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Organic: Better business

Welsh organic conference, 27 October 2011, Llanelwedd

Over 90 delegates attended a day of talks and workshops at this year's Welsh organic conference.The theme was improving business performance in the organic sector and strengthening its economic, social and environmental sustainability, as well as food security and business co-operation. The conference built on the Better Organic Business Links project which Organic Centre Wales is running on behalf of the organic sector. Sue Fowler and Alun Davies AMConference audience

Speaking at the conference, the Deputy Minister said: “The Welsh Government has a long history of providing support to organic farmers through the Organic Farming Conversion Scheme, the Better Organic Business Links project and the Farming Connect scheme, which are all helping farmers to deliver products of excellent quality as the True Taste awards recognised this year.

“Organic farming is a growing industry in Wales, with 8.5% of Welsh farmland now being farmed organically compared to 4.5% across the UK. An increasing number of farmers are recognising the added value that organic food can bring as well as the environmental benefits and I am pleased that the Welsh Government is supporting them to do this."

Sue Fowler said: “Throughout the day participants embraced the opportunity to share ideas and best practices with other organic businesses. The main purpose of the conference was achieved as participants explored new concepts to help their organic businesses to thrive.

“The day-long conference was full of lively discussion, great food and stimulating company.”

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Plenary sessions

Chair: Sue Fowler, Organic Centre Wales
Eirwen Williams, Menter a Busnes: Farming Connect support for the organic sector
Helen Browning, Soil Association: A strategy for the future

Alun Davies, AM, Deputy Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries, Food and European Programmes.


1. Choosing your outlets
Jenny Collins, Soil Association: Catering Mark and Food for Life
Sion Hughes, Mabis: How to win tenders in the public sector
Workshop report

2. How to stay in business
Jane Warren, Abaca: Tools for sustainability
Susanne Padel, ORC: Business ethics. See related paper.
Kevin Thomas, Lantra: Welsh Food and Drink Skills Project
Workshop report

3. Different farming models
Philip Meade, Share cropping agreements
Jade Bashford, Soil Association: Secure alternative markets
Gwenan Ellis, Whole Farm Plans
Workshop report

4. Managing internal parasites in organic systems – a joint workshop with Farming Connect and OCW
Heather McCalman, IBERS: Organic grassland management and animal health
Eurion Thomas, Innovis: Monitoring parasite burdens
Mair Morgan, ADAS: Internal parasites of sheep.

5. EU Policies and perspectives
Susanne Padel, ORC: Member States' policy support for organic farming (presentation not available)
Nic Lampkin, ORC: CAP Reform
Sian Hughes, Welsh Government: EU policy and Wales
Workshop report

6. Securing our food supply
Simon Bilsborough, Welsh Government: Sustainable development and food policy
Peter Harper, CAT: Zero Carbon Britain
Steve Garrett, Riverside Commmunity Market Association:
Workshop report

7. Selling organic – What is the market for organic in Wales?
Alwena Hughes Moakes, Indeg PR Using social media to boost your business
Huw Bowles, Organic Trade Board Generic marketing campaigns
Lucy Watkins, OCW: Selling organic in Wales
Workshop report
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