Organic Studies Centre
Committed to the delivery of high quality trials, demonstrations and training programmes for organic agriculture. This is achieved by working closely with organic producers, conducting sound scientific investigation and ensuring effective dissemination of information.
Based at the Rosewarne campus, the Organic Studies Centre is part of Duchy College's Rural Business School. Staff at the Centre are involved in a wide range of research and training activities in Cornwall, in the wider south west of England and also through national and international projects.
We have been able to offer financial support for training for South West farmers via the RDPE-funded South West Skills Programme. The Skills Programme has supported a wide range of training events including those aimed at organic farmers.
The Rural Business School has also delivered the following projects, funded through the Rural Devlopment Plan for England (RDPE):
The South West Agricultural Resource Management (SWARM) Knowledge Hub; a web-based knowledge exchange project aimed at sharing information on resource management with the farming community in the South West to help improve sustainability and profitability. The project's main aim has been to ensure that the most up to date knowledge on all aspects of farm resource management is made available to the farming community, improving the economic and environmental performance of agriculture through research, skills development and knowledge transfer.
South West Healthy Livestock Initiative (SWHLI); a programme with a primary aim of raising the profitability of the South West livestock industry through improving health and welfare amongst farmed animals.
Healthy Livestock (developed by a range of organisations and led by the Rural Business School as part of SWHLI); focused on controlling incidences of disease and lameness, nutrition, breeding and parasite control, contributing to funding towards vet and adviser consultations, diagnostic tests, farmer discussion groups and a programme of training events.
South West Layers and Game Bird Initiative; a programme of animal health and welfare knowledge exchange and training support for the benefit of egg producers and game bird keepers across South West England.
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