Seminars 2019

AgriScot is well known for its seminar programme which allows the opportunity for discussion, debate and advice on topics relevant to all sectors of agriculture and agribusiness.

Seminars take place in the Upper Foyer of the Highland Hall and are often full to capacity so get along early to avoid disappointment!

All seminars take place in the Upper Foyer of the Highland Hall. Details for the 2019 Seminar programme are detailed below with more information to follow.

Seminar Room 1

11.00am – 12.00pm

NFU Scotland’s President Andrew McCornick and Scotland’s Cabinet Secretary for Rural Economy and Connectivity Fergus Ewing will use the annual seminar to drive discussion on the current priorities for Scottish farming and the challenging times the sector faces.

Most importantly, the floor will then be opened to the membership for their views and questions on the big issues affecting Scottish farming and crofting.

This is your chance to hear from and question two key figures in Scottish agriculture.

The Union can also be contacted in the Highland Hall (Stand 10) throughout the day.

Sponsored by –

1.00pm – 2.00pm

Scottish Dairy Hub

The Scottish Dairy Hub will be holding their Question Time event again at Agriscot. Come along to hear our panel discuss the dairy industry issues of the day.

The session will be chaired by Alec Ross  (Biocell Agri Ltd) and speakers will include:

Mairi Gougeon (MSP Rural Affairs)

Paul Flanagan (AHDB)

Chris Walkland (Dairy Market Analyst and Journalist)

David Keiley (Kite)

If you have any questions you would like raised on the day please get in touch with Stuart Martin at

DairyPro CPD points are available for attending AgriScot and additional points can be collected for attending this seminar.

Seminar Room 2

10.00am – 11.00am

Monitor Farms

Monitor Farm Scotland is in the final year of the current programme, that began in 2016. Over the last three and a half years each of the 9 farms, located from the Shetland Isles to the Scottish Borders have been on an exhilarating journey of personal, business and community development- with notable success. Join us for a seminar, chaired by QMS Chair Kate Rowell, highlighting just some of the results and business benefits that have been realised from the innovative trials that have been taking place across the Monitor Farm Network looking at key challenge areas including:

  • Collaboration: From utilising livestock to benefit soil health on arable farms, to collaboration with other livestock farmers to ensure flock and herd performance is optimised, what systems work to encourage and develop collaboration between farmers.
  • Sustainability: From utilising data to reduce antibiotic and anthelmintic use on farm, to increasing kilograms produced per hectare, what solutions have been found to increase the long term sustainability of our farms.
  • Resilience:  Succession, introducing new income streams and challenging yourself, what have our monitor farmers learned from understanding themselves better?

12.00pm – 1.00pm

Farm Financial Management

A seminar on the use of cloud accounting and management systems to maintain robust real time financial data on farm to aid management decision making. This will be delivered by EQ Accountants together with representatives from Xero and Figured cloud accounting applications.

  1. The leap from historical to real time financial data
  2. Using Xero to capture efficiencies
  3. Connected financial information
  4. Using the data to farm smarter and improve your business

1.00pm – 2.00pm

The NEWBIE Project – New Ideas for New Entrant Farmers

Could Farm Business Incubators provide a route into the industry for new entrants in Scotland?

This question is set to be the focus of this special NEWBIE business seminar.

The NEWBIE project is a pan European initiative funded by Horizon2020 with the goal of increasing innovation, entrepreneurship, and resilience in the European farming sector by enabling new entrants to successfully establish sustainable farm businesses.

On 27th October NEWBIE sent a delegation from Scotland, including a member of NFUS, the Scottish Land Commission and the Landworkers Alliance to Northern France to find out about a French innovation, the ‘farm business incubator’.

Come to the seminar to hear about what was learned in France and engage in a discussion about innovative solutions for new entrant farmers in the Scotland.

2.00pm – 3.15pm


Brodies LLP is once again sponsoring the seminar programme at AgriScot 2019 and this year is bringing ‘A Taste of Oxford’ to Edinburgh in partnership with Oxford Farming Conference (OFC). Join us to share knowledge and gain insight on the future of farming. Hear from renowned speakers, Kit Franklin, Senior Lecturer of Agricultural Engineering at Harper Adams, discussing technological advances of his Hands Free Hectare project and Tom Rawson, Director of Evolution Farming, considering alternative farming structures. Elena Fry of Brodies will provide an update on key considerations for those with management responsibility for health & safety. Caroline Millar, Farmer, Rural business consultant and past Chairman of OFC and Clive Phillips, Brodies Partner, will co-Chair an interesting panel discussion with the speakers. This session will fill up fast and so it’s worth arriving as soon as possible as the past few years have been standing room only.

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