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RHASS candidates selected to attend Oxford Farming Conference

The Royal Highland and Agricultural Society of Scotland (RHASS) has confirmed the names of the two successful candidates to receive a fully paid scholarship to attend the Oxford Farming Conference, which will be held 3-5 January 2018.

Catherine Smith, a farmer’s daughter from Yorkshire now living and working in Scotland, and Malcolm MacDonald from the Black Isle in the Highlands will travel to the industry leading event to hear inspiring and challenging speakers from across the world, and network with key individuals shaping our farming sector.

Catherine Smith, a graduate of Rural Tourism Management from Scottish Agricultural College at Auchincruive, is a Land Agent for Bell Ingram in Perth.

“I believe that the coming years will be pivotal in the development and progression of the UK’s agricultural industry. Attending the conference will give me a great insight into future opportunities within the industry and I look forward to sharing my newly acquired knowledge with colleagues and clients.”

Malcolm MacDonald, a trainee agricultural consultant with SAC Consulting, holds a BSc (Hons) in Agriculture from SRUC. He is also looking forward to attending the event: “This is a fantastic opportunity to hear about what is new and innovative at policy level, as well as on a technical and production level, which I can apply in my work. I am also eager to learn about the ever-growing challenge of climate change and how this can be met by farmers.”

RHASS Chief Executive Alan Laidlaw adds, “As part of its ongoing commitment to supporting young people in agriculture, RHASS has identified the Oxford Farming Conference as a unique and incredibly beneficial opportunity for those in Scottish agriculture.

“I am sure Catherine and Malcolm will be informed and challenged by the OFC and come away inspired and motivated. They both work within the industry, and so can share the lessons learned to a wider farming and rural community throughout Scotland.”


Catherine Smith                           Malcolm Macdonald

Catherine Smith                                                 Malcolm MacDonald

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