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The Organic Producer Conference is getting closer! We have a great line-up already with more to come! See the latest programme here. Together with the Soil Association’s National Soil Symposium (25th November), which will be focusing on resilience, it should be an inspiring three days.

ORC organisers

The ORC Organic Producers’ Conference has producer-focused technical, business and policy workshops on the first day (26th November), and a more specific focus on current research and innovation activities on the second day (27th November), with the aim of bringing producers, researchers, advisers and students together to make change happen!

Residential packages including the Symposium and ORC Conference are available from £188 +VAT. Day tickets from £56 +VAT. There are further discounts available for eligible English producers for both events through the RDPE. Bursaries are available on application. Please note the early bird closing date of 31st October 2014 with all prices increasing by 20% from 1st November 2014. More on the conference here.

Bursaries available

ernest cook logoWe have funds from various sources, including the Organic Growers Alliance and the Ernest Cook Trust, to enable young people (students/apprentices/new entrants) with limited means to attend the conference.

We have also secured bursaries for young people living in Berkshire. If you are 26 or under, resident in Berkshire and training (student/apprentice) to or starting a career in agriculture, you may qualify for one of our Gordon Palmer Memorial Trust bursaries.

greenham common logoBursary funding is also available from the Greenham Common Trust for young people (aged 18-26) from West Berkshire who are registered on an existing FE/HE course in agriculture, horticulture or related topic, or engaged in a relevant work-experience placement or apprenticeship scheme, or at an early stage of a career in a food or farming related business.

If you think you may qualify for any of the above bursaries, please e-mail Gillian Woodward with details of your address, age and circumstances to check your eligibility.