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Young farmer? Applications open for SAYFC study tour to California

The chance to check out California’s agricultural industry is open to application in SAYFC’s international 12-day trip.


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Young farmer? Applications open for SAYFC study tour to California

Applications for the Scottish Association of Young Farmers Clubs (SAYFC) agri and rural affairs international study tour are open.

 

The trip to California, USA, will take place towards the end of November-beginning of December for about 12 days and has promised to ‘explore the unique and diverse landscape’ of the state’s agricultural industry.

 

California is the largest producer of food in the United States but has less than four per cent of its farms.


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Crops exclusive to the state include: almonds; artichokes; dates; figs; kiwifruit; olives; persimmons; pomegranates; pistachios; prunes; raisins; clovers and walnuts.

 

Iain Wilson, vice chairman of the SAYFC agri and rural affairs committee, said: “Agriculture is becoming more and more reliant on modern technology as we all try to improve efficiency in a bid to make a profit in tough times.

 

“California is one of the most technologically advanced agricultural areas in the world so it is vital that our members get a chance to see this and can bring home some important knowledge and experience to share with the wider industry and drive forward our own domestic advances.”

 

The theme of the tour will be: Improving efficiency by embracing technology.

 

For more information on the tour and how to apply, click here. Applications close next Friday February 2.

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