40 years of ORC: Pioneering research in #40rganic farming

To round off our 40th anniversary year we have published an ebook celebrating our pioneer research in organic farming. This brings together all the Factsheets and Research Digests that we have put together over the last year into one publication.

Originally established as the Elm Farm Research Centre in 1981, over the last forty years the ORC has delivered pioneering research that has helped transform the organic sector in the UK and beyond. During this time, it has collaborated with some of the world’s leading scientists on applied research into issues as diverse as agroforestry, wheat populations & genetics and public goods assessments. In addition, ORC has worked with farmers converting to organic production and helped them to access value-added markets, supporting the formation of organisations such as OMSCo and Organic Arable. It has also created innovative information hubs such as Agricology to share research widely across the industry and has influenced policy, helping ensure that Defra supported organic production within environmental stewardship schemes.


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