Organic conversion free advice returns
A re-vampled free information and advice service for English farmers thinking of converting to organic production has been launched by Defra Sustainable Food and Farming Minister Lord Rooker.
The advisory service – OCIS ( Organic Conversion and Information Service) will be delivered by Natural England (NE) on Defra’s behalf. It will provide conventional farmers with free and impartial information on the principles and mechanics of organic production to help them decide whether conversion is appropriate for their business. It will comprise of a national helpline (which will provide initial advice and a comprehensive information pack), a dedicated website and a free on-farm advisory visits service that will supplement the initial advice provided.