Scotland’s farmers and their professional advisors are set to be given a vision of how their agri-businesses look, and could look, from the other side of the farmgate when the annual Farming Scotland Conference takes place on 4th February 2016.
An international machinery manufacturer, a successful dairy entrepreneur, a leading market analysist and an industry regulator are set to take centre stage at the event, staged by EQ Accountants, Bell Ingram, Thorntons Solicitors and RBS.
The 2016 conference, which will once again be held at The Carnoustie Golf Hotel, takes the theme ‘Partners in Farming’ and will see the speakers, including Robert Graham of the highly successful family dairy, give an insight into how their businesses and organisations will adapt to the future challenges and opportunities facing farmers in Scotland.
Conference chairman, Graeme Davidson of EQ explains more:
“We have chosen speakers this year who represent the wider agricultural industry, beyond the farmgate.”
“I have set each of them with the task of sharing with the conference what they believe the future of our industry will be and how each of their respective organisations and firms will adapt. We hope that in turn this will give our farming and professional attendees an idea of the avenues and options open to their own farming businesses.”
Shaun Groom, UK General Manager for Alois Pottinger the Austrian manufacturer of grassland and tillage equipment will outline to the conference his predictions for what the Scottish market for farm machinery could look like in the coming years. Robert Graham will share his views on adding value to farm produce and future consumer markets whilst Jack Watts of AHDB Cereals & Oilseeds will share his analytical predictions for future combinable crop markets.
“When these industry leaders are put on our conference stage alongside Terry A’Hearn, CEO of SEPA, I believe our delegates will be given an outstanding insight into the future operating and regulatory climate that their farms will face,” Graeme stated.
“Firms like Pottinger and Grahams Dairies have to take a long view, always having one eye on the future, if they are to take opportunities and meet challenges head-on. Likewise AHDB and SEPA have to be looking to the future when promoting, advising and regulating farms and farming.”
“I would encourage farmers and other agricultural professionals to book a place at the Farming Scotland Conference as a wise investment in future proofing for their businesses.”