Forum Meeting Summaries

Twenty Seventh Meeting of the Scottish Organic Forum on 25th September 2014

At this meeting the SOF discussed the following topics: the new and existing OAP’s and actions to date; stakeholder engagement; the proposed EU regulation; Cap Reform; SRDP; an organic sector update; new SOF chairperson appointment and the new SOF website.

Twenty Sixth Meeting of the Scottish Organic Forum on 10th July 2014

 The SOF met before lunch and discussed the following topics: updating progress of the Scottish OAP; the development of the new SOF website; sector promotion and encouraging new conversions; the SRDP and CAP Reform; innovation in organic farming; the new comms plan; identification of long term strategic priorities; the EIP Workshop meeting; the EU and TP Organic Consultations and a sector update.

 Lunch was an open invitation for stakeholders and was followed by an open meeting / workshop which considered and addressed the following areas:

  • Learning from the best in Europe [OAP case studies from France & Finland
  • Where are we right now? [Scottish organic SWOT analysis]
  • Where are we headed [Ideas for a 10 year vision]
  • What now [Actions for the next 5 years]

A farm tour to the long term rotational trials at SRUC Craibstone finished off the afternoon.  The next SOF meeting will be in Edinburgh on 25th September 2014.

Twenty Fifth Meeting of the Scottish Organic Forum on 17th April 2014

The SOF discussed the following topics: opportunities for organic producers at the Commonwealth Games; progress of the current Scottish OAP; the new SOF email address, the SOF website and greater transparency of SOF activities; sector promotion; encouraging new conversions; SRDP / Greening / CAP reform; events; SA Market Report / OML Producer Survey 2014; the new comms plan; sector update; opportunities through LEADER programme; Organic Scotland; REA Consultation on research strategy 2016 – 2021; Sewage Sludge; NVZ Consultation; the new EU OAP and the proposed new EU regulations and the development of long term strategic priorities for Scotland’s organic sector and to inform the new Scottish OAP.  The SOF have planned an open meeting in Aberdeen for all stakeholders on 10th July 2014.

 

Twenty Fourth Meeting of the Scottish Organic Forum on 16th January 2014

At this meeting the SOF discussed the following topics: progress, recording and information dissemination of the work done to date delivering the OAP actions; promoting and growing the production aspect of Scotland’s organic sector; the 2014 SOF event planed for early summer; scoring criteria for organic conversion and maintenance SRDP applications; how organics fits into future marketing strategies and agendas; sector update and having an open SOF meeting on 17th April to which all stakeholders are invited.

Twenty Third Meeting of the Scottish Organic Forum on 24th October 2013

The SOF met and discussed a variety of different topics including: the opportunities available to promote organics during Homecoming 2014; how to generate market data in the independent organic retail sector; recruitment of producers into the organic sector; the impact of the SRDP and CAP Reform on the organic sector, the new OAP actions and a sector update from the different member organisations.

Twenty Second Meeting of the Scottish Organic Forum on 25th July 2013

The forum discussed a variety of topics including the recent UK Organic Policy Forum which was attended by members of the SOF; the transitional arrangements for the SRDP; organic catering opportunities for the Commonwealth Games in 2014; the recent resurgence of the organic market on the back of the horse meat scandal; the new Organic Action Plan and delivery of new actions; the need to recruit more producers into the sector and this years SOF event which will be organised for later in the year.

Twenty First Meeting of the Scottish Organic Forum on 18th April 2013

The forum discussed a plethora of topics including the launch of the new actions for Scotland’s Organic Action Plan and concerns in Scotland’s livestock sectors which have been exacerbated by the inclement weather and the resulting feed shortages. Several guests were present at the meeting; a representative of the English Organic Forum who gave a brief overview of their activities and two Scottish Government representatives who gave an update of the forthcoming SRDP consultations.  The Forum had an opportunity to review and discuss the new proposals concerning the restructured LMO and RP options.

Twentieth Meeting of the Scottish Organic Forum on 17th January 2013

The forum discussed in detail a number of topics including the potential for promoting organics at the Commonwealth Games [and other events in 2014]; management of the SOF website; FOI request; the contraction of the organic sector; issues re: pricing structure of OTM cattle; availability of Kantar data; promotion of the Scottish organic sector; launch of the new OAP Actions and working alongside other organisations such as SF&D, RHET and Nourish.

Nineteenth Meeting of the Scottish Organic Forum on 31st October 2012

 The forum discussed in detail a number of topics including the feedback from industry regarding the proposed new Action Points; delivery of the new Organic Action Plan actions; the inaugural SOF meeting held at Falkland in October; the CAP Reform and the organic messages for RHET. A representative from Scotland Food and Drink [SF&D] attended the meeting to provide an update of their current activities and to discuss how the work of SOF fits into the SF&D activities. 

Forum Event                                                                                       Organics: Going Forward held on 3rd October 2012, Falkland Village, Fife

Speakers included Alyn Smith, MEP and James Withers, Scotland Food and Drink.  There were updates on a number of projects offering opportunities for organics in Scotland, plus the chance to engage on the review of the Scottish Organic Action Plan and simply chat with other organic producers. In the afternoon, farm walks on Falkland Estate & Pillars of Hercules.

Eighteenth Meeting of the Scottish Organic Forum on 13th August 2012

 The forum discussed in detail the potential organic market opportunities for 2014 and the work to develop a consistent organic message for RHET co-ordinators continues. The SOF event at Falkland was discussed further and an overview of the CAP reform to date was presented. Views were sought for the proposed actions for the OAP review and these can be found at http://www.scottishorganicforum.co.uk/views.html.  Potential winter feed shortages were discussed and a database of feed supply and demand is being developed by SOPA in collaboration with SAC / Soil Association.

Seventeenth Meeting of the Scottish Organic Forum on 28th June 2012

 The forum discussed in detail a number of topics with regard to further supporting and promoting Scotland’s organic sector such as continued dialogue with Scotland Food & Drink; further collaboration with RHET; a SOF producer event in October; the CAP reform and the new actions for, and launch of, the OAP.

 Sixteenth Meeting of the Scottish Organic Forum on 24 April 2012

The forum discussed in detail a number of topics: collaborating with RHET; raising the profile of the organic sector; the CAP reform; development of new actions for the OAP and strengthening collaboration and increasing skills between producers. The new SOF website was unveiled and can be found here.

Fifteenth Meeting of the Scottish Organic Forum on 15 March 2012

The forum discussed in detail a number of topics: future collaboration with Scotland Food & Drink; potential for an SOF website; review of the original actions from the Organic Futures: An Action Plan for organic food and farming in Scotland and considered new actions for the next twelve months OAP and raising the profile of Scotland’s organic sector.

Fourteenth Meeting of the Scottish Organic Forum on 14 February 2012

The forum discussed in detail a number of sub topics: collaborating with Scotland Food & Drink; promotion of the organic sector in Scotland – getting kids out on farms, working to encourage more organic conversions and retain existing producers in the sector; update of organic R&D issues; reviewing the OAP one year on; the current CAP reform and the potential for a SOF Conference in Scotland.  The SOF invited on a new member to represent the organic horticultural sector.

Thirteenth Meeting of the Scottish Organic Forum on 23 November 2011

The forum discussed in detail a number of sub topics: progress of the Organic Action Plan [OAP] actions to date; liaising with other UK organic fora; the recent UK Policy Forum meeting; the Food for Life Restaurant at the RHS; the current CAP Reform; establish a web page and domain address and further promotion of the SOF. The SOF also responded to consultation re: Catering for Change.