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Minister Sargent Welcomes Commencement of Organic Farming Courses

Trevor Sargent TD, Minister for Food and Horticulture at the Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food today welcomed the publication of Teagasc's schedule of organic farming courses which will commence on October 20th next at 12 locations around the country.

"As announced, it is my intention, subject to the outcome of the estimates process, to re-open the Organic Farming Scheme from 1 January 2010 with revised scheme conditions. These Teagasc FETAC accredited courses fulfil the new requirement of potential applicants for the Organic Farming Scheme to complete an accredited course. The course will also train attendees on how to compile the newly required five-year business plan. I'm delighted that Teagasc have responded so promptly to the needs of potential applicants", said Minister Sargent.

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Details of courses below.

Introduction to Organic Production LL3508 FETAC Accredited Course

Courses starting week of 20th October.
25 hour course.
€200 per participant

Course Times: 10.00am - 12.30pm
2.00pm - 4.30pm one day per week over 5 weeks.

Venue (Teagasc Centres)  Leader  Date 


Dan Clavin
Pat Barry
Elaine Leavy
James McDonnell
Tuesday 20th October 


Dan Clavin
Pat Barry
Elaine Leavy
James McDonnell
Wednesday 21st October 

Ballyhaise College

Dan Clavin
Pat Barry
Elaine Leavy
James McDonnell
Thursday 22nd October 

Contact the course leaders for further information:

Pat Barry, Teagasc, Moorepark: 087-2138331
Dan Clavin, Teagasc, Athenry: 087-9368506
Elaine Leavy, Teagasc, Grange: 087-9853285
James McDonnell, Teagasc, Oakpark: 087-3293820

Date Released: 22 September 2009