Royal Northern Awards Highlight SRUC Links with Farming in the North East

Published Wednesday, 7th November 2012 in Campuses & Offices news

Craibstone students aat RNAS award

The recent Royal Northern Agricultural Society Awards’ (RNAS) annual lunch featured a number of awards linked to SRUC, highlighting the part the business plays in the activity of the rural north east.

The RNAS itself is an active and respected institution organising a number of specialist events as well as the annual Spring Show and the activity of the Royal Northern Education Trust which does so much to explain food and farming to young people and consumers. Several SRUC staff have held positions within the RNAS and this year SAC Consulting’s Gavin Dick judged the annual Good Farming Practice Award, sponsored by Aberdeenshire Council.

Two SRUC Craibstone-based students received awards having been nominated and faced an interview panel. The presentation to a farmer’s son or daughter went to Lynn Argo from Catterline who is studying for a BSC in Agriculture. In addition to working on the family arable farm, growing daffodil bulbs, flowers and seed potatoes, Lynn has worked part time with Grampian Growers. She is a past secretary of Kinneff Young farmers and has a Duke of Edinburgh, Silver Award. The award to a student working for an employer was won by Steven Eddie from Strathdon. He is currently studying for an HND in Agriculture, with plans to progress to a BSc and works for the family running the Monitor Farm at nearby Lost. He is a member of Vale of Alford Young Farmers.

Both prize winners received their awards from Iain Clark, Agri Managing Partner of Clydesdale Bank. Both will go to the Paris Show next year.

The SRUC award was presented by Dr Kyrsten Black, Dean at SRUC’s Craibstone Campus. It was won by John Wink, an Architectural Technologist who has set up his own design business with six staff in 2010 following a lung transplant. He started work with the former SAC Building Design Department with day release at UHI Elgin. He paid tribute to mentors Malcolm Sharp (SRUC) and Hugh Campbell (formerly of SAC) for their support and advice as mentors.

Winning the Unsung Hero award was Jim Petrie, Dairy Manager with the Mackie Family at Rothienorman. Jim Petrie has been supportive of activity by both SAC Consulting and SRUC Education welcoming students and open day visitors to see and learn about the cows he is so proud of.

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