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Largest UK organic on-farm event unites food and farming sectors.

THE UK’s largest organic on-farm event, Organic Farmers & Growers’ (OF&G) annual National Organic Conference (NOC) will bring food and farming communities together to explore mixed, whole organic farming systems and organic food supply chains.

Previously known as National Organic Combinable Crops, the newly-named conference will be held at Green Acres Farm in Shropshire on Tuesday, July 4th 4, hosted by Mark Lea.

In its 16th year, NOC will focus on organic arable and integrated livestock systems as part of a mixed, whole farm approach, while exploring natural capital and organic food supply chains, with evidenced data to highlight organic in action and the benefits it continues to deliver. 

Delegates will be shown around a mixed 180ha farm business, certified organic for more than 20 years, and will hear from experts in agriculture and food on a global scale.

The international speaker line-up includes independent plant and soil health educator, Joel Williams, and Dr Julia Cooper and Henny Lowth from the ORC’s senior research team.

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Online platform service providers, Open Food Network and Trinity AgTech, specialising in connecting farmers directly with consumers and capturing natural capital respectively, will also be on hand to speak to delegates.

OF&G business development manager, Steven Jacobs, said: “Despite consumer concerns with rising prices across grocery categories, the UK organic market remains buoyant with an annual value of over £3bn. With many shoppers increasingly concerned about the potentially catastrophic loss in biodiversity and the effects of climate change on future generations, now is the time for the organic sector to step up and communicate its true value in helping to mitigate these challenges.”

Registration for NOC 2023 is now open. The full conference line-up will follow soon. For more information and to book your place, visit our events page.

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