SOPA urges Scottish farmers to convert to organic farming

AECS funding deadline looms

With fertiliser prices putting real pressure on farm costs, SOPA is urging Scotland's farmers and growers to apply for AECS funding to convert to organic farming before the deadline 29th April 2022.

Artificial fertiliser is not permitted in organic farming, with organic farmers relying on natural sources of the key plant nutrients.

The Scottish Government has made a manifesto promise to support the growth of organic farming in Scotland, and there are funding provisions to support organic conversion and maintenance in the AECS Scheme.

SOPA Manager and organic farmer, Debs Roberts, said: 

“The future of farm policy is very bright for organic farms, and with headline interest in soils, carbon friendly farming and biodiversity there is much opportunity for the natural capital benefits brought about by organic farm management.

“The AECS funding application window closes on 29th April 2022. SOPA offer free telephone advice to guide you through the process so call us and we will use all our expertise to keep you right. 

“We can help you while you are thinking about conversion, preparing for conversion and undergoing conversion. We talk you through the steps to apply for funding and can even act as your application agent if you wish. We also offer technical advice on the conversion process, important dates and steps you need to take.”

The SOPA Member Services team are on standby to assist with organic funding application queries so please do not hesitate to get in touch.


PO Box Golspie, KW106AA
Email: Tel: 0300 772 9795

Scottish Organic Producers Association, Registered Office is c/o Drummond Laurie, Algo Business Centre, Glenearn Rd, Perth, PH2 8BX.
Scottish Organic Producers Association is a Co-operative registered under the Co-operative and Community Benefit Societies Act 2014, Registration Number SP02278R. Organic Certification GB-ORG-17