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Business Opportunities In Scotland’s Organic Farming Sector

A one-day SAC conference at Dunkeld on 17 October will focus on the business opportunities available to Scotland’s organic farming sector.

Birnam Arts & Conference Centre

Birnam Arts & Conference Centre

The conference aims to enhance understanding and awareness of the sector and enable participants to make business or policy decisions with increased confidence.

A variety of areas will be explored including: organic market development, the organic consumer, Organic Aid, organic standards, red meat processing, opportunities and challenges in production of organic eggs, table birds, milk, pigs, arable crops and field scale vegetables. SAC Farm Business Consultant, Euan Hart, will discuss business considerations when converting to organic production.

Other speakers are: David Younie and Caroline Bayliss of SAC, Eric Buchan (McIntosh Donald), Kevin Smith (Highland Organics), Stuart Martin (Scottish Organic Milk Producers), Kirsten Beddows (Scottish Government) and Giles Henry, Neil Wright, Brian Kaye and Andrew Skea (all organic producers).

This event is aimed at bank managers, financial advisors, consultants, journalists, agri-business representatives, auctioneers, producers (both organic & non organic) and government representatives. It is open and will be of interest to anyone with an interest in the organic sector.

The conference will take place on Wednesday, 17th October 2007 at Birnam Arts & Conference Centre, Dunkeld PH8 0DS.

Places are limited and will be allocated on a first come first served basis. The cost of the day is £20.00 (no VAT payable) and will include lunch and coffee. Prior booking and payment is essential.

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