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Carnoustie conference turns 10

THE CHALLENGES facing Scottish farmers are set to be discussed at the tenth annual Farming Scotland Conference in Carnoustie early next year.

'Weathering the storm' will be the theme for the conference, scheduled for Thursday, February 7, 2013, at the Carnoustie Golf and Spa Hotel, where LibDem MEP George Lyon will be keynote speaker.

Brought up in a seventh generation tenant farming family on the Isle of Bute, Mr Lyon's understanding of the industry has helped him regularly campaign on land and rural issues.

"I am delighted to be taking part in the Farming Scotland Conference and I am confident we can shine some light on the major challenges facing Scottish agriculture," said Mr Lyon.

Delegates will also hear from chair of the Potato Council, Allan Stevenson, and chair of Quality Meat Scotland, Jim McLaren. BBC Young Farmer of the Year 2012 finalist, Tom Rawson, completes the line-up.

The conference is being sponsored by Thorntons Law Firm, EQ Accountants, Bell Ingram and Royal Bank of Scotland. Liz Barr, head of the Land and Rural team at Thorntons, said: "The Farming Scotland Conference has attracted a diverse range of speakers over the last decade, and the 2013 event will be no exception.

"The theme of the day, 'Weathering the storm', sums up the problems faced not only by Scottish farmers but the industry across the globe. The conference will look at a range of issues, including innovation for farmers, the effects of what could be a substantially reduced Single Farm Payment and the difficulties facing those in the potato industry."

Delegates can book their place at the conference by emailing Mary Campbell at mary.campbell@eqaccountants.co.uk or contact 01307 474274.

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