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New certification service in Scotland

New certification service in Scotland

Soil Association Certification has announced the addition of a new Certification Officer, Abigail Catt, who will be based in the Soil Association Scotland office in Edinburgh. This new appointment in Scotland will increase specialist support and boost access to certification advice for organic farmers and growers in Scotland and the North of England.
The Scottish government are increasing payment support for organic farming so this is an interesting time for farmers and growers who are considering converting to organic, and those already part of the organic market. Organic certification is an assurance for consumers of quality and sustainability – access to a dedicated Certification Officer in Scotland will be an additional resource for certified organic farmers and those looking to attain certification.

Lyn White, Agricultural Development Manager, Soil Association Scotland said: “We work closely with many licensees in Scotland and the addition of Abigail to the team will be a real asset. She will be able to support farmers looking to convert their farms to organic production and help existing licensees with more closely tailored support for their organic businesses. I am looking forward to introducing Abi to Scottish farmers when we attend Agriscot on the 18th November.”

Abigail will work closely with Lyn White to keep up to date with farming news and opportunities in Scotland and the North of England. Soil Association Certification is investing more resources into organic farming in Scotland and the appointment of an Edinburgh based certification officer will give Soil Association Certification an improved understanding of the Scottish farming landscape and of the issues faced by Scottish farmers.

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Notes to editors:
The Soil Association was founded in 1946 by farmers, scientists, doctors and nutritionists to promote the connection between the health of the soil, food, animals, people and the environment. Today the Soil Association is the UK's leading membership charity campaigning for healthy, humane and sustainable food, farming and land use. Its Chief Executive is Helen Browning, and Chair of Trustees is Dennis Overton.

Soil Association Certification is a wholly owned subsidiary with an independent board chaired by Linda Campbell, which certifies over 70% of all organic products sold in the UK. Certifying organic food and farming since 1973, and more recently, organic textiles, health and beauty products, the team has built up extensive practical experience and provides unrivalled support before, during and after certification. It also audits other schemes within catering and forestry, including the Food for Life Catering Mark, and the FSC and PEFC forestry standards internationally, delivering assurances of quality and provenance that industry and consumers can trust. To find out more visit www.soilassociation.org

Soil Association Scotland was set up in 2002 to bring Soil Association expertise closer to producers, consumers and policy makers in Scotland.

For media enquiries, please contact:
Natasha Collins Daniel, Press Office Manager: 0117 914 2448 / 07827 925380
Emily McCoy, Press Officer: 0117 314 5195
Hayley Coristine, Digital Communications and Press Officer: 0117 314 5170
Lyn White, Agricultural Development Manager: 07899 791 748

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