Young farmers gather for Agri Conference

Group photo of participants at Young Farmers Agri and Rural Affairs conference
Norette Ferns

More than 100 young farmers gathered in Dundee recently for the second Scottish Association of Young Farmers' Clubs' Agri and Rural Affairs Conference.

Members from across the country took part in the 'Cultivating Futures' event which explored the theme of opportunties for young people.

The conference was a chance for the young farmers to learn direct from the industry, have a voice among their peers about the agricultural sector and network with experts offering a range of experiences and skills.

SAYFC Agri and Rural Affairs Chairman Sarah Allison said:

"The theme of this year’s conference is ‘Cultivating Futures’, and the entire event has been built around just that. It aims to inspire you as the future of our industry to fulfil your potential and make our industry that we work and play in a success in years to come.

"It is fair to say that 2015 has been a farming year that many of us would like to forget, however my motto is that where there is adversity, there is opportunity. As the future of agriculture we have never been better placed to take advantage of the current situation and use it to build a better future. Food and drink are two of the fundamental needs for human life, and we should all be so honoured to be part of an industry that carries so much responsibility."

A number of speakers highlighted the importance of stepping away from your business or job to look at other businesses and speak to peers in order to grow and continue to thrive in the sector.

The weekend was an ideal opportunity for Agri and Rural Affairs Chairman Sarah Allison to announce New Zealand as the destination for the 2016 international study tour organised by the Scottish Young Farmers exclusive for members. Applications are open until 10 January 2016 with 18 places up for grabs.

Visit the SAYFC website for more information.