Farming Scotland Conference harvests the thoughts of key trade figures

by Catriona Conway-Mortimer

Monday, January 29th, 2018

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A SIGNIFICANT event in the farming calendar is to take place next month as key figures come together to discuss the future of the industry.

The 15th annual Farming Scotland Conference is taking place on February 8, at The Carnoustie Golf Hotel in Angus, and will have a primary focus on the outlook of the sector in these ever changing times.

The Farming Scotland Conference 2018, sponsored by Bell Ingram, will see 150 delegates meet to discuss and engage in debate over recent innovations in the agriculture sector and prospects for the future. Four key industry figures will be speaking at the conference.

Former National Farmers Union Scotland President John Kinnaird, will be sharing his valuable knowledge.  As partner in a 240 hectare family arable and beef farm, and last year’s Agriculture Sustainability Champion, John’s talk will centre on the subject of sustainability in farming.

Colin Campbell, Chief Executive of the James Hutton Institute – the UK’s biggest research institute in agri-environment issues – will then take to the stage. Colin will discuss the roles that research and innovation have to play in farming, taking into consideration the industry’s uncertain future.

The conference will also welcome Kit Franklin, project lead of ‘Hands Free Hectare’, to speak. Kit will offer his insights into what can be learned from the attempt to plant, tend and harvest a crop with no human foot entering the field, in a world first.

Finally Chris Newenham of Wilkin & Sons Ltd – a family business best known for their Tiptree brand – will present on the subject of tradition and innovation in an evolving family business.

The conference will be sponsored by Perthshire-based land experts, Bell Ingram, EQ Accountants, Thorntons solicitors and the Royal bank of Scotland. Their funding will provide places for young people from the Angus council area’s secondary schools to attend the conference.

Victoria McCusker, Marketing Manager at Bell Ingram, said: “The Conference seeks to inspire the next generation and engage them in learning about Britain’s farming heritage and future.

“It is important that today’s young people understand not just the longstanding traditions of the trade, but how they are expected to evolve in the coming years.”

The conference will include a Panel Session, where the audience will be given the opportunity to raise their views and ask any questions that they might have, before conversations continue in a more causal fashion as attendees sit down to lunch.

Victoria said: “We look forward to hearing what some of the sector’s brightest minds have to say about the issues facing the sector.

“Farming and agriculture is at the heart of what we do, and we look forward to attending what is sure to be a thought-provoking event.”

To book a ticket, please go to www.farmingscotlandconference.co.uk, or contact Mary Campbell on 01307 474274.

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Catriona Conway-Mortimer, account executive with Holyrood PR in Edinburgh, Scotland

Catriona Conway-Mortimer

Catriona Conway-Mortimer is part of the award-winning PR team at Scottish public relations agency, Holyrood PR in Edinburgh

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