6 January 2015
2015 Oxford Real Farming Conference

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14 January 2015
Agroecology and sustainable intensification

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18 December 2014
Hedgerow harvesting machinery trials

Different techniques for harvesting hedgerows compared at Elm Farm

17 December 2014
Organic Producers' Conference Proceedings online

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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.

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.