Scottish secretary joins farmers’ union conference line-up

The Scottish Secretary of State for Scotland, David Mundell MP, is expected to address Brexit negotiations at the National Farmers’ Union (NFU) Scotland’s Autumn Conference. 

Mundell will focus on the UK negotiating its exit from the European Union, with an emphasis on how the Scottish farming and crofting industry will best be represented.

Also speaking at the event, taking place on Friday 28 October, will be the Agriculture & Horticulture Development Board’s (AHDB’s) chief strategy officer, Tom Hind. He will address concerns surrounding future trade agreements, agricultural policy and labour requirements while informing delegates about the latest Brexit developments.

“NFU Scotland’s Autumn Conference has a refreshed format this year and it is testament to the significant rural affairs in the political agenda at present that the union has secured such a strong line-up of speakers,” commented NFU Scotland president Allan Bowie. “This is a one-off opportunity to put questions to the key players and negotiators in Scottish and UK politics at the present time.

“I am delighted the Secretary of State for Scotland will address delegates on the UK government’s Brexit negotiations, at what is a time of significant uncertainty for all in our industry. It is vital that farmers and crofters are represented fully in this debate, and negotiators are left in no doubt that we are open for business, but only if we are provided with confidence moving forward.”

The conference will begin with two Scottish parliamentary committees holding a session where they will scrutinise legislation relevant to the agricultural sector. Attendees will learn from Edward Mountain, MSP of the Rural Economy and Connectivity Committee, and Graeme Dey MSP of the Environment, Climate Change and Land Reform Committee, about how the industry can work with MSPs to inform and influence key legislation going through the Scottish parliament in the coming months.

“From the high-profile Brexit negotiations down to forthcoming Scottish legislation on climate change and food and drink, all will be up for discussion at the Autumn Conference and I encourage all members to take this opportunity to give their views,” concluded Bowie.

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