Funding secures young farmers 10 spaces at Scottish conference

Angus Council has provided funding to allow 10 young farmers to attend a conference on the challenges facing the industry.

The Farming Scotland Conference will take place on Thursday, February 6, at Carnoustie Golf Hotel and Spa.

The council has supported the event for a number of years and the funding for the places has been welcomed by young farmers in the county.

Matthew Steel (18), who is currently studying at agricultural college, attended the conference last year. He said: “It’s good that the council is supporting young farmers – as future farmers the industry is important to us and we will be looking to build our businesses. This was a great chance to broaden our horizons and think about what we should be doing.”

Councillor Mairi Evans, Angus Council’s economic development spokesperson, said: “Agriculture is one of the key sectors in the local area and it’s important that we support the development of the next generation of farmers, ensuring they have all the tools they need to be a success in the industry.

“The Farming Scotland Conference is always a stimulating and informative event where some fantastic practitioners relish the opportunity to share their expertise and ideas with the young people who are the future of farming.

“It’s a tough sector so the council is pleased to be able to give the delegates the opportunity to tap into a wealth of experience, learn about new ventures and explore ideas with their peers.”

The conference is being sponsored by Bell Ingram, EQ Accountants, Royal Bank of Scotland and Thorntons and will be chaired by Graeme Davidson, partner at EQ. Graeme said: “We are grateful to Angus Council for its continued commitment to the conference and we look forward to welcoming the young farmers to the conference.”

To book a place call Mary Campbell on 01307 474274.