SAOS Conference 2016 Presentations
‘Shaping Future Agriculture
Various takes on this topic were examined by our speakers, the first of whom was Justin McCarthy, Chief Executive and Editor of the Irish Farmers Journal.Justin initiated the BETTER Farm Beef Programme in Ireland and the Irish Farmers Journal works in its implementation with Teagasc. Justin spoke about the programme and opportunities for the beef sector, and on possible innovations at farm level.
Next to speak, was Andrew Gilchrist, Managing Director of Scottish Agronomy. Information technology and biotechnology hold significant potential for innovation in cereals production and for the role of co-operatives. Scottish Agronomy is an established source of independent information and advice for its members. Andrew spoke about the benefits of research and development of new varieties; techniques and technology in cereals; and how Scottish Agronomy transfers and supports innovation to its members.
Our third speaker, was Bill Wilson, Director, Agribusiness Consulting, FCC Services, based in Denver, Colorado. Bill joined us from Kentucky to provide a fascinating insight into the workings of the farm credit co-op system in the USA and the US approach to crop and enterprise insurance, which is subsidised by government.
Our final speaker was well-known independent economist and advisor, Peter Cook of 2 Mennie Cooks. As usual, Peter was the one to ‘think outside the box’ and he challenged the audience with finding ways to make better use of what we have in Scotland.