A Hot Topic at the sixteenth Farming Scotland Conference

Category: Agriculture - Posted On: Jan 3 2019

One of the country’s leading experts on the agricultural effects of climate change will address this 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.

Dr Mike Rivington

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.

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.

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”.

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), BBC’s Countryfile 2018 Farming Heroes Kirsty and Aimee Budge and city financier turned ethical grocer Ben Pugh, founder and CEO of Farmdrop.

For more information, you can download the flyer for the sixteenth annual Farming Scotland Conference here. 

Tickets can be purchased by contacting Mary Campbell on 01307 474274 or mary.campbell@eqaccountants.co.uk, by visiting www.farmingscotlandconference.co.uk or by downloading the booking form here.