A Hot Topic: Farming Conference Focuses on Climate Change

One of the country’s leading experts on the agricultural effects of climate change will address next year’s ‘Farming Scotland Conference’.

The event, now its 16th year, will once again be held at Carnoustie Hotel, Angus on Thursday 14 February 2019 and is sponsored by EQ Chartered Accountants, Bell Ingram, the Royal Bank of Scotland and Thorntons Solicitors.

Featuring an impressive line-up of speakers, the conference will address a range of issues from post-Brexit agriculture to family farming in Shetland.

Focusing on the crucial subject of climate change, Dr Mike Rivington from The James Hutton Institute will present his assessment of the effects of climatic change on Scottish agriculture.  An expert in land modelling, Dr Rivington will explain the medium and long-term impacts of changing growing seasons, cropping patterns and the environment.

Mike Rivington Pic 2018

Dr Rivington, who has been a scientist at the Institute for 19 years, said, “I will be delighted to speak at next year’s conference when I will focus on two projects I have been working on which show climate change trends dating back to 1960 and predictions for the decades ahead.  Together these two approaches paint an interesting and reasonably comprehensive picture of what conditions may be like in the future, what risks and opportunities may exist and how farmers may have to adapt”.

He will also take a brief global view to put Scotland’s future into perspective.

Dr Rivington will be joined by former Farming Scotland Conference speaker Jeremy Moody, Secretary and Advisor of the Central Association of Agricultural Valuers (CAAV) and Advisor to the Scottish Agricultural Arbiters & Valuers Association (SAAVA). Mr Moody’s  knowledge of agri-policy issues will shape an interesting debate on the new political environment post-Brexit.

Meanwhile, BBC’s Countryfile 2018 Farming Heroes Kirsty and Aimee Budge have an amazing story to tell about the ups and downs of taking on their family farm in Shetland following the tragic death of their father.

The conference’s final speaker will be city financier turned ethical grocer Ben Pugh, founder and CEO of Farmdrop. Ben established Farmdrop in 2014 and aims to put power back in the hands of local producers by reinventing the supply chain and making local food more accessible to consumers.

Graeme Davidson, Partner at EQ Accountants and Chair of the Farming Scotland Conference added, “We are delighted with the range and quality of speakers that will ensure delegates to the conference are informed and inspired by people who we can all admire and learn from”.

Tickets can be purchased by contacting Mary Campbell on telephone 01307 474274, email mary.campbell@eqaccountants.co.uk, or via www.farmingscotlandconference.co.uk.


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