Angus Council is to sponsor 10 young farmers to attend the 12 annual Farming Scotland Conference being held in Carnoustie next month.
Sponsored by EQ Accountants, Bell Ingram, Thorntons Law and RBS, it will take place in the Carnoustie Golf Hotel on February 5.
This year the theme is ‘Progress To Profit’ and looks at the future of agriculture from the perspectives of the environment, diversification, food production and, crucially for young people in agriculture, the next generation.
Speakers will encourage thought and debate as well as answer questions either during the panel session or over lunch. Taking to the podium this year are: Prof. Nick Hanley, Environmental Economist, St Andrews University, ‘Improving the Design of Agri-Environmental Policies in the EU’; Angus Duncan, head of procurement, Diageo International Supply, ‘From the Field to the Glass’; John Fletcher, deer farmer and vet, ‘The Background to the Recent Upsurge in Scottish Deer Farms and Venison Production’; Jonathan Skinner, Farmers Weekly Young Farmer of the Year 2013, ‘Does the Traditional Mixed Farm Still Have a Place in Modern Agriculture?’
Graeme Davidson, partner at EQ Accountants LLP and chairman of the Farming Scotland Conference, said: “We have worked with Angus Council for a number of years now and are very grateful that they see this as a way they can directly encourage interest and participation in the development of the agriculture sector, which is such a key sector to the county.”
Councillor Mairi Evans, Angus Council’s business spokesperson added: “We’re pleased to once again have the opportunity to encourage and support the development of the next generation of farmers to help them succeed in this tough economic sector.”