Farming Scotland Conference
Farming Scotland Conference

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While we work on the speakers and schedule for 2021,
enjoy a look through what happened at this year's conference.


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2020 Speakers

Please see below for our 2020 speakers.

2020 Farming Scotland speaker Marion MacCormick

Marion MacCormick

Food Sector Consultant

A renowned food sector consultant, Marion was Buying Director for ALDI (Scotland) where she was responsible for growing and developing a comprehensive Scottish fresh meat range, capitalising on a local network to develop ALDI's brand in Scotland with the customer at its heart. She was a Scottish Government Agriculture Champion and is a member of the National Council of Rural Advisors and chair of the Pork Industry Leadership group. Passionate about local sourcing she won the NFUS Scotland Ambassador honour in 2017. She is currently working on the Scottish Government's Farming and Food Production policy group.

Conference speaker Kate Rowell

Kate Rowell

Chair, Quality Meat Scotland

Kate is chair of Quality Meat Scotland (QMS), having been a member of the QMS board since 2015. A qualified vet, she runs a hill and upland farm near Peebles with her husband Ed. Kate completed the Scottish Enterprise Rural Leaders programme in 2016 and was chosen as an Emerging Leader by the Oxford Farming Conference in 2018.

Farming Scotland speaker James Peck

James Peck

Managing Director, PX Farms

A Nuffield Scholar, James runs PX Farms, a large innovative agribusiness based in Cambridgeshire. He is driven by a passion for farming scale and believes in creating diversity within his business to deliver a new farming model fit for modern agriculture which can attract the next generation. James has created a multi enterprise business providing field to mill services, including arable farming utilising Controlled Traffic Farming principles, farm contracting, haulage, crop storage, lab and grain hospital.

Conference speaker Simon Haley

Simon Haley

CEO of SRH Agribusiness

Simon is a passionate advocate of using new technologies and platforms to promote rural business to increase the sector's reach and awareness. A graduate of Harper Adams University, he runs his own consultancy firm, SRH Agribusiness. He has become involved in various online industry initiatives including @AgriChatUK, @FarmersOfTheUK and @EatFarmNow. He is also co-organiser of 'Cultivate Conference' a business growth conference with a rural twist.

2020 Schedule

Please see below for our 2020 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 Marion MacCormick: Trust, and what it means for the Scottish supply chain
  • 10.20am Kate Rowell: Support, Develop, Promote, Protect – How QMS is working for the industry
  • 11.00am Tea and Coffee
  • 11.20pm James Peck: Passion for scale
  • 12.00pm Simon Haley: Adding value to farming in a digital world
  • 12.40pm Panel Session - Chairman (The opportunity to air your views or ask your questions).
  • 1.15pm Lunch
4 expert speakers
150+ passionate delegates
17th annual conference


Carnousie Golf Hotel & Spa
Links Parade


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Bell Ingram supports this conference
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