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



21 May 2018
Defra release organic farming stats for 2017

Organic land area in UK slowly increasing

18 May 2018
Countryside Stewardship and organic farming

Improving uptake of Countryside Stewardship



3 May 2018
Stop the dock!

A new technical guide for reducing docks on farmland

Continuing professional development (CPD)

Accreditation is backed by a CPD programme that identifies a range of courses and events for advisers and trainers, also open to other members. CPD activity is monitored by IOTA and has minimum requirements as part of maintaining Accredited Membership status.

As part of the IOTA CPD programme, IOTA provides training courses and workshops and participates in UK and European projects including:

  • Fertility building leys and green manures: Field lab 3 at Abbey Home Farm 16th September 2014
  • Farm Sustainable Training for Organic Advisers (STOAS)
  • European Adviser Training (EAT) - a Europe-wide organic adviser training programme in which IOTA is the UK partner. Currently focusing on quality protein production and feeding. To join the group please contact Sarah Jameson iota@organicresearchcentre.com

This year the IOTA Annual Conference will be incorporated into the Organic Research Centreís 9th Organic Producerís Conference, which runs from Wednesday 26th to Thursday 27th November 2014 in Solihull. Reduced rates are available for IOTA members!

The IOTA strand will focus on sustainable farming assessment and management and conversion planning. This will make the most of new opportunities for organic advisers offering conversion planning services under the new organic support schemes being considered in Wales and which we have proposed in England.

This two day ORC Organic Producer and IOTA adviser conference is being run in collaboration with the Soil Association which will hold its Soil Symposium on 25th November at the same venue. More info here.

A list of other workshops and courses is available - see current events