Farming conference

The effect of the unpredictable financial climate on food production will be at the forefront of discussions at the forthcoming Farming Scotland Conference which takes place in the new year.

Despite uncertainty during turbulent economic times, delegates, whether farmers, suppliers or other professionals, will hear the latest research, opinions and advice relating to agriculture in light of tough financial challenges.

The sponsors have revealed a diverse range of speakers for this year’s annual event, taking place at the Carnoustie Hotel, Golf Resort and Spa, on Thursday, February 2, running from 8.30 am to 12.45 pm.

The conference, now in its ninth year, will be sponsored by EQ, Chartered Accountants, Bell Ingram, the Royal Bank of Scotland and Thorntons Solicitors.

Speakers, who will give their own perspective on the ‘uncertain times’ will include Dr Alan Renwick, Head of the Land Economy and Environment Research Group at the Scottish Agricultural College (SAC).

The conference will also welcome Caroline Evans, Head of Marketing and Corporate Affairs at the Potato Council, who will give her outlook on the challenges and opportunities facing the industry, including how shoppers have changed their behaviour and what that means for Scottish farmers.

Meanwhile, ‘Farmers Weekly Young Farmer of the Year 2011’ James Down, from Taunton in Somerset, will give an insight into how he has raised profits while simplifying operations at his 900-acre mixed farm, which he took over from his family eight years ago.