Changing the future of food and farming

Organic Producer Conference (17th and 18th)

Event Date : January 17, 2011

Facing current and future challenges

Fresh ideas to improve the technical, financial and environmental performance of your farm and business.

The last two years have been particularly challenging to producers of organic food. Market conditions have been mixed,
with some sectors holding up, others suffering reduced demand, and yet others where prices have held up despite large increases
in supply, but at the expense of a disappearing premium. At the same time, public expenditure cuts pose a real threat to future
support payments. Environmental sustainability comes at a price.

If you are concerned about how to cope with these challenges, perhaps even thinking about giving up, or still convinced and
looking for new ways forward, then this conference is for you. This event is where producers meet with each other and with advisers
and researchers to debate ideas and be inspired.

Conference proceedings

View the presentations and reports from the conference
here.

Full Programme


The full conference programme for both days is now available to download online. All sessions are confirmed and the programme details the topics and speakers. Follow the link above to download a PDF copy of the Full Programme.

Please note that the grower sessions on Protected Cropping and Novel Crops have been swapped – see the full programme for details.

Outline Conference Programme and Registration forms to download and print out


Conference Fees


Additional financial support for producers

We have kept costs as low as possible for producers and are currently actively investigating additional support options. We are very pleased
that eligible producers in South West England may qualify for a 50% rebate on their conference fees, with thanks to:

SW producer participants who are eligible (as a guide those earning their living directly by owning and/or working on a
farm with a SW Holding Number) under the South West RDPE Skills Programme will be able after the event to benefit from a 50%
refund of their conference attendance fee. When making your booking, please indicate if you wish to be considered for this
refund, and we will ensure you are provided with the necessary re-claim documents.

It looks likely that financial support may also be available for
producers from Wales and Growers. As soon as we can confirm details, we will provide information here on how to access this support.

Conference venue & Accommodation

Four Pillars Hotel, Cotswold Water Park, South Cerney, Gloucestershire, GL7 5FP

Why not bring your partner to conference, for a small additional fee, and they can enjoy the Hotels excellent spa facilities, a visit to the gym, a massage or one of the many other beauty treatments available?

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