NEWBIE Discusses Farm Incubators at Agriscot, one of Scotland largest farm industry events.
At the Agriscot farm industry event in Edinburgh, Newbie UK led an open seminar on farm business Incubators. After visiting Northern France with Newbie partner RENETA, a panel of delegates asked a room of participants “Could Farm Business Incubators provide a route into the industry for new entrants in Scotland?“ Hosting one of six high level seminars, Newbie drew a large audience of farmers, practitioners and policy makers interested in new entrant issues. The newbie team presented on what was learned during the newbie exchange process to share ideas across the consortium members. Then, panel members who were present in France reflected on what they learned and how they might apply the incubator model to a Scottish context. After that, participants were able to ask questions about the experience. Finally, audience members were asked how well they thought farm incubators could be useful for new entrants in the UK and solicited their comments to the panel. Responses for the audience resounding desired the uptake of farm incubaotrs like they saw from France, and brought up important barriers that must be addressed before they can be successful. Audience members discussed the need for institutional support, the allocation of public lands, rigorous selection process from incubated farmers, the need for infrastructure to house such idea, and the potential for incubation on existing farms rather than on new sites.
Information on Agriscot : https://agriscot.co.uk/seminars2019/