Organic Farming magazine is the UK's leading magazine on organic farming and growing. Published three times a year by the Soil Association, each edition keeps readers up-to-date with the latest news, policy issues and market information. There are technical features and reports on the latest field labs and research, covering all aspects of organic farming and growing.
Typical content includes:
· latest organic news
· features on livestock, horticulture and general farming topics
· technical articles on soil, livestock, horticulture and arable topics
· case histories
· business and market news
· update on the research and field labs carried out under the Innovative Farmers banner
The conservation and management of valuable wildlife habitats is something that consumers expect from organic and ensures that certified organic farming continues to be a force for good. Delivering on public goods is a key aspect of organic farming, so there was concern about the lack of mention of organic in Defra’s Agricultural Transition Plan. Adrian Steele writes about the work of the English Organic Forum to explain organic to a new generation of Defra policy makers. Ed Palairet writes about the high conservation value approach, a system of six measures that help licensees to identify areas of high conservation value on their land that need protection and then to demonstrate that they are protecting them. Kate Still writes about a new good life framework for beef cattle and invites interested farmers to join a new trial. Elsewhere, we report on the new joint audit agreement between the Soil Association and the Pasture-Fed Livestock Association and introduce a new Innovative Farmers project that studies the benefits of silvopasture. On the technical side, there are articles on carbon assets, controlling worms with heather and bioactive fungi, growing organic pears and the viability of species mixtures and intercropping.