Macleay Valley Organic Beef Investment
Organic beef is currently the second fastest growing organic sector (behind organic dairy), worth $198M annually. Today’s overall organics agribusiness sector is valued at $1.72B representing 15.4% compound growth, four times the pace of conventional agriculture.
This highly targeted Macleay Valley Food Bowl Workshop will explain how local beef producers can gain certification and access the growing Organic Beef sector. Common myths, including the time-consuming and expensive nature of certification, will be taken up and addressed by industry leaders and producers.
This workshop is the fourth in the Macleay Valley Food Bowl Agribusiness Workshop series for existing and aspiring food producers. This workshop will provide valuable information and contacts to assist in identifying and accelerating premium organic beef production to meet current and future market demand.
The free workshop, Demystifying organic beef opportunities and certification, is the fourth in a series of workshops sponsored through Council’s Macleay Valley Food Bowl initiative. It will take place on Wednesday 18th May at the Council offices between 10:30am – 2:00pm.
Council’s Manager Economic Sustainability, Susannah Smith says the workshop will offer really practical advice for existing and aspiring food producers.
“Organic beef is currently the second fastest growing organic sector which represents a fantastic growth opportunity for local producers.
“The workshop will focus on explaining how local beef producers can gain certification for the organics sector as well as looking at some of the common myths surrounding this process,” said Ms Smith.
A number of highly experienced speakers will provide their insights and experiences to workshop attendees through presentations and panel discussions including Sally Ayre-Smith from Organic Marketing Company; Glenn Morris from FigTrees Organic Beef Farms and Ian Poe a vet and representative of North Coast Local Land Services.
The workshop is just one of the activities defined under the Macleay Valley Agribusiness Strategy, aiming to provide information and connections that assist the growth of the local agricultural sector.