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Argyll & the Islands to Stage Women in Agriculture Event

Women involved in agriculture from across Argyll and the Islands will gather for a one-day conference being held on Wednesday 4 October, in Lochgilphead Community Centre starting at 10am.

This free one-day event is aimed at all women involved in agriculture, bringing them together to discuss and find out more about a range of issues.  

Guest speaker on the day will be 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.

Ahead of the event, Joyce Campbell said: “I’m really looking forward to hearing from grass-root members what their thoughts and ideas are for the Women in Agriculture Task Force. I want to know what challenges they all face, and what they feel needs to happen to make our Scottish agricultural industry more representative of everyone who’s involved in it.”

The conference will be chaired by Sarah Allison, Vice-chair of the NFUS New Generation Group and previously chairwoman of the Scottish Association of Young Farmers Clubs Agri and Rural Affairs Committee. Sarah also sits on the newly created National Council of Rural Advisers.

Sarah said: “Women can be the under-utilized resource in rural Scotland, at the heart of many of our rural businesses, but all too often missing from crucial decision-making processes, and rural boardrooms.

“It is important that, to develop the rural economy, we empower and encourage our fellow ladies to share their talents with the wider industry. Events like this are important in breaking down the barriers to participation, evaluating how we can do things differently and involve the full scope of skills we have available. I am delighted to be involved in this event, and hope that we can encourage more women get involved in shaping the industry that we work and live in.”

Notes to Editors

  • If you are interested in attending please contact Lucy Sumsion, NFUS Regional Manager – Tel:  01499 600154 or email: lucy.sumsion@nfus.org.uk
  • Photographs of guest speaker Joyce Campbell and Chairman Sarah Allison are available on request from media@nfus.org.uk

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Contact Lucy Sumsion on 01499 600154

Author: Lucy Sumsion

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News Article No.: 138/17


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Lucy Sumsion

Lucy Sumsion has joint responsibility for Crofting Policy, as well as being Regional Manager for Argyll & the Islands. As Crofting Policy Manager Lucy supports the NFUS Crofting Highlands & Islands Committee, assists individual crofter members with queries, as well as representing NFUS on a number of crofting related groups and in relevant meetings with the Crofting Commission and Scottish Government. Lucy joined NFU Scotland in 2008 having previously worked as a Conservation Advisor for the Farming & Wildlife Advisory Group. She has a degree in Environmental Science from Stirling University.

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