Farming entrepreneur needed to follow in Berwick girl's footsteps

The Border Union Agricultural Society (BUAS) is searching for a young farming entrepreneur from north Northumberland or Scottish Borders to represent it in Canada.

Friday, 11th May 2018, 12:00 pm
Laura Mitchell with Lord Joicey and former Border Union secretary, Ron Wilson.

It is seeking a next generation representative to attend this year’s Royal Agricultural Society of The Commonwealth’s (RASC) conference, being held in Alberta in the autumn.

The RASC comprises more than 50 national and regional show societies, agricultural associations and research bodies working in 20 Commonwealth countries. These young people come together to hear about and discuss the latest farming issues and developments and to see examples of innovative farming practices in the host country.

The theme of the 2018 conference, which takes place from November 5-8, is Connecting the World through Food.

Tours for delegates will showcase beef, dairy, crop and vegetable production in Alberta and there will also be the opportunity to visit Jasper in the Rocky Mountains.

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Laura Mitchell of Mount Pleasant Farm, near Berwick, was awarded a BUAS bursary to attend the last RASC conference, held in Singapore in 2016.

There she met other young farmers and farming advocates from all over the world to collaborate and exchange ideas.

Laura also had the chance to visit a number of agricultural businesses, including a rooftop vegetable farm with hydroponically-grown herbs and salads, an agri-science company that is investigating new crop varieties and methods of pest and weed control, as well as the Singapore government’s Marine Aquaculture centre.

She said: “My visit was an eye-opening experience and I came home with so many inspiring ideas and examples of good practice. This is a huge opportunity for anyone wanting to further their farming career and their contacts and I can not recommend it more highly.”

Mags Clark, Executive Director, BUAS, said; “We want to find someone who is passionate about farming life to represent us at this prestigious conference. It’s a golden opportunity to learn more about agriculture and food production in many different countries and to meet like-minded young people. We hope that, like Laura who represented the Society in 2016, our representative will come back brimming with enthusiasm and new ideas to promote and encourage sustainable agriculture in the region.”

Funding for the conference visit will come through the BUAS’s Bicentenary Bursary Fund, set up in 2013 to mark the organisation’s 200th anniversary.

Anyone interested in attending on the Society’s behalf has until May 18 to submit an application. Candidates should be under 40 years of age and should set out their reasons for wishing to attend, including any benefits they see for their future career, in no more than 500 words. Applications should be sent to Mags Clark at

Anyone wishing to learn more about Laura Mitchell’s 2016 visit to Singapore should visit where her full report is available.