Over 150 farmers and industry professionals were in Carnoustie last week to discuss the challenges facing the agricultural sector.
The annual Farming Scotland Conference took place on Thursday in the Carnoustie Golf Hotel and was an opportunity for discussion and networking.
Guest speaker Jeremy Moody, secretary and advisor to the Central Association of Agricultural Valuers (CAAV), spoke to delegates about the future challenges, opportunities and complexities facing farmers.
He said: “Where does Scotland want its agriculture to be in 10 and 30 years’ time? How can it get there? How can we get more things right than wrong in this, helping farmers achieve rather than hindering them.
“We now have some experience of the new market place with its greater demand, better prices but also greater volatility with all its challenges.”
Mr Moody continued: “There is the immediate pressure on Government to take the decisions urgently needed for it to manage the new system and for farmers to take sensible and informed decisions about their businesses in preparation for next year and the new CAP.
“We need to consider the best approach to the larger longer term issues of the structure of farming and its ability to respond to the challenges of the rapidly changing economy.
“Prolonged uncertainty with the land reform debate and deterring landlords from being willing to let can only make this harder.
“This is a chance for farmers as well as policy makers to review and shape the future for a sector that can thrive and it’s for farmers to take the best decisions for their businesses.”
The conference, sponsored by Bell Ingram, EQ Accountants, Royal Bank of Scotland and Thorntons Law Firm, was opened by Angus Provost Helen Oswald and chaired by Graeme Davidson, partner at EQ.