Farmer’s conference comes to town

THE CHALLENGES facing Scottish farmers are set to be discussed at an annual industry conference taking place in Carnoustie.

‘Weathering the storm’ is the theme for the Farming Scotland Conference, which will be held on Thursday, February 7, at the town’s golf and spa hotel.

Celebrating its 10th anniversary, the conference has announced that George Lyon, MEP for Scotland, will be the keynote speaker.

Delegates will also hear from chair of the Potato Council, Allan Stevenson, and Jim McLaren, chair of Quality Meat Scotland.

BBC Young Farmer of the Year 2012 finalist, Tom Rawson, completes the line-up.

A panel session and lunch will also be included at the event.

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 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 or contact 01307 474274.

Free week for ‘Shire in Indoor Sixes League

FORFARSHIRE have a free week in the Clubsport Indoor Sixes Cricket League at the Mayfield Sports Centre, Dundee.

However, they will return to action the following week with matches against Largo and Arbroath.

Wednesday’s fixtures: 8 p.m. - Strathmore v Largo; Dundee High School FP v Rossie Priory: 9 p.m. - Strathmore v Rossie Priory; Dundee High School FP v Largo.