24 September 2014
Practical sustainability assessment workshop

Sustainability assessment and carbon footprinting for dairy farmers

25 September 2014
Non-inversion tillage techniques

Field lab at Yatesbury House Farm, Wiltshire



24 September 2014
SOLIBAM recommendations on seed laws

Policy recommendations for legal aspects of seed certification and protection of Plant Breeders’ Rights and Farmers’ Rights

17 September 2014
Derogations on young poultry and protein feed to continue

Derogations for non-organic pullets and 5% non-organic feed extended to 31 December 2017



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.

Mr. Roger Hitchings

Job title

No longer working at ORC

Contact details

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Academic qualifications

BSc (Hons) in Soil Science, University of Reading, 1970
Postgraduate Certificate in Education – PGCE(FE), University College of Wales, Newport, 1992

Main roles and responsibilities

  • Managing the Information Services Team
  • Co-ordinating the advisory team
  • Providing consultancy in organic horticulture, standards development and planning issues at home and abroad
  • Working with colleagues on a range of projects
  • Providing liaison and input to Organic Centre Wales
  • Providing coverage of a range of educational activities

External activities

  • Secretary, Organic Growers Alliance
  • Pool Member, EU Expert Group for Technical Advice on Organic Production
  • Chairman of the Board, JobForce Wales Ltd

Selected publications

Booth, E., Cook, P., Fletcher, D., Hitchings, R., Newman, G., Palmer, H., Randerson, P. & Sutherland R. (2000) The Potential Contribution of Alternative Sectors to a Sustainable Agricultural Industry and Rural Economy in Wales – A Comparative Assessment. SAC Agro Industrial Research Services, Inverurie.

Dewhirst, C., Green, M., Haward, R., Hitchings, R., Pickering, J., Phillips, L. & Rayns, F. (2004) UK Market Assessment for Composted Materials in Organic Farming, Waste and Resources Action Programme, Banbury

Firth, C., Geen, N., and Hitchings, R. (2003) The UK Organic Vegetable Market (2001/02 season). HDRA, Coventry

Firth, C., Geen, N., and Hitchings, R. (2005) The UK Organic Vegetable Market 2003-04. HDRA, Coventry

Hitchings, R. (2007) Compost: the effect on nutrients, soil health and crop quantity and quality – a PACA Res review (PDF 173KB). IOTA

Clarke, S., Hitchings, R. & Trump, A. (2007) Market Review of the Welsh Organic Arable Sector. Organic Centre Wales, Aberstwyth

Hitchings, R. (2007) Market Review of the Welsh Horticultural Sector. Organic Centre Wales, Aberystwyth,

Hitchings, R. & Robertshaw, P. (2003) Organic Horticultural Seed Trials in Wales. Organic Centre Wales, Aberystwyth.

Click here to see Roger Hitchings's publications on Organic eprints.