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Organic : Better Business Welsh Organic Conference

Organic Centre Wales has announced the date and theme of its annual conference at Llanelwedd.

This year's conference, Organic: Better Business will be held on Thursday 27 October 2011 at the Royal Welsh Showground in Llanelwedd. The conference provides an opportunity for organic farmers, producers and businesses to come together and discuss the issues they currently face, learn from one another's experiences and share good practice.

With contributions from some of the sector's leaders, including the Deputy Minister for Agriculture, Food, Fisheries and European Programmes, Alun Davies AM; Helen Browning, Director of the Soil Association and Sue Fowler, Director of Organic Centre Wales, the conference will provide a platform for debate on issues facing the organic industry.

Sue Fowler, Director of Organic Centre Wales commented: “Organic Centre Wales' annual conference enables real dialogue between organic businesses at all stages of the supply chain – from farmers to buyers and policy formers.

“Every year, we receive valuable feedback from delegates about how much they've gained from attending the conference and we're confident that this year's event will be equally valuable. We anticipate a great response from farmers, policy makers and advisory bodies alike and look forward to welcoming them all to the Royal Welsh Showground.”

A wide variety of topics are on the agenda – from alternative farming models to using social media, EU policies and perspectives to challenging the current economy and developing a thriving business. The day's programme includes a raft of presentations and workshops and an opportunity, at the end of the day, for further networking at a business to business trade fair.

Full details of the conference, including how to book a place can be found on the Organic Centre Wales website www.organiccentrewales.org.uk
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For further information: Please contact Alwena Hughes Moakes, alwena@indegpr.co.uk 01970 800 400 / 07779 101 351.

Editors' Notes:
Media interviews with key contributors are available in advance of and on the day. Please contact Alwena Hughes Moakes to arrange.

Organic Centre Wales
Organic Centre Wales is the national resource for consumers, farmers and policy makers committed to more sustainable food and farming in Wales. Based at Aberystwyth University, OCW is managed by a partnership consisting of the ADAS, the Organic Research Centre Elm Farm, and the Institute of Biological, Environmental and Rural Sciences at Aberystwyth University. For further details please visit: www.organiccentrewales.org.uk.

The conference will highlight some of the work of the Better Organic Business Links (BOBL) project run Organic Centre Wales to support the sector, and funded under the Supply Chain Efficiencies scheme as part of the Welsh Assembly Government Rural Development Plan. The project is designed to support the primary producer in Wales and grow the market for Welsh organic produce in a sustainable way. The project is developing new, emerging and existing markets for organic produce whilst driving innovation, at all levels, within the supply chain. The overall aim is to support a thriving Welsh organic sector so that the benefits of WG investment in the Organic Farming Scheme to generate agri-environmental benefits, and in the Welsh Organic Action Plan to support rural development and sustainable food production, can be fully realised.

The Organic Conversion Information Service is funded by the Welsh Government to provide information to producers, to enable them to make an informed decision on whether to change to organic management and certification – the helpline, an information pack and up to three free on-farm visits are available. Contact the OCW helpline on: 01970 622100.

A window of application for the Organic Farming Conversion Scheme (OFCS) 2012 is open between 3 October and 4 November 2011. It will support land starting conversion between 2 January 2011 and 1 January 2012. Applications must be supported by a conversion plan, and you may be eligible for further assistance in the preparation of this plan through OCIS. Contact the Helpline on 01970 622100 for details

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