Emma Patterson Taylor  -  The position of farming in the public consciousness

The Royal Highland and Agricultural Society

I grew up in Edinburgh and have chosen to make farming my career. From a background working in the food and drink industry in central Scotland, I joined my current employer SAOS in 2013 having previously worked in government developing and implementing the Scottish BVD Eradication Campaign. I draw on my learning and experience in the environment, food and agricultural sectors to bring insight to challenges in the farming industry. The chance to explore my chosen topic and be a Nuffield Scholar is an incredibly opportunity to further that.

In addition to the day job I am a cheesemaker and coach and have spent holidays working throughout the world learning how to make cheese.

I would like to thank everyone who is supporting me to undertake this scholarship. My husband Stephen, my employer and wonderful colleagues and the Royal Highland and Agricultural Society of Scotland for their generous sponsorship.