Farming Scotland Conference
Farming Scotland Conference

Innovations in Farming

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

2018 Press Articles

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The 2018 Farming Scotland Conference

The following looks back over our 2018 conference.

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2018 Speakers

Farming Scotland speaker John Kinnaird

John Kinnaird

John is a partner in a 240 hect. family arable and beef farm. He was appointed Agriculture Sustainability Champion by the Scottish Government in January 2017 and sits on the National Council of Rural Advisors. He is a former NFUS President from 2003-2007, representing Scotland's farmers at a time of significant change. Since then John has taken on other challenges, including Chair of the Scottish Government's Scottish Appeals Procedure Panel and Chair of RSABI. John is also the Vice President of RHASS, Deputy Lieutenant - East Lothian and a Fellow of Royal Agricultural Societies.

Conference speaker Colin Campbell

Professor Colin Campbell

Colin is Chief Executive and responsible for leadership and strategic direction of the James Hutton Institute which is the biggest research institute in agri-environment issues in the UK. Colin is a visiting professor at Soil and Environment Department, Swedish Agricultural Sciences University (SLU), Uppsala, Sweden and also has in-field experience of working in China, Australia and South America. He has a broad interest in sustainable development and has developed the vision and mission of the Institute around the UN Sustainable Development Goals.

Farming Scotland speaker Kit Franklin

Kit Franklin

Kit is an Agricultural Engineering Lecturer from Harper Adams University. Kit's research focusses on "future farming systems" with the most notable project to date being the Hands Free Hectare. As co-creator and co-investigator he successfully managed the day-to-day running of the collaborative, Innovate UK backed, project which set out to achieve a world's first; using automated machines to grow the first arable crop remotely, without operators in the driving seats or agronomists on the ground. From planting to harvesting the barley crop no person entered the Hands Free Hectare.

Conference speaker Chris Newenham

Chris Newenham

Wilkin & Sons Ltd are a long established farming and food manufacturing business most recognised for their Tiptree brand. While the business is run on traditional lines they remain forward thinking and innovative in their outlook, employing cutting edge technology where it enhances either the quality of the product or employee experience. Chris has been joint Managing Director of Wilkin & Sons since July 2016 having previously been Farms Director, he is a graduate of Essex University and a Nuffield Farming Scholar.

2018 Schedule

  • 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).
  • 1.15pm Lunch
4 expert speakers
150+ passionate delegates
15th annual conference


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Bell Ingram supports this conference
EQ Accountants support Farming Scotland
The Royal Bank of Scotland supports Farming Scotland
Thornton supports Farming Scotland