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Farmers invited to Resilient & Ready showcase

By David Porter

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Ben Lowe and Harriet Ross
Ben Lowe and Harriet Ross

An Aberdeenshire farming couple will share how they are changing their business to become more resilient at a free event taking place later this month.

The tour of Harriet Ross and Ben Lowe’s Newseat of Dumbreck farm at Udny will showcase how they feel their business could look in five, ten and 30 years’ time, and follows Harriet’s win at the Farmers Weekly Awards where she was named Young Farmer of the Year.

The couple are part of the inaugural Resilient & Ready programme – an immersive three-year initiative from crop protection and seed company Corteva Agriscience, delivered by environmental charity LEAF.

Farmers attending will be able to see some key changes the couple are making with the help of experts provided through the programme.

It will be an opportunity to consider the industry trends and drivers that will deliver sustainable change, how farmers can tap into emerging opportunities and the smart tactics required to keep ahead of short, medium and long-term goals.

Ben said: “We’re in a great position of being able to start at the beginning of our farming careers.

"We’re enjoying learning about the land and the Resilient & Ready Programme with LEAF and Corteva is proving to be an action-packed three years where we’re learning about ourselves and our farm as well as meeting like-minded farmers to share our experiences.”

Harriet said: “As we continue on our farming journey, the programme is helping to shape our business to be resilient and ready for the future.

"We want to be ahead of the curve and to promote a sustainable farming system.”

The event takes place on Wednesday, October 27.

Giles Field-Rayner, UK business development manager at Corteva Agriscience, said: “With the phasing out of direct farm support over the next six years, and a shift in government policy driving a greater focus on the environment, it’s clear UK and Irish farms are going to have to change and evolve.

“What that means will be different for each farm, and with so much of the policy detail still to come, most businesses are still assessing their options.

“What the Resilient & Ready programme aims to do is to inspire those in agriculture to look broadly at where they are and where they want to be.”

Places can be booked at https://www.trybooking.com/uk/events/landing?eid=21183&

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