Arran women feature in agriculture conference

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More than 50 delegates, including women from Arran, Argyll, Islay, Bute and Mull, attended the inaugural Women in Agriculture event in Argyll and the Islands, held in Lochgilphead last week.

Attendees heard from guest speaker Joyce Campbell, a Sutherland sheep farmer, winner of the inaugural AgriScot Scottish sheep farm of the year award in 2015 and currently joint chair of the Scottish government women in agriculture task force. The conference was chaired by Sarah Allison, vice-chair of the National Farmers Union Scotland, (NFUS) new generation group and member of the newly created national council of rural advisers.

Delegates joined in on a series of workshops covering farm diversification, funding opportunities through Business Gateway and LEADER, rural leadership, brand marketing and building on the role of women in NFU Scotland.

The delegates came from a wide range of agricultural and rural businesses and plans are being made for further events, possibly held on weekends to encourage attendance.

Further information on these events are available from Argyll and the Islands regional manager Lucy Sumsion on 07787 434104 or email lucy.sumsion@nfus.org.uk.