THE date for farm business show AgriScot, which takes place at the Royal Highland Centre in Ingliston, has been moved to February 9th, 2022, while entries are now being invited for the farm of the year awards and competitions hosted at the event.
The AgriScot Business Skills competition - designed to encourage young people aged 18-25 to develop their farm and business management skills, seeks to assess young agricultural professionals on a range of business tasks. The winner will receive a £1,000 cheque courtesy of sponsor NFU Mutual.
AgriScot Chairman, Robert Neill, said: “It is great that we are able to proceed with the AgriScot Business Skills competition as normal this year, after an enforced break in 2020. Initial entry is by a short essay, from which semi-finalists will be selected to take part in regional (North and South) on-farm heats.”
“I would encourage any young person, student, graduate, apprentice, farm worker or anyone working in the wider agricultural industry to take part.”
“I have heard from previous participants how taking part in the competition has helped them to develop their skills, contacts and provided an interesting addition to their CVs.”
Last year's winner, Jack Cooper from Aberdeen, urged young people to take part this year. He said: “I found the whole process of taking part in the competition interesting and challenging and it helped to develop my skills and knowledge, especially in the financial aspects of farm business management. I would definitely encourage others to enter.”
The competition is supported and facilitated by Heather Kerr, a lecturer at SRUC. Thanks to the efforts of Heather and her predecessor, many of the finalists and winners in previous years have come from the various SRUC campuses. This year organisers hope SRUC students will continue to enter and are also encouraging people from other educational institutions, modern apprenticeships, and those already in the workplace to enter.
Robert Neill said: “I would love to see young people from colleges, universities, young farmers clubs and agricultural businesses all over the country putting themselves forward for this competition. In fact, I would lay down a direct challenge to establishments like Harper Adams, RAU Cirencester and organisations such as SAYFC to encourage their students, graduates and members to enter this invaluable competition.”
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