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SAC Consulting Association of Potato Producers 19th Annual Conference 2018: Back to the future for potatoes

Date: 31st January 2018

Location: Perth Racecourse, Scone Palace Park, Perth PH2 6BB

Time: 9:30 - 16:00

Cost: From £80 + VAT

SAC Consulting Association of Potato Producers 19th Annual Conference 2018

This full day conference is free to SACAPP members but open to non-members. 
Non-SACAPP Growers - £80 + VAT
Non-SACAPP Agronomists - £160 + VAT
and the Potato trade.

Lunch and refreshments are provided. The SRUC/SAC Potato Team look forward to seeing you there BASIS & NRoSO Points have been applied for.

If you would like to attend please contact:
Janis Forrest
SAC Consulting
Farm & Rural Business Services
2 Technopole Centre
Bush Estate
Penicuik, Midlothian EH26 0PJ
T: 0131 603 7525
F: 0131 603 7501

Please provide full contact details

Read more about the event in the news section.







Coffee, Tea and Bacon rolls


Euan Grewar

Grewar Farming

Chairman’s introduction



Innes Jessiman,

Senior Potato Consultant, SAC Consulting Solutions

Introduction to the conference

Innes will set the scene for the 2018 conference by looking backwards at the last year of production and forwards to the new season


Simon Lever

Chief Executive at Fylde Fresh & Fabulous

Customer profiling – the challenges in the next 10 years

Simon is on the AHDB Market Intelligence Committee and was a ‘Next Generation Industry Leader’. He runs a progressive company supplying potato chips to a range of markets.  He strongly believes you need to know your customer and will share his views on what this means


David King

Head of Technical

Syngenta UK

Challenges and opportunities in crop protection with reference to potatoes

Conventional pesticides are under pressure in Europe as never before.  We may shortly lose some very significant active ingredients for potatoes.  How will agrochemical companies face up to these challenges and what alternative approaches are possible?  David King is the man to tell us!


Martin Kennedy

Vice president of NFU Scotland

The impact of Brexit on trade, particularly with reference to potatoes

If there is one certainty in Agriculture it is change.  Like other sectors of agriculture the potato industry is facing a period of uncertainty, especially in light of Brexit.  Martin Kennedy will bring a frank view on how we should adapt to change and how the NFU are fighting our corner


Julian Bell

Senior Rural Business Consultant

SAC Consulting Solutions

Export opportunities – a review of the current situation

As a prelude to the succeeding workshops SAC Consulting Solution’s market guru will take a look at current prospects for seed and ware markets for Scotland and GB and provide a view of what might lie ahead


Concurrent workshops

Session 1


Tackling PCN

Expert panel includes Matt Back (Harper Adams), Andy Evans (SRUC), Jon Pickup, (SASA)  Export opportunities

Expert panel includes representatives from Caithness potatoes, Cygnet PEP, Grampian Growers, Greenvale AP & IPM Ltd

Tackling PCN: “The predictions on land that might be lost to potato production in two cycles of production are scary. PCN is a ticking time-bomb for Scotland and growers are not yet facing up to what lies ahead”.   These statements describe a challenge for seed and ware growers alike.  Join the debate on how we should tackle the problem


Lunch + Potato cooking demonstration by SRUC Elmwood student


Concurrent workshops

Session 2

Tackling PCN

Expert panel as above

Export opportunities

Expert panel as above

Export opportunities: Scotland has many natural advantages in growing potatoes and we could sell more seed and ware overseas.  What are the constraints and how can the industry overcome them?  This workshop will focus on future prospects for export and how to realise the potential


Brian Fenton

Applied Potato Pathologist,

SRUC Aberdeen

Potato disease and pest diagnostics - Making good decisions

Diagnostics provides tools to reduce risk in decision making and form part of a sustainable approach.  Modern, and even established, methods are steadily improving and extending the options available. Just what are the options and how can they help growers make decisions?  Brian Fenton will explain


SRUC/SAC specialists

Short technical presentations from the SRUC/SAC Potato team

SRUC/SAC has strength in depth. Expect to hear presentations from new and old faces on technical topics ranging from blight to food issues.


Innes Jessiman & Stuart Wale

SAC Consulting Solutions

The way forward

Reflecting the theme of the Conference, Innes and Stuart will provide a considered look at issues and options that face potato growers in 2018 



Tea and depart


Happening today, 18th January 2018

SAC Consulting Brexit discussion event for farmers

Date: 18th January 2018

Location: Barony Campus, Parkgate, Dumfries and Galloway DG1 3NE

Time: 19:00

Cost: Free

The Dumfries offices of SAC Consulting (part of SRUC) in partnership with NFUS, will be hosting a Brexit event for farmers comprising talks by two SRUC economists followed by a panel discussion.

The panel will comprise representatives from the red meat and dairy sector, plus Andrew McCornick of the NFUS and Rt Hon David Mundell MP, Secretary of State for Scotland.

Attendance is free but places are likely to be limited and priority will be given to SAC subscribers and NFUS members. Those wishing to attend the event are asked to contact the SAC Consulting Dumfries office on 01387 261 172 or

Read more about the event in the news section.

SRUC-AHDB Cereals & Oilseeds Winter Agronomy Roadshow - Inverness

Date: 18th January 2018

Location: Drumossie Hotel, Old Perth Road, Inverness

Time: 09:30 - 16:00

Cost: Free

Inspiring, innovating and integrating new approaches to arable farming

To register for event at Macdonald Drumossie Hotel, click here 

For further information please click here.

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