Flood watch chief to address conference

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The chief executive of the Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) will address a major conference in Carnoustie next week.

Terry A’Hearn, who took the reins at SEPA less than a year ago, will speak at the annual Farming Scotland Conference on Thursday (February 4) in the Carnoustie Golf Hotel.

Conference Chairman Graeme Davidson said: “As Scotland’s national flood forecasting and flood warning authority, SEPA are responsible for providing information and advice on how farmers and communities can prepare for, or cope with, the impacts of flooding,

“SEPA have also recently produced Scotland’s first ever set of Flood Risk Management Strategies, which set out to coordinate efforts to tackle flooding in Scotland.

“Farmers and other land users have in many cases borne the brunt of problems caused by the flooding across Scotland in the past few weeks. Clearly, therefore, these will be very topical issues, which I am sure our conference delegates will wish to discuss. We are delighted that Terry A’Hearn will speak directly to our delegates at this year’s conference.”

The Farming Scotland Conference will also welcome an international machinery manufacturer, a successful dairy entrepreneur and a leading market analyst to the stage.

Conference sponsors EQ Accountants, Bell Ingram, Thorntons Solicitors and RBS have invited speakers, including Robert Graham of the highly-successful family dairy, to give an insight into how their businesses and organisations will adapt to the future challenges and opportunities facing farmers in Scotland.

Graeme Davidson of EQ continued: “We have chosen speakers this year who represent the wider agricultural industry, beyond the farmgate. I have set each of them with the task of sharing with the conference what they believe the future of our industry will be and how each of their respective organisations and firms will adapt.”

To book your place contact Mary Campbell by email to mary.campbell@eqaccountants.co.uk or 01307 474274.