27 February 2018
Wonderful woodchip!

A practical one day workshop on using ramial woodchip, woodchip compost etc.

13 June 2018
Wheat Landraces for Healthy Food Systems

1st International Conference, Bologna, Italy



14 February 2018
Organic sector booming worldwide

57.8 million ha of organic land - The organic market grows to almost 90 billion US Dollars

13 February 2018
Addressing the crisis for new entrants to farming

Ecological Land Cooperative campaign for donations of land for new entrants to ecological agriculture.



7 February 2018
OK-Net EcoFeed for 100% organic feed

Changes to EU organic regulation triggers ‘grow local’ research for feeding pigs and poultry

2014 Organic Producers' Conference

Intensive sustainability or sustainable intensification - which way forward for organic farming?

ORC’s annual Organic Producers’ Conference is the event where organic and other producers interested in ecological approaches to sustainable food production come together with researchers and advisers to share ideas on making agriculture perform better, for businesses and society.

With the recent launches of Defra’s CAP consultation and Sustainable Intensification Research Platform, as well as the government’s Agri-Tech Strategy, is there any place left for organic farming and similar agro-ecological approaches to sustainable food production?

Are the concept of sustainable intensification and the new strategies broad enough to not only focus on techno-fixes or can we find better ecological and knowledge-based solutions to meeting sustainability challenges?

Is producing ever more food really the priority, or are the climate change, environmental pollution, soil and water degradation and biodiversity loss problems now too great? Should our real focus be on intensifying the sustainability of our food systems, rather than intensifying production with questionable sustainability benefits?

We restructured our traditional conference format to enable participants to debate these questions and help find real, innovative solutions.

Session Proceedings

Plenary Sessions

Sustainability round table

Arable Workshops

Horticulture Workshops

Grassland Workshops

Livestock Workshops

Other Workshops

Full conference programme and room layout

Previous conference proceedings

You can find proceedings of previous conferences .

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The ORC Organic Producers’ Conference is organised with the active support of:

This project has been supported through the Rural Development Programme for England, which is jointly funded by Defra and the European Union