19 January 2021
Intercropping for sustainability

Two-day Conference with AAB, DIVERSify and ReMIX at Reading University

6 September 2021
Organic World Congress 2021

New date! Postponed from September 2020

30 July 2020
ORC welcomes the National Food Strategy

The first major reviewof our food system in 75 years

24 July 2020
The future of organic farming and the environment

All to play for if full benefits of organic farming for wildlife, the environment and health are to be realised

29 April 2020
Tim Bennett is the new Chair of ORC

Former NFU president takes on chairmanship of Organic Research Centre

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29 April 2020: Tim Bennett is the new Chair of ORC
Former NFU president takes on chairmanship of Organic Research Centre

21 January 2020: Organic Research Centre starts 40th year at new headquarters
ORC is now operational from Trent Lodge in Cirencester.

7 January 2020: Organic Research Centre appoints Lucy MacLennan as new CEO
The Organic Research Centre (ORC) is delighted to announce the appointment of Nuffield Scholar Lucy MacLennan as its new CEO

21 March 2019: In adversity, what are farmers doing to be more resilient?
Opportunities, barriers and constraints in organic techniques helping to improve the sustainability of conventional farming

22 November 2018: Big opportunity for UK Organic
Development of new UK agricutural policy will be critical

2 November 2018: Future for UK organic farming debated at Congress in Rugby
'Going for Growth' is the theme of this year’s UK Organic Congress held in Rugby on 15-16 November

26 October 2018: Organic pioneer receives first Oak Award
Congratulations to Susie Hewson of Natracare

20 August 2018: Tipping point in agricultural production
New study identifies that developing countries are winning the sustainable Intensification race

18 June 2018: Government support needed for agroforestry
Parliamentary wake up call for putting trees at the heart of agriculture

4 June 2018: Wake up to Organic at ORC
Local research farm offers free organic breakfast to celebrate ‘Wake up to Organic’

3 May 2018: Stop the dock!
A new technical guide for reducing docks on farmland

12 April 2018: Transitions to Agroecological Systems: Farmers’ Experience
New report sheds light on how UK farming can meet the sustainability challenge

15 March 2018: Organic farming for a Green Brexit
Government urged to commit to expanding organic food and farming to ensure a Green Brexit

5 March 2018: ORC awarded two new research projects by Defra
ORC investigates how organic ideas can help make UK farming a world leader

7 February 2018: OK-Net EcoFeed for 100% organic feed
Changes to EU organic regulation triggers ‘grow local’ research for feeding pigs and poultry

1 February 2018: Seven new trustees share a passion for organic research
New appointments to ORC's Council of Management

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.

5 January 2018: Generous legacy offers financial support to organic sector
Launch of Dean Organic Fund at Oxford Real Farming Conference

7 December 2017: Intercropping opportunities
Farmers invited to take part in diverse cropping project to increase yields

13 November 2017: Agroforestry is the new game-changer for UK agriculture
George Eustice expresses keen commitment to include agroforestry in future domestic Agricultural Policy post Brexit.

8 November 2017: Innovation and sustainability in organic dairy farming
Pan-European research boosts innovation and sustainability in organic dairy farming

23 October 2017: Organic Research Centre’s letter to the Guardian
In response to 'Insectageddon' by George Monbiot

16 August 2017: Promoting crop diversification in European agriculture
A major 5-year European project ˗ DiverIMPACTS launched

5 July 2017: Demonstrating crop resilience through agro-biodiversity
ORC brings its expertise to NOCC17

1 February 2017: The future of UK organic support
Defra minister announces continued support post-Brexit

23 January 2017: The 2017 Organic Farm Management Handbook is published
The Organic Farm Management Handbook is the only source of up-to-date information on the costs and performance of organic farming.

16 January 2017: Rising to the challenge
Practical organic farming solutions for an uncertain future

13 April 2016: Organic farm incomes up in 2015
Organic farm profits increasing with organic dairy farming outperforming conventional

18 February 2016: Two ORC staff recognised
Nic Lampkin and Mark Measures recognised for their contribution to UK Agriculture

27 January 2016: Enhanced organic opportunities for postgraduate students
ORC and SRUC join together to deliver one of the country’s few postgraduate courses in organic farming

15 January 2016: Action plan for change – is organic leading the way?
Action plans and agroecology, but England lags behind

4 December 2015: Future sustainability of organic and low-input milk production
Challenges and solutions

7 July 2015: Launch of ORC Wakelyns Population
Pioneering wheat population launched at NOCC15

7 July 2015: OK-Net Arable for more knowledge exchange in organic farming
EU project aims to facilitate co-creation of knowledge by farmers, farm advisers and scientists

11 June 2015: The role of agroecology in sustainable intensification
New study highlights methods to safeguard UK food security

19 May 2015: Organic food combines sustainability and quality
New dossier on Sustainability and quality of organic food

7 January 2015: One-day seminars on organic food production and supply chains
Programme of introductory courses

25 November 2014: ORC welcomes Defra’s proposed organic payment rates
New Countryside Stewardship Scheme support rates for organic farming in England have been announced today.

29 October 2014: 9th ORC Organic Producers’ Conference
Practical research and innovation - diversity in practice

18 July 2014: Prince of Wales visits Food & Farming Summer School
As part of his annual Food and Farming Summer School, HRH The Prince of Wales met with students and farmers at Eastbrook Farm in Wiltshire.

11 March 2014: Agroforestry letter to Defra
26 organisations call for Defra to back agroforestry

11 March 2014: 2014 Organic Farm Management Handbook published
Completely revised 10th edition now available

19 December 2013: 20% discount for Organic Producer Conference
Available to English producers

4 December 2013: Intensive Sustainability or Sustainable Intensification?
ORC’s 8th Organic Producer Conference.

16 January 2013: PRESS RELEASE
Making producer-led innovation a reality

23 July 2012: Organic Farm Incomes remain competitive
The latest report on Organic Farm Incomes in England and Wales, published this week, found that income for organic farms remain competitive with those of comparable conventional farms, despite challenging organic market conditions...

18 January 2012: Jim Paice message of support for organic producers
The 6th ORC Organic Producers’ Conference at Aston University, Birmingham, opens today (Wednesday) with a strong message of support from Defra’s farming Minister Jim Paice...

2 January 2012: Organic conference to debate key CAP Reform and Food Security
The annual ORC organic producer’s conference, to be held at Aston University, Birmingham from 18-19th January 2012, will be focusing on...

16 November 2011: Reducing tillage on organic farms – new research project started
In September 2011 the Organic Research Centre began work on a new part Defra-funded project...

7 November 2011: Feeding non-ruminants organically – new research project started
In October 2011, a new project “Improved contribution of local feed to support 100% organic feed supply to pigs and poultry” (ICOPP) started at ORC...

31 October 2011: Organic Research Centre hosts European Organic Seed Workshop
Progress towards harmonisation is positive but slow – 100% organic seed use is some way off in the future. The UK is lagging behind many of its EU neighbours...

24 October 2011: ORC to hold 6th Organic Producers’ Conference in Birmingham
The Organic Research Centre, Elm Farm, has announced the outline programme for it’s annual conference, to be held from 18-19 January 2012 at Aston University in Birmingham...

9 July 2011: Elm Farm Summer Festival Saturday 9th July 2011
Good for nature - fun for the family!

At Elm Farm Summer Festival, Hamstead Marshall, Saturday 9th July

4 January 2011: Facing up to farming’s challenges
Conference to debate CAP Reform, ethical food marketing and innovations in farming practice

7 July 2010: Organic Open Day at the Organic Research Centre Elm Farm, Friday
The Organic Research Centre at Elm Farm, in Hamstead Marshall near Newbury, is holding a technical Open Day ...

7 July 2010: Do you like food?
Calling all foodies! On Saturday 17 July from 10am to 5pm the Organic Research Centre at Elm Farm, Hamstead Marshall (near Newbury), will throw open its gates to all lovers of great food.