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Final details of organic cereals event

Date Published: 30/06/2009

The speaker line-up for National Organic Cereals 2009 has today been unveiled.

The biggest organic cereals event of the year is now just over a week away and anyone interested in attending is being urged to snap up the final available delegate places.

National Organic Cereals 2009 is a collaboration between control body, Organic Farmers & Growers, and leading advisors, Abacus Organic Associates.

The event, being held at Shimpling, Suffolk, on July 9, will showcase trial plots as well as giving delegates access to those with the best advice and information on organic crops. The day will focus on best practice, as well as the realistic opportunities for those considering converting.

National Organic Cereals 2009 is the follow-on from the first event of its kind last year, which was held in Shrewsbury, Shropshire, and was rated as a huge success by speakers, delegates and exhibitors alike.

Organised by OF&G and Abacus, the event is being backed by headline sponsor Triodos Bank, with support from the HGCA (both for the second year), and Norton Organic Grain Ltd.

Places are limited to 170 delegates, with subsidised tickets costing £8, to include an organic lunch.

Speakers will include Miller, Paul Matthews, of FWP Matthews, with a ‘View from the Mill’, while Simon Tubbs, of Norton Organic Grain, will provide a ‘View from the Market’. There will also be hands-on experience from farmer John Pawsey, who is hosting the day on his land and has been an organic farmer for a decade, as well the thoughts of Richard Lunnon, who has recently completed conversion, and others.

OF&G Chief Executive, Richard Jacobs, said: “These events are a practical look at the options and opportunities of organic, from the growing to the marketing. We’re not out to preach to anyone, but we do want to put all the facts in their way so that they can decide for themselves whether to take advantage of organic farming. We have lots of farmers, buyers, millers and producers coming, so everyone will be represented.”

As well as the presentations there will be a wide variety of trade stands, a series of afternoon advice clinics on issues ranging from certification to finance, plus a panel-led discussion.