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Sarah Allison, Biggar, Lanarkshire

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Busy: Variety is the spice of life so they say, and this phrase could not be more true this week.

 

I work full-time as an agricultural consultant for Laurence Gould Partnership and, with combines almost finished rolling, the phone at work has definitely been busier this week.

 

Harvest has been catchy in some parts of the country this year, with forecasts changing almost by the hour.

 

It never ceases to amaze me how no amount of technological advances have yet managed to deliver an accurate weather forecast – or perhaps it is more a case of how Mother Nature will always reign supreme.

 

On Tuesday I was invited to a meeting organised by the Royal Highland and Agricultural Society of Scotland with the Governor of the Bank of England, Mark Carney.

 

This was a great opportunity to meet a host of farmers and industry representatives and catch up on the events of the last few months.

 

Brexit: In Scotland, Brexit is only the tip of the iceberg in terms of unknowns, with talk of a second independence referendum and the Land

 

Reform Bill all leaving a trail of unanswered questions for us to contend with.

 

One of the biggest challenges, as I have already alluded to, is policy reform.

 

Where Brexit has provided uncertainty, there is an opportunity now to change the way agricultural policy works.

 

One of the additional questions we have in Scotland is whether or not agricultural policy will be devolved to Holyrood.

 

Young Farmer: As a young person starting out in the industry, it is harder to get involved in the policymaking process, but for the effective policy to be designed it must have input from both the current generation and the future generation of farmers.

 

I think it is incredibly important for those involved in agriculture professionally, to also give something back.

 

I love working in the industry, but being involved with the Scottish Association of Young Farmers Clubs (SAYFC) has enhanced this and enabled me to get involved in a different side of things.

 

I do not think I will ever tire of being able to shout about all the amazing things SAYFC does.

 

I retire in April so my thinking cap is on for my next project.

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