Arable Conversations 2nd July - 6:30pm - Alternative markets and new product opportunities’

Arable Scotland

6. 30 pm Live Stream Arable Conversations: Alternative markets and new product opportunities


Economists and food experts will discuss opportunities for the arable sector and the challenges in current markets. With the UK wheat crop already forecast to be significantly lower in 2020 should we assume that UK wheat prices are going to come under pressure and will this lead to larger imports.

Topics under discussion include the latest grain market commentary, the longer-term direction for wheat and barley prices, forecasts for global stocks, Scottish and international grain markets. Former AHDB Monitor Farmer Alison Milne, will discuss how her brand, Crafty Maltsters, has added value to a commodity product by exploring flavour, heritage, provenance, innovation and sustainability.

At 6.30 pm a live Q&A session will be conducted. The panel will answer questions asked via the live stream together with questions posed by regional business groups from across Scotland covering topics such as yield expectations, feedback on the growing season and conditions, crop updates, the outlook for the 2020 harvest and potential markets.

You can watch the webinar on catch up here:

Or you can call the number below or listen in and enter the conference ID:

+44 20 3321 5218 United Kingdom, London

Conference ID: 873 968 990#

Please note that the maximum number of attendees for this session is 250, and entrants will be accepted on a first come first serve basis, however if you are unable to join you can still ask your questions in the comments thread and one of our panellists will answer at their earliest opportunity. A recording of the session will also be posted if you wish to view at a later date.


Alison Milne
, Crafty Maltsters, Director Scotland Food & Drink


Alison Milne has a diverse range of interests - a self-employed consultant, partner in a farming business, director of Crafty Maltsters Ltd and Director of Scotland Food and Drink.

Prior to setting up her own consultancy business, Alison was employed for 8 years with the National Farmers Union of Scotland in various roles, promoting the interests of the national industry.

In 2013 Alison left NFUS to become a partner in the family farming business, a mixed arable and livestock enterprise. Alison and her husband are both passionate about the future of family farming in Scotland and have worked in partnership to add value to the farming business. In 2019 they launched Crafty Maltsters Ltd, a pioneering new malting business, processing home grown barley into single origin malt for the brewing and distilling industry.

David Eudall, Head of Market Specialists (Arable), AHDB


David studied economics at university before beginning his career as analyst with HGCA prior to moving up to Stoneleigh in 2009 with AHDB. David spent five years as a trader in the domestic and international grain trade before re-joining AHDB in 2017 to develop partnerships in the industry. He is now Head of Market Specialists. David heads up a team of seven analysts who focus on domestic and international arable markets across cereals, oilseeds and potatoes.

Julian Bell, Senior Rural Business Consultant at SRUC


Julian is a Senior Rural Business Consultant and Team Leader of the Rural Business Unit. Julian delivers consultancy services to farmers, rural businesses, banks, investors, government agencies and other organisations.

Current projects include analysis of grain and oilseed markets, economics of bio-fuel and energy crops, carbon management and agricultural investment appraisal. He is also responsible for SRUC business publications as well as undertaking training for farmers in risk management and enterprise benchmarking.

Previously, Julian was Senior Economist, Crop Marketing HGCA where he oversaw analysis of UK and global cereal markets and was responsible for managing HGCA's practical farm business development programmes. Julian is an agricultural graduate from Edinburgh University and SAC Aberdeen.


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+44 20 3321 5218 United Kingdom, London

Conference ID: 873 968 990#

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