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Farming Scotland Conference

14th February 2019

The sixteenth annual Farming Scotland Conference will take place at Carnoustie Hotel on Thursday 14  February 2019.  It is organised and co-sponsored by  EQ, along with Bell Ingram,  Royal Bank of Scotland and Thorntons Solicitors.

The Farming Scotland Conference aims to bring together like minded progressive businesses and individuals from throughout Scottish agriculture to listen to and promote discussion and debate on issues which affect the industry here and throughout the world

An interesting and exciting line up of speakers has been assembled to share their views and experience in the agriculture industry at our 2019 conference,  entitled “A Changing  Climate”.

Jeremy Moody

Jeremy has been  Secretary  and Adviser to the CAAV since  1995.   He was closely  involved with the Agricultural Tenancies Act 1995, several rounds of CAP reform and recently the Brexit process.   He handles the many issues covered by the CAAV across the United Kingdom including agricultural tenancy and land occupation issues, taxation, valuation and telecommunications,  liaising with government at all levels and writing widely on both policy and practice.

Dr Mike Rivington

Mike has been a scientist at the James Hutton Institute for 18 years.   He studied Ecological  Science (Bsc), Natural Resource  Management (MSc) and a PhD at Edinburgh  University. His main research interests are in understanding how climate change will impact land use, in Scotland and globally, and how adaptation options can be developed.  He has written policy briefs for UNEP on ecosystem-based adaptation, contributed  to the US National Climate Assessment chapter  on agriculture,  and was a member  of a UK-US tasks force on extreme weather and resilience of the global food system.

Kirsty and Aimee Budge

Sisters Kirsty and Aimee from Shetland took over the running of their family farm in 2014 following the tragic loss of their father.   As the seventh generation of their family on their 350ha mixed farm, they have strived to continue the farm’s success and are bringing new ideas to the farm and trialling new farming techniques.   They have become one of nine Monitor Farms in Scotland, testing their ideas out and sharing these with other farmers.   They were crowned  BBC Countryfile’s Farming Heroes 2018, an award which recognised  their spirit, determination and attitude towards embracing new farming techniques.

Ben Pugh

Ben Pugh is the founder  and CEO of Farmdrop, an online  grocery  company that delivers food directly from sustainable farms to people’s doors using a fleet of electric delivery vans. Ben started the company in 2012, spotting an opportunity for new technology to bypass the supermarkets from the food supply chain. Prior to Farmdrop, Ben spent several years sailing around the world as a yacht salesman, before going to work as a broker in the City of London at Morgan Stanley and JP Morgan covering European equities.

Additional information can be found at farmingscotlandconference.co.uk or contact Mary Campbell at mary.campbell@eqaccountants.co.uk or on 01307 474274 to book your place.

Published on 15th January 2019