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The Australian Organic Roadshow arrives in Adelaide Hills

The BFA organic roadshow arrives in Adelaide Hills on Friday 1st August – Australian Organic Market Report findings released for the first time statewide.

South Australian organic growers and stakeholders will come together, collaborate and be informed on all things organic when the BFA Australian Organic Roadshow (held in eight national locations annually) arrives in Adelaide Hills, a region renowned for fine food production and home to a strong local hub of organic operators.

Short “farm to fork” talks will cover everything from primary production to trade and retail, presented by successful business managers and leaders in the region.

The roadshow will be held at local bio-dynamic success story BD Farm Paris Creek dairy, providing opportunity for all interested to network and obtain the freshest organic information, first-hand. A BD Paris Creek farm tour will follow a local, all-organic lunch.

Launch of first Australian organic data in four years!

The findings of the Australian Organic Market Report, the first all-industry Australian organic research publication available since 2004, will be released statewide at the event.

The report will detail farm gate and retail value by sector and offer insight into growth, trends and development of the Australian organic industry overall, with an evaluation discussion to follow on the day.

Alasdair Smithson, research project manager working for University of New England, says data and findings of this benchmark report will “act as a roadmap for organic industry members to plan future investment and direction in their businesses”.

“Apart from identifying the growth rate of individual sectors, the report provides such detail as obstacles facing current industry members, level of optimism of growers for future production and expansion, as well as identified opportunities for growth.”

Organic ‘safety net’ domestic standards revealed – what does it mean for industry?

Also set for discussion is the release of new draft domestic organic standard by Standards Australia. Dr. Andrew Monk, BFA Standards Chair and Standards Australia committee member will explain what it means for industry members.

“This new base standard is expected to assist in giving clout to the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission’s (ACCC’s) ability to prosecute business attempting to market products outside the organic industry’s own agreed standards. This is healthy for organic farmers doing the right thing, and healthy for consumers wanting to know they have bought a truly organic product” Dr Monk said.

Organic industry grows through shared information

Mr. Doug Haas, BFA Chairman says the roadshows have enjoyed high attendance in the past from those interested in obtaining the best industry information.

“Apart from obtaining technical and marketing information, these roadshows are important for opening communication between marketers and producers. We recognize this sharing of information is critical for our industry to continue to grow sustainably,” he said.

Learn more at the BFA Adelaide Hills organic trade roadshow!

When? Friday 1st August 8:30am – 3:30pm Where? BD Farm Paris Creek, Paris Creek Road, Meadows, SA (The Roadshow will be preceded by an organic networking and media event for the launch of the Australian Organic Market Report on Thursday 31st July in central Adelaide. Further details are available via the contact details below.)

For more information visit www.bfa.com.au (Events — Roadshows). To book your place contact BFA on (07) 3350 5716 email .

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