Source: Organic Farmers & Growers
National Organic Cereals 2012 will be held at Blandford, Dorset on 5 July 2012. The event will give farmers from around the UK a chance to hear from the experts on issues ranging from CAP reform to organic farm income and fertility building, as well as allowing them to get into the fields to examine the results of extensive crop trials. Now in its fifth year, the event has become a popular fixture in the organic farming calendar, bringing together producers, millers, buyers, seed companies, researchers and more from across the sector to share expertise, experience and market data. (Picture: National Organic Cereals 2011)
Having been held at a variety of locations around the country, National Organic Cereals will this year move to the south west for the first time, being hosted by mother and son, Sarah Worrall and Jimi Collis, at Launceston Farm, Blandford, Dorset. Well-known BBC Radio 4 presenter, Charlotte Smith, of the station’s Farming Today programme, will be hosting the day’s presentations, including the chance for a question and answer session with the panelists.
The event is the product of a partnership between control body Organic Farmers & Growers, and consultancy firm Abacus Organic Services. It was launched in 2008 in a bid to highlight the opportunities in organic cereals to farmers, with a look at both the rewards and the challenges involved. Chief Executive of Organic Farmers & Growers, Richard Jacobs, said: “Every year when we hold this event the landscape for organics is a little bit different. Research continues to inform organic farmers, not least regarding the varieties of crops available and our knowledge of them, plus the markets continue to move, so it’s a great opportunity for farmers to stay up-to-date.”
Key names in food and farming have added their support for the event, with this year’s sponsors including Waitrose, Rude Health, SAI Global, Robin Appel, Organic Arable, Natural England, Pearce Seeds and The Farm Consultancy Group. A wide array of trade stands will also be a key feature of the day. More than 220 delegates, exhibitors and speakers came to the 2011 event and delegate places for this event are already filling fast. Booking forms are available on the Organic Farmers & Growers website: http://ofng.me/noc12.