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.

Mr. Phil Sumption

Job title

Research Communications Officer

Contact details

Email prefix: phil.s (add suffix @organicresearchcentre.com)
Phone: 01488 658298 - extn. 533
Postal address: Elm Farm, Hamstead Marshall, Newbury, RG20 OHR

Academic qualifications

B.Sc (Honours) in Rural Environment Studies - Wye College, University of London

Main roles and responsibilities

Collating and preparing information for publication in the form of briefing notes, factsheets, technical guides, bulletins, webpages, website news items and press releases to a wide range of target audiences, including producers, food businesses, advisers, researchers and policy-makers.

Assisting with policy evaluation and sustainability assessment research.

Assisting in the development of conferences, research workshops and other events and developing new education / training initiatives.

Research interests

Organic horticultural systems, weeds, pests and diseases, seeds, varieties and plant breeding.

External activities

Selected publications

Crawley K, van Krimpen M (editor): Smith J, Gerrard C, Sumption P (Eds.) (2015) Fulfilling 100% organic poultry diets: Concentrates. ICOPP Technical Notes, No. 1. Organic Research Centre.

Crawley K (editor): Smith J, Gerrard C, Sumption P (Eds.) (2015) Fulfilling 100% organic poultry diets: Roughage and foraging from the range. ICOPP Technical Notes, No. 2. Organic Research Centre.

Crawley K (editor): Smith J, Gerrard C, Sumption P (Eds.) (2015) (2015) Fulfilling 100% organic pig diets: Concentrates. ICOPP Technical Notes, No. 3. Organic Research Centre.

Crawley K (editor): Smith J, Gerrard C, Sumption P (Eds.) (2015)Fulfilling 100% organic pig diets: Feeding roughage and foraging from the range. ICOPP Technical Notes, No. 4. Organic Research Centre.

Davies G, Sumption P, Rosenfeld A (2010) Pest and Disease Management for Organic Farmers, Growers and Smallholders. Crowood Press

Click here to see Phil Sumption's publications on Organic eprints.