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--- On Thu, 11/2/16, Jane Dingwall <JDin...@soilassociation.org> wrote:

> From: Jane Dingwall <JDin...@soilassociation.org>
> Subject: Organic: an opportunity, forthcoming events and Field Lab news
> To:
> Date: Thursday, 11 February, 2016, 10:41
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> Dear
> all,
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> Please see below information on
> events that are coming up, as well news on organic
> farming funding support and an opportunity to get involved
> with your own on-farm Field
> Lab.
>  
> We would be really
> grateful if you could circulate this to your networks and
> put the information on your websites/in your newsletters as
> appropriate. Please don’t hesitate to get in touch if
> you have any queries or would like to book a
> place.
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> Best wishes,
> Lyn and David
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> Organic farming
> funding support in Scotland
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> Farmers
> and growers in Scotland have the opportunity to apply for
> organic conversion and organic maintenance payments, until
> the deadline of 15 April
> 2016. Find out more here.
>  
> SOIL: Knowing what you’ve got
> & making it work for you.  Practical hands-on day
> with James Bretherton, Agscope, includes BYO soil & soil
> analysis session
> Tuesday 16th February,
> Tain
> Wednesday 17th February,
> Aboyne
> Thursday 18th February,
> Dunkeld
> A practical
> informative meeting with James Bretherton,
> Agscope looking at the most vital asset on your farm
> SOIL. Discussing soil analysis, physical soil assessment,
> taking appropriate remedial action & answering your
> soil-related
> questions. The event includes a BYO soil & soil
> analysis hands-on
> session. Free of charge to farmers and land managers
> & £40.00 plus VAT to others. Booking is required,
> so lunch & packs can be provided.
> For further information please call Lyn 07899 791748 or
> email
> lwh...@soilassociation.org
>  
> Managing Rushes Without
> Chemicals, Thursday 3rd March, Caithness
> (second meeting)
> kindly supported by Caithness Wetlands and Wildlife
> Initiative
> A practical one day
> workshop on controlling rushes without chemicals.  This
> follows on from a successful meeting in November that
> explored different control options on farms with important
> habitat for wading birds. Booking is essential
> so that lunch & resource packs can be provided. Free
> of charge to farmers and land managers and £40.00 plus
> VAT to others.  Call David on 07718 570 946 or email
> dmi...@soilassociation.org
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> There will be follow up rush
> events
> in Crianlarich in early summer
> and  a big wrap-up meeting in Kingussie in late
> summer. Reports and resources from our recent
> Rush Field Labs are available
> here.
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> New Field Labs
> We are looking for new Field
> Lab ideas: to test new approaches, share best practice,
> and solve problems. Field Labs bring agricultural research
> directly to the field and the shed, bringing farmers and
> growers
> together with a researcher and a dedicated facilitator to
> focus on your own research questions.
> If you would like to be involved in any of the
> Field Labs listed below, have an idea you want to test, or
> if you want to look at something from a different
> perspective, get in touch at
> dmi...@soilassociation.org.
> Field Labs are available to all farmers, not just organic
> ones.
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> Cultivating Soil Health
> Field Lab.  We have just started looking at a
> reduced tillage Field Lab, where we will measure its impact
> on soil health, as well as on weeds and yield.  If you
> are interested in this topic then please get
> in touch and be part of it.    
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> Field Lab ideas following feedback
> from producers and the industry:  
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> Cobalt: for soil, plants, and
> livestock – this field lab will investigate
> cobalt’s relationship with soil health, forage
> production, and livestock productivity.
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> Nutrition around calving –
> this field lab will investigate if a few changes to
> winter rations can improve your system.
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> Profitable use of forage –
> this field lab will investigate what is the best
> strategy for silage production; evaluating different
> strategies in terms of costs and benefits by looking at
> livestock performance.
> More information available
> here.
>  
> Funded by The
> Scottish Government & The European Agricultural Fund for
> Rural Development with partner funding from QMS, Forestry
> Commission Scotland, Innovative Farmers & The
> Prince of Wales’s Charitable Foundation.
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