Conference Agenda

0900Breakfast Reception 
0930Conference Welcome from Chair.Claire Saunders. Trustee & Chair of Conservation and Research Committee, RBST.
0935Keynote SpeechMairi McAllan MSP. Minister for the Environment, Biodiversity and Land reform, Scottish Government

“Soil – The Basis of Everything”

Panel Chair: David McKay, Head of Policy Scotland, Soil Association
Dr Roy Nielson, James Hutton Institute.
Doug Christie, Durie Farm
Eleanor Kay, Scottish Land & Estates
Tom Booth, East Neuk Market Garden
1040Coffee / networking break 
1055“The Farm of 2040”Panel Chair: Prof. Tim Morris. Chair, Expert Advisory Panel RBST
Lucy Mitchell, National Chair, Scottish Association of Young Farmers Clubs & Events and engagement manager, James Hutton Institute
Robert Ramsay, SAC Consulting 
Dr Miranda Geelhoed, Scottish Crofting Federation
Rosie Jack, Balcaskie Estate
1145Networking Break 
1200“Why Biodiversity matters to the way we farm”Panel Chair: Rosemary Champion, The Accidental Smallholder. Founder of Scottish Smallholder Festival and Smallholding Scotland
Nikki Yoxall, Grampian Graziers
Adele Jones, Sustainable Food Trust
Dr Caroline Robinson, SRUC Vets
Tara Wight, Land Workers Alliance
1250Lunch including the opportunity to view the Lincoln Red Herd at Balcaskie 
1330The launch of the RBST Scotland Food and Farming Sustainability Awards 2023Christopher Price, CEO RBST
1340Afternoon programme welcomeClaire Saunders
1350“Carbon – The whole story”Panel Chair: Roger Baird, Chair, Scottish Organic Producers Association
Christopher Price, RBST
Dr Tim Geraghty, SRUC Vets
Lesley Wylie, SAC Consulting
1440Networking break 
1450“The Livestock Food Chain – the real economics and why it matters”Panel Chair: Adam Forrest, Organics Development Manager,  Scotland Food & Drink
Prof. Tim Morris, Abattoir Support Group
Sam Parsons, Balcaskie Estates
John McMaster, ABP Group
Fergus Younger, SAOS
John Armour, Scottish Government
1540Tea / networking break 
1550“Why Farmers need to be Marketers”Panel Chair: Ceri Ritchie, Head of Food and Enterprise, SAC Consulting.
Sascha Grierson, Hugh Grierson Organic
Jock Gibson, Edenvale Farm & Macbeths
Anna Lamotte, Guardswell Farm
1640Conference SummaryClaire Saunders
1655Conference Close and networking reception