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Friday, December 12th 2014

Farming and the Next Generation

10:00 - 15:00

On Friday, December 12, Loch Lomond & The Trossachs National Park Skills Partnership is holding an event at the Mhor 84 Motel, Balquidder, which will offer farmers the opportunity to have their say on current farming issues, particularly the hot topic of skills and the next generation.

The Partnership has secured an exciting line-up of speakers including Brian Pack who will be talking about the 'Doing Better Initiative', tackling red tape and bureaucracy, followed by Perthshire’s Tam O’Braan who, as owner of Scotland's only tea plantation, The Wee Tea Plantation, will share his experience of negotiating a deal to sell their product in Fortnum’s and Mason’s in London.

Then it's over to John Sleigh of the National Farmers' Union who is keen to discuss the work of the NFU Scotland's New Generation Group.

Local training providers, Scotland's Rural College (SRUC) will explain innovations in farming and work-based learning opportunities for young people and are keen to hear views on what skills are needed for the future sustainability of the farming industry.

LEADER, meanwhile, will be on hand to offer information and guidance on the next round of funding.

The event will run from 10am to 3pm and provides a unique opportunity to hear from, and speak to key influencers and decision makers in the farming and farming education sectors.

Places are limited and must be booked, please contact Isra Lochhead on 01389 727762 or email

*Image courtesy of Portnellan Farm, Loch Lomond.