28 May 2018
Agroforestry as sustainable land use

EURAF 2018 CONFERENCE: Opportunity for farmers to attend

10 June 2018
Open Farm Sunday at Sonning Farm

We will be showcasing our trials at Reading University Crops Research Unit



22 May 2018
Organic farming: new EU rules adopted

New regulation to come into effect 1 January 2021

21 May 2018
Defra release organic farming stats for 2017

Organic land area in UK slowly increasing



3 May 2018
Stop the dock!

A new technical guide for reducing docks on farmland

Development of methodology for assessing the environmental, economic and social characteristics of (organic and non-organic) farming systems

Acronym:

FSAM

Project code:

OF0386

Contract period:

1 August 2009 to 31 March 2013

Project webpage:

http://www2.warwick.ac.uk/fac/sci/lifesci/wcc/research/impact/farmingsystems

Main funder:

DEFRA

Contact staff at ORC:

Dr. Bruce Pearce

Project aims

The specific objectives of the project are:
  1. Establish a project steering group.
  2. Review published and un-published work.
  3. Describe a range of farming systems.
  4. Identify the characteristics of those farming systems.
  5. Develop methods that can be used to assess and quantify the impact of farming systems at appropriate scales.
  6. Validate the method using case studies.
  7. Report on and discuss the results.

ORC's role

To advise on the productivity, economics and environmental impacts of organic and non-organic farming systems and on all aspects of organic and non-organic farming systems.

As part of this ORC is working on a concept of Total System Output as a functional indicator to complement land area, food produced and financial output.

Project leader and partners

Deliverables

  1. The project will identify the characteristics (and supporting indicators) which describe the many diverse farming systems in the UK.
  2. An integrated environmental, economic and social assessment should inform policymakers of the impact that different farming system (and production outputs) have on society.
  3. The project should support Defra's ambition to encourage an expansion of organic farming by revealing its value (and impact) in comparison to non-organic systems.
  4. A review of existing literature.
  5. Methodology for assessing the environmental, economic and social characteristics of farming systems.

Previous relevant work