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Self-driving tractors and robots: What does your child see in farming’s future?

Young people in Scotland are being challenged to illustrate their vision of the future of farming.

Alice   Singleton

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Drones are already being used to help farmers produce food and manage land
Drones are already being used to help farmers produce food and manage land

Drones, robots, driver-less tractors? The future of farming is starting now, but where will we be in the future?

 

Organised by the Farm Management Team at SRUC, young people across Scotland are being challenged to illustrate their vision of ’the future of farming’.

 

The team are looking to find out what young people think farming, and potentially the human diet will be like in the future, and entries can be a drawing, painting or video clip.

 

Innovation and new technology

Competition organiser, Dr Cath Milne, said: “Farmers are constantly innovating and using new technologies such as drones to help them produce our food and manage land.

 

"Concepts such as vertical farming are also being tested in practice and farms may look very different in the future. We are really excited to see what young people envisage when they think about the future of farming.

 

"There is lots of inspirational material, we have videos on our own website and there is the Royal Highland Educational Trust site, or of course, just google future farming!”

 

Rules

Primary school children can enter one drawing, painting or collage (no bigger than A3) while secondary school age children should enter a short video depicting and/or describing their vision of future farming.

 

All schools in Scotland have been sent details of the competition, and entrants have been advised to let their imaginations run wild and interpret the brief in anyway they see fit.

 


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The competition

  • Primary school children - enter one drawing/painting/collage no bigger than A3
  • Secondary school children - short video depicting their vision of the future of farming
  • For details of how to enter - click here.

Prizes

  • Primary school children - a number of cash prizes, including first place winning £50, plus £100 for their school
  • 11-18 year old category - will win two day tickets to the Royal Highland Show 2016, and £150 towards costs of attending
  • Best entires will be displayed on the SRUC website and various sites across Scotland, including the Royal Highland Show

Deadline

  • The closing date for the competition is April 29, 2016
  • Winners will be announces the following month.
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