The 2018 Farming Scotland Conference
A look back at our 2018 conference.
2018 Press Articles
Innovations in Farming | Download PDF
Please see below for our 2019 speakers.
Jeremy MoodyCAAV 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.
Dr Mike RivingtonJames 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.
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 PughCEO 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 - will be announced soon!
9.00am Registration, Tea and Coffee
9.30am Welcome and Introduction by Chairman Graeme Davidson, Partner at EQ Accountants LLP
9.35am Provost Ronnie Proctor MBE
9.40am Farming and Sustainability - John Kinnaird
10.20am The role of research and innovation in farming in an uncertain future - Colin Campbell
11.00am Tea and Coffee
11.20pm Hands Free Hectare: what was achieved, what was learned and what are the implications - Kit Franklin
12.00pm Wilkin & Sons Ltd, Tradition and Innovation - an evolving family busines - Chris Newenham
12.40pm Panel Session - Chairman (The opportunity to air your views or ask your questions).
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