28 April 2015
Fertility building leys and green manures

Field lab at Tolhurst Organic

14 May 2015
Creeping thistle field lab

Controlling creeping thistles in arable crops and grass leys



20 April 2015
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15 April 2015
ORC Bulletin 118 is at the printers!

Autumn 2014 issue also now available to download



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.

Prof. Nic Lampkin

Job title

Executive director

Contact details

Email prefix: nic.l (add suffix @organicresearchcentre.com)
Phone: +44 (0)1488 658298 - extn. 521
Fax: +44 (0)1488 658503
Postal address: Elm Farm, Hamstead Marshall, Newbury, Berkshire, RG20 0HR

Academic qualifications

BSc (Hons.) Agricultural Economics (1983) University of Wales (Aberystwyth)
PhD Agricultural Economics (1994) University of Wales (Aberystwyth): Economics of conversion from conventional to organic farming systems

Main roles and responsibilities

  • Executive director
  • Policy team leader
  • Company secretary

Research interests

Economic, policy and technical aspects of organic farming systems, in particular: European organic farming policy, Organic farm incomes in England and Wales, Environmental benchmarking and sustainability assessment

External activities

  • Member of Natural England Agri-environment Stakeholders Group
  • Member of European Commission Expert Group on Technical Advice on Organic Production

Selected publications

Lampkin, N. (2011) Relevance of OECD agri-environmental measures for PES. In: Ottaviani, D. & Scialabba, N el-H (eds.) Payments for Ecosystem Services and Food Security. Food and Agriculture Organisation, Rome. pp.45-67.

Lampkin, N., Bailey, A., Lang, B., Wilson, P., Williams, A., Sandars, D., Fowler, S., Gerrard, C., Moakes, S., Mortimer, S., Nicholas, P. & Padel, S. (2011): The Potential for Extending Economic Farm-level Benchmarking to Environmental and Other Aspects of Farm Performance. Final report to Defra for Project No. DO0103. Organic Research Centre and Partners Newbury.

Lampkin, N. H., M. Measures and Padel, S. (eds.) (2011) 2011/12 Organic Farm Management Handbook. (9th edition). Organic Research Centre, Newbury.

Moakes, S. & Lampkin, N. (2011) Organic Farm Incomes in England And Wales 2009/10. Institute of Biological, Environmental and Rural Sciences (IBERS), Organic Research Centre, Aberystwyth, Newbury.

Lampkin, N.; Schmid, O.; Dabbert, S.; Michelsen, J. and Zanoli, R. (eds.) (2008) Organic action plan evaluation toolbox (ORGAPET). Final output of the ORGAP research project for the European Commission. Institute of Biological, Environmental and Rural Sciences, Aberystwyth University, UK and Research Institute of Organic Agriculture (FiBL), Frick, CH.

Stolze, M. & Lampkin, N. (2009) Policy for organic farming: rationale and concepts. In: Stolze, M. & Lampkin, N. (eds.) Development of Organic Farming Policy in Europe. Special Section. Food Policy 34(3):237-244.

Offermann, F. and Lampkin, N. H. (2006) Organic Farming in FADNs – Comparison Issues and Analysis. In: Rippin, M., Willer, H., Lampkin, N. and Vaughan, A. (eds.) Towards a European Information System for Organic Markets. Research Institute of Organic Agriculture (FiBL), Frick, Switzerland. pp106-111.

Nicholas, P.K., Padel, S., Cuttle, S. P., Fowler, S. M., Hovi, M., Lampkin N.H. and R.F. Weller (2004) Organic Dairy Production - A Review. Biological Agriculture and Horticulture, 22:217-249. Lampkin, N. H. and S. Padel (eds.) (1994) The economics of organic farming - an international perspective. CAB International, Wallingford.

Robson, M. C., Fowler, S. M., Lampkin, N. H., Leifert, C., Leitch, M., Robinson, D., Watson, C. A. and Litterick, A. M. (2002) The agronomic and economic potential of break crops for ley/arable rotations in temperate organic agriculture. Advances in Agronomy, 77, 370-427.

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