The Farming Scotland Conference, which addresses the main issues in the agricultural community, has announced its guest speakers for its 2014 event.
The annual conference, which will take place on Thursday, February 6, will welcome Jeremy Moody, secretary and advisor to the Central Association of Agricultural Valuers (CAAV), as its keynote speaker.
With a wealth of experience within the industry, Jeremy has been involved in tenancy matters for a number of years and he oversaw the FBT reforms of 1995. He is also a member of TRIG, the Macdonald Report Implementation Group and the Future of Farming Group amongst other organisations.
CAP reform is an important part of this work, dealing with Brussels, Whitehall, devolved governments and other bodies. He is Harper Adams’ first honorary doctor and has been a governor of the Royal Agricultural University.
This is Jeremy’s first time at the conference and he is looking forward to an informative and interesting event.
He said: “This February 2014 conference is a good time to look at how Scottish agriculture might best fit itself for the future of challenges, opportunities and complexities as we see stronger world demand for food but much more volatile prices, the recasting of the CAP is emerging from the mist and continuing debate on land reform and tenancies.”
Delegates will also hear fromAdam Bedford, policy advisor for the British Agricultural Bureau, in Brussels, Martin Hamilton, fifth generation farmer from Northern Ireland, and Craig Grant, an egg farmer who was Farmers Weekly Young Farmer of the Year 2012.
A panel session and lunch will be included at the event, which will be held at Carnoustie Golf Hotel and Spa.
The conference is being sponsored by Bell Ingram, EQ Accountants, Royal Bank of Scotland and Thorntons and will be chaired by Graeme Davidson, partner at EQ.
He said: “This is the 11th year of the Farming Scotland Conference and we are thrilled to welcome such a diverse range of speakers, who have their own opinions and experiences to share with delegates.
“There is a lot of change happening within the sector at the moment, with CAP Reform a constant on the agenda as well as the changes that are taking place in farming businesses at a local level.
“I look forward to hearing from each of the speakers and I’m sure it will be another interesting and informative conference.”
Liz Barr, head of the Land and Rural Business team at Thorntons, said: “Thorntons is a proud supporter of The Farming Scotland Conference. Each year it attracts a variety of speakers who look at the issues currently facing the sector.
“There are a number of fresh challenges facing the farming community in Scotland and it’s important that events like this are held to allow such topics to be discussed.”