Mark Measures Associates provides the following organic farming services (click on the links to find further information):

     
Farm business assessment and strategic advice  
Organic conversion planning  
Farm Sustainability Assessment and Advice  
Technical advice  
Soil and Water Management  
Training and Study Tours  
National organic farming policy and development  
Research project technical advice and dissemination  
   

Farm business assessment and strategic advice
Farm business advice is provided to farming businesses, investors, development projects and commercial companies based on many years of experience of organic standards, the market and farm management. Financial planning tools and production benchmarking data drawn from the Organic Farm management Handbook and Organic Farm incomes of England Wales report are used where appropriate.



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Organic conversion planning
Planning the conversion of a farm is a major undertaking; the experience of following through the conversion of numerous farms over many years has shown the benefits of a structured approach that plans a suitable system for each farm and sets out a timetable and detailed financial budgeting for the conversion period. Mark contributed to the development of the Org-Plan organic conversion-planning tool, which may be used to help in the planning process.

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Farm Sustainability Assessment and Advice
“Sustainable farming” is the buzzword in policy circles. Organic farming has of course led the way in the development of sustainable farming and Mark has contributed to the development by Organic Research Centre of a Sustainable Farming Assessment Tool which identifies how well a farm is performing in all the environmental, social and financial objectives of a sustainable farm. Advice is provided on how to ensure the farm delivers more effectively in future. Further information on the Sustainability Assessment Service is provided here.

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Technical advice
Technical advice specialising in organic dairy, beef, sheep, arable and field crop production, grassland management, wildlife conservation and environmental management. We provide technical advice through farm visits and annual consultancy contracts, offering farm visits, telephone advice and regular email updates.


Woodlands organic veg box

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Soil and Water Management
Soil management advice using soil analysis, nutrient budgeting and soil structure assessment and water catchment advice.

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Training and Study Tours

Training courses for farmers and others. One-day and multi-day training courses are provided to individuals and groups on organic farming technical and business management

" Firstly congratulations to you & Organic Research Centre on the project...the  event I attended is the best technical event I have attended in a long time." Andrew Trump of Organic Arable (participant on the Leglink and diverse leys workshop, 2016)

"It really was an excellent event and I got so much more out of than I thought. I think that the tool will become indispensable - if there are any updates will you let us know?" (quote from participant at Nutrient Budgetting event, Feb 2014)

Study tours
With an extensive network throughout the organic world we are able to provide organic farming study tours in the UK and internationally, including other European countries and Argentina.

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National organic farming policy and development
We provide management, marketing and strategic advice to development projects and analysis of organic farming policy opportunities and support measures. Working with colleagues Mark Measures Associates has provided policy advice and technical and management services to a number of international projects in first and third world countries.

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Research project technical advice and dissemination
Advice is provided to research projects, including identifying the research priorities, securing farmer participation, provision of technical advice and dissemination of the results to farmers and growers. Work in the past has included the Leg Link Project and the P Link project and analysis of the international research on the environmental impact of organic farming. As Director of IOTA, Mark was responsible for a major Defra-funded, research dissemination project, PACARes.


Technical advice for the Defra funded Leg Link project on diverse leguminous leys

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