25 January 2018
Trees on livestock farms

AFINET meeting - Shropshire

15 February 2018
Trees on arable farms

AFINET meeting - Cambridgeshire



17 January 2018
Agroforestry innovation leaflets published

Factsheets produced by AGFORWARD on Innovation and best practice

16 January 2018
Challenges of organic arable farming

Free online course on OK-Net Arable



19 January 2018
Inspirational farmer-partner wanted for organic research farm

ORC wishes to appoint an inspirational share-farmer partner to manage its 80 ha Elm Farm in Berkshire from November 2018.

Organic services offered:

  • Technical advice
  • Organic Certification systems
  • Financial planning & business management
  • Marketing advice
  • Conversion planning - technical
  • Conversion planning - financial
  • Training

Areas of expertise:

  • Arable
  • Beef & sheep
  • Grassland
  • Composting
  • Manure management
  • Soil management & fertility
  • Marketing (wholesale)
  • Conversion planning - technical
  • Conversion planning - financial
  • Financial planning & business management
  • Environmental management
  • Wildlife & conservation management (provisional)

Contact

Tel: 01733 219888
Mobile: 07855 341309
Email: stephen.briggs@abacusorganic.co.uk
Location: Cambridgeshire

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Stephen Briggs, BSc (Hons), MSc

Stephen Briggs has worked with organic systems in the UK and overseas in both consultancy and research roles for over 15 years. He has particular expertise in soil management, organic arable crop production systems and organic business management.

Stephen is a Director of Abacus Organic Associates and provides regular consultancy support to 30+ organic farms. He is a regular facilitator on organic training courses for farmers and agri-professionals. He has been a guest lecturer at Otley college and Reading University on organic farming and is a member or the ACOS Certification Committee and Research and Development Committee for the UK organic sector. He is a founding Director of the Institute of Organic Training and Advice.

Stephen has a particular interest in the development of organic farming systems without livestock, the use of green manures to manipulate soil nutrient dynamics and the development of bi-cropping systems to enhance yields through the better use of available soil nutrients. Stephen farms a stockless organic farm, growing organic cereals, pulses and specialist seed crops.