Name

Please enter your name


Email

Comment

Please enter your comment


Post Comment

Your comment submitted successfully.Please wait for admin approval.


Comments

No comments posted yet. Be the first to post a comment

World News

Canada | 27 May 2016
Southern Ontario farmers launch their own weather network

Southern Ontario farmers are building their own weather network to more accurately record how conditions will affect their crops. The AG Grower Daily Dashboard project is designed to give farmers h...


Australia | 27 May 2016
National Australia sees farmers seeking loans to weather crisis

National Australia Bank Ltd., the nation’s largest lender to farmers, is expecting its dairy clients to seek short-term credit to assist them as slumping milk prices have thrown the industry into a cr...


USA | 27 May 2016
Central Indiana county approves livestock farm restrictions

A central Indiana county has approved new restrictions on big livestock farms limiting where those farms with hundreds or thousands of animals can be built. The ordinance approved this week by the ...


Ireland | 27 May 2016
Dairy farmers' income plight in spotlight

IFA president Joe Healy, who met with EU Agriculture Commissioner Phil Hogan in Brussels, said the majority of dairy farms will be in the red this month. He urged the Commissioner to act without de...


Canada | 27 May 2016
The changing face of Canada's farm industry

Mapping the evolution of Canada's farm industry is not as simple as just examining the numbers. Every five years, Canada's federal government asks us to provide details on who lives in our househol...



Trending Now

Viewed
Discussed

Farms and Land for sale

PropertyLocation
PropertyAgent
PropertyMinimumPrice
PropertyMaximumPrice
PropertyCategory

Holiday Rentals search

AccommodationKeyword
AccommodationType
AccommodationCounty
AccommodationStarRating


Top stories you may have missed
closeicon
Username
Password