Defra is the UK government department responsible for safeguarding the natural environment, supporting the UK’s world-leading food and farming industry, and sustaining a thriving rural economy. Defra’s broad remit means the department plays a major role in people’s day-to-day life, from the food we eat, and the air we breathe, to the water we drink.
The effects of reduced tillage practices and organic material additions on the carbon content of arable soils
A report summaring results from a review which looks at the extent by which reduced tillage practices and organic material returns could increase the organic carbon content of English and Welsh arable soils.resource
Wildlife-friendly farming increases crop yield: evidence for ecological intensification
Research that looked at the effects of creating wildlife-friendly habitats in less productive areas of fields on a conventional arable farm.resource
Charlock Management in Organic Systems
Leaflet summarising methods of prevention and control of charlock in organic systems.resource
Challenging times for farmers affected by drought
As you will only be too well aware, the prolonged hot and dry weather conditions have created difficulties in meeting the requirements of rural grant...blog
Don’t miss your chance to have a say in the future of UK food and farming!
Whatever your opinion on Brexit, the current opportunity to feed into the future of food farming should not be missed! The Defra consultation paper, 'Health...blog
Fat-Hen Management in Organic Systems
Leaflet summarising methods of prevention and control of fat-hen in organic systems.resource
Organic weed management
A fantastic resource providing detailed information to help you manage weeds in ways that will benefit your crops, soil and pollinators.resource
Digestate and compost in agriculture
Anaerobic digestate and compost as sources of plant nutrients and organic matter; research findings and guidance on practical application.resource
Protecting insect pollinators from pesticide risk
Minimising pesticide risks to pollinators; what we know and what farmers and policy makers can do about it.resource
Converting to Organic Farming
Defra webpage with information about how to convert your farm to organic.resource
Bees' Needs: food and a home
A short video of why we need pollinators and they need us. What simple actions can we take to help reduce the many threats pollinators face?resource
The benefits of managing pollinators for crop production
Practical advice on how we as farmers and growers, can manage pollinators and achieve optimum returns, and pointers for policymakers.resource
Bees’ Needs: food and a home
A “Call to Action” from Defra and The Wildlife Trusts providing practical information to help us increase food and shelter for pollinators.resource
National Pollinator Strategy
Defra’s National Pollinator Strategy; established to help protect the future of pollinators and ensure their needs are addressed in land and habitat management.resource
Organic Team, UK
I have worked in Government since 1987 moving to Defra in December 2004. I worked on the Sites of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) condition...
Policy Adviser & PhD Researcher
I have always been interested in sustainable land use and ethical farming practices and fully believe in the principles and mission of Agricology...
Organic Technical Advisor
Following early careers in catering and then mechanical engineering I studied Rural Resource Management at Seale Hayne (University of Plymouth)....