CAP reform conference

The impact of CAP reform will be felt on sheep farms across Scotland, so the National Sheep Association Scottish Region is holding a special CAP reform conference.

The conference will be held on Monday, November 25, at the Royal Hotel in Bridge of Allan, Stirlingshire, from 10.30am to 3pm.

Sybil MacPherson, NSA Scottish Region chairwoman, said: “Given the important role that sheep farming plays in Scotland’s agricultural landscape, it is vital that this particular sector is not neglected in the negotiations surrounding how CAP reform will be implemented.

“We are delighted to have such a high calibre of speakers and look forward to some interesting and stimulating debate. Given the importance of the move to area-based payments it is vital that the split between regions is correct for the long term future of the industry.”

The conference will have two sessions, each with two speakers followed by questions and discussion. The morning session will feature David Barnes, the Scottish government’s agricultural and rural development deputy director, and Ian Davidson, the Scottish government’s head of agricultural development, looking at policy and delivery angles.

The afternoon session will see Jeremy Moody of the Central Association of Agricultural Valuers discuss the practical delivery options for CAP, and Douglas Bell, Scotland’s Rural College’s senior agricultural policy consultant, look at it from the farmers’ perspective.

The conference is free of charge, but attendees are asked to register in advance with Euan Emslie, NSA Scottish Region event organiser, on eaun@appliedremedies.co.uk or 01430 441870.