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Top TV farmer at organic arable event

Date Published: 08/06/2010

One of the biggest events in the organic farming calendar will this year feature a question and answer session headed by BBC Countryfile presenter, Adam Henson, it has been revealed.

Countryfile's Adam Henson will be chairing a panel at National Organic Cereals 2010
Countryfile's Adam Henson will be chairing a panel at National Organic Cereals 2010

Countryfile’s Adam Henson will be chairing a panel at National Organic Cereals 2010

National Organic Cereals has grown into a key event for organic producers from across the UK and in 2009 attracted around 200 delegates and exhibitors from the farming, feed, seed and milling sectors, when it was held in Suffolk.

Organised by leading organic control body, Organic Farmers & Growers (OF&G), the one-day event is this year being held in Hampshire, on July 8, at Fullerton Farm, Andover. It will showcase more than 30 varieties of organic trial crops and feature speakers tackling issues around the challenges and rewards of organic cereal production. There will also be a moisture meter clinic run by Organic Arable.

Chief Executive of OF&G, Richard Jacobs, explained: “Most of the key people from the organic arable sector have shown huge enthusiasm for our event and we look forward to seeing them there again this year. We’re particularly pleased that Adam Henson has agreed to chair a panel for us because he’s respected as a farmer as much as he is a television presenter and will bring a new dimension to the day.

“The event is for organic and non-organic farmers alike to share experiences, learn about the market for organic crops and get a warts-and-all look at the opportunities and pitfalls of organic production. There is a great potential for good returns in organic because the UK is seriously short of home-grown cereals and demand is still high. We don’t preach to anyone; if we can open the eyes of newcomers to organic and support those who are already converted, that will be a job well done.”

The event, which has Triodos Bank as its headline sponsor, has proven to be a key meeting opportunity for the organic sector, with many farmers using it as a chance to get together with familiar faces and come face-to-face with millers, grain merchants and others who are linked to their business.

Delegates and exhibitors can download a booking form for National Organic Cereals 2010 from here. Tickets are £15 in advance and include an organic sit-down lunch.