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Farming Scotland Conference shines light on industry issues

25th February 2013

The agricultural industry gathered in Carnoustie on 7 February 2013 to discuss the major issues facing the sector.

Weathering the storm was the theme for the 10th annual Farming Scotland Conference and it attracted farmers and those interested in the land and rural sector from across the country.

MEP George Lyon was a guest speaker after flying in from Strasbourg.  He spoke to delegates about his work at the European Parliament including the latest developments in the CAP Reform and the budget.   Mr Lyon also explained the massive uncertainty the sector is facing as the Scottish Independence vote looms.

He said, "If we become independent, the key issue is not will we get back into the EU but how long the negotiation will take and what happens in the interim?   There are many unanswered questions.  It's clear to me that if Scotland joins the EU we will have to pay the price.  It will be full membership or nothing."

The conference was opened by Angus Provost Helen Oswald and the delegates also heard from chair of Potato Council, Allan Stevenson, Jim McLaren, chair of Quality Meat Scotland and BBC Young Farmer of the Year 2012 finalist, Tom Rawson.

The morning finished with a panel session and lunch.

EQ sponsored the conference along with co-sponsors Thorntons Law LLP, Bell Ingram and the Royal Bank of Scotland.

Keith Hopkins said, "Today marked the 10th anniversary of the Farming Scotland Conference and we are thrilled that it has been so well supported in 2013.   We would like to thank all the speakers for attending and sharing their thoughts and experiences on issues that everyone attending could identify with".

The Farming Scotland Conference took place at the Carnoustie Golf Hotel and Spa.

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