Farmer principles of health (ORC)
Gemma Clarke of Cope Seeds
Our Health Networks project has worked with farmer groups in Germany, Austria and the UK to establish what personal principles and strategies organic farmers have developed to increase the health of their farms.
Chair: Anja Vieweger (ORC)
Breeding for organic arable, which way forward? (ORC)
How to boost the availability of organic varieties in a sector reliant on varieties bred for conventional systems and inputs? New perspectives on the role of genetic diversity, the traits of interest and the involvement of farmers in organic breeding programmes.
Chair: Bruce Pearce (ORC)
Arable weed surgery (OK-Net Arable)
A range of arable weed experts will be available to advise farmers about addressing weed problems. At the end we will draw together with the experts the key questions and potential solutions raised during the session.
Chair: Ambrogio Costanza (ORC)
Facilitation: Katie Bliss (ORC)
- Lynn Tatnell (Weed biologist, ADAS): Perennial weed control in organic systems
- Stephen Moss (Stephen Moss Consulting): Annual grass weeds, especially black grass
Diversifying arable systems (ORC)
Diversity at all levels is key for resilient farming and food systems. How to translate this into practice ? First results from the DIVERSIFOOD EU project on forgotten and underutilised species and on intercropping.
Chair: Sophie Alexander (Hemsworth Farm)
- Ambrogio Costanzo (ORC): More crops in the farm, more diversity in the field - an update from DIVERSIFOOD
Silvo-arable agroforestry (Woodland Trust)
The latest practical guidance on setting up a successful silvo-arable agroforestry system.
Chair: Jo Smith (ORC)
- Stuart Holm (Woodland Trust): Developing agroforestry systems to suit your farm
- Paul Burgess (Cranfield University): The economics of silvo-arable agroforestry