Every year the Agri & Rural Affairs Committee organise a study tour to look at farming operations in other countries. The trips are open to any SAYFC member and are often fully or part funded through trusts, grants and donations making it a very low cost trip with plenty of opportunity to pick up ideas to bring back to Scotland.
Previous study tours have included:
2012 - Texas
2013 - Wales
2014 - Argentina Read the report here
2015 - Ireland
2016 - New Zealand. Read the report here
2016 - Massey Ferguson Factory Tour France
2017 -Netherlands incldung Global Fourm of Inovvations in Agricultural Expo (see below)
The destination for the 2017 Agri and Rural Affairs Study Trip is ….. AMSTERDAM, NETHERLANDS and applications are now open.
Taking place from Monday 8th to Thursday 11th May this trip will focus on agricultural innovations in technology.
Held in cooperation with Proagrica and supported by an international network of 40 plus partners, the Global Forum for Innovation in Agriculture (GIFA) is the world's largest dedicated expo of sustainable agricultural innovations and will be a main feature of the 2017 SAYC Agri & Rural Affairs Study Tour.
Bringing together thousands of stakeholders along the value chain from Europe and the emerging markets of Africa and Asia, GFIA is the region’s ONLY exhibition and conference dedicated to sustainable agriculture technologies across all types of food production.
Study Tour Timetable (subject to change)
|Monday 8th May 2017||
Fly from Edinburgh to Amsterdam (AM)
Fam visit in the afternoon
|Tuesday 9th May 2017||
Global Forum for Innovations in Agriculture
|Wednesday 10th May 2017||
|Thursday 11th May 2017||
Fly from Amsterdam to Edinburgh
Farm visits will be confirmed closer to the time subject to the groups interests
Who can apply and how many places are available?
Any SAYFC member may apply who is 18 years of age or older
Individuals who have experienced two or more Agri and Rural Affairs Study Tours are not eligible to apply.
There are 16 places available and these individuals will be joined by an SAYFC staff member and the Agri & Rural Affairs Chairman taking the group size to 18.
The trip costs £275 per person which includes flights, accommodation, transport in Amsterdam and the congress.
It does not include insurance, food or drink which will be payable by each individual.
If you are offered a place a deposit of £100 will be required before the end of March 2017.
Application and selection process
Members will be selected based on an application process, reviewed by an independent panel.
Applications must be completed by Monday 6th March 2017 using the link below.
On return to Scotland you will then be required to contribute to a group report, and take part in the odd presentation to sponsors/trusts that have provided group funding.
Penny Montgomerie – email@example.com or 0131 333 2445
Duncan Morrison – firstname.lastname@example.org