Solving our rural broadband woes

Solving our rural broadband woes

Rural areas are home to one fifth of Scotland’s population and over one third (50,000) of the country’s SMEs*. Rural SMEs have been one of Scotland’s bastions of economic growth over recent years, making them very important to our overall economy. Yet, arguably, the...
Farmers embrace social media

Farmers embrace social media

Social media is now well established in our society and in the farming community, its use is growing apace. The most prominent channels are Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube and Snapchat. For instant messaging, WhatsApp is also becoming a powerful tool, replacing...
Food unites the people of Beirut

Food unites the people of Beirut

In May 2017, whilst drinking very strong, sweet chai (tea) in a Palestinian refugee camp in the southern suburbs of Beirut, many of my perceptions about the Middle East were challenged. I went to The Lebanon to spend time with Kamal Mouzawak, an incredible man whose...
Ignore soil at your peril

Ignore soil at your peril

For the past decade, the jolt of returning to work after Hogmanay is always a stark, but a welcome one, as I make my way down to the Oxford Farming Conference (OFC) as part of my role running the event’s marketing and media activities. Certainly, the most challenging...
The public and why we should bother

The public and why we should bother

Seven years ago, the Oxford Farming Conference commissioned some research into the public perception of farming amongst the general public. The findings were very heartening, suggesting that sentiment towards farmers was positive, with farmers being seen as some of...