Farming Scotland Conference
Farming Scotland Conference

2019 ConferenceA Changing Climate

A conference that promotes discussion and debate on issues
which affect the farming industry, here in Scotland and throughout the world.

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The 2018 Farming Scotland Conference

A look back at our 2018 conference.

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2019 Speakers

Please see below for our 2019 speakers.

Farming Scotland speaker Jeremy Moody

Jeremy Moody

CAAV Secretary and Adviser

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 now 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. He is an Assembly member of the European Group of Valuers’ Associations (TEGoVA) and Vice Chairman of the European Valuation Standards Board.

Conference speaker Dr Mike Rivington

Dr Mike Rivington

James Hutton Institute

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. His other interests include ecosystem management and ecosystem services and the need for improved mechanisms to support their maintenance. 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.

Farming Scotland speaker Kirsty and Aimee Budge

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.

Conference speaker Ben Pugh

Ben Pugh

CEO of Farmdrop

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 broker in the City of London at Morgan Stanley and JP Morgan covering European equities. In his spare time, Ben loves to go surfing and enjoys making fresh juices every morning with his young children using Farmdrop ingredients.

2019 Schedule

Please see below for our 2019 Schedule.

  • 9.00am Registration, Tea and Coffee
  • 9.30am Welcome and Introduction by Chairman Graeme Davidson, Partner at EQ Accountants LLP
  • 9.35am Provost of Angus, Ronnie Proctor MBE
  • 9.40am Agriculture policy: Where are we now? - Jeremy Moody
  • 10.20am Envisioning Scotland’s future agriculture under climate change - Mike Rivington
  • 11.00am Tea and Coffee
  • 11.20pm Women’s work: our journey from sisters to business partners - Kirsty and Aimee Budget
  • 12.00pm The ethical grocer: reworking the supply chain - Ben Pugh
  • 12.40pm Panel Session - Chairman (The opportunity to air your views or ask your questions).
  • 1.15pm Lunch
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15th annual conference


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