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By Lesley Eaton
An Aberdeenshire woman is to play a key role in a major international conference, which is due to take place in Edinburgh next month.
Janelle Anderson, from Old Rayne, has been named as the leader of the 'Next Generation' delegation at the 24th Commonwealth Agricultural Conference 2010 in Edinburgh from June 27th until 30th.
Thanks to a scholarship from The Roy Watherston Memorial Trust, Janelle first attended the conference in 2006 when it was held in Calgary, Canada and was assisted by the RHASS in attending the 2008 event in Christchurch, New Zealand.
The biennial conference is held by The Royal Agricultural Society of the Commonwealth (RASC), which is a confederation of 48 Commonwealth agricultural show societies from 21 countries. The RASC was founded in 1957 by HRH The Duke of Edinburgh and is the only Non-Governmental Organisation representing agriculture across the Commonwealth.
The Edinburgh conference will host over 200 delegates from around the Commonwealth and will feature speakers looking at domestic and international issues, ranging from “Landlord & Tenant Co-operation” to “The Work of the Waitrose Foundation in South Africa.”
Janelle will lead the 'Next Generation' forum day held especially for the 60 plus delegates aged between 21 and 40. In addition will be a pre and post-conference tour programme, which will take in venues throughout Scotland including Janelle's place of work – Aberdeen Grain at Whiterashes.
Janelle works as office manager for Aberdeen Grain and has been employed at the Whiterashes base since completing her Bachelor of Technology Degree in Agriculture at The Scottish Agricultural College, Craibstone, Aberdeen in 2000. Her busy job primarily involves administration of members' accounts from grain intake through to payment as well as all aspects of membership and organisation of meetings and visits along with the day to day running of the office.
The original facility at Whiterashes was built in 1984 and was recently extended to a current capacity of 52,000 tonnes. July 31st, 2009 saw the official opening of a new development including a new traffic flow system, double weighbridge and office, 15,000t of new storage capacity, an additional 75t/hr drying capacity for malting barley, and 225t/hr feed grains. The new intakes are capable of taking 400t/hr into the plant. The new dryers are powered by LPG, thanks to a gas installation designed for Aberdeen Grain by Calor. This is part of a three phase development, which will take Aberdeen Grain's total capacity to 85,000t with further room for potential future expansion.
In her spare time, Janelle can often be found helping her parents Alex and Vera on the family farm at Easterton of Old Rayne where, in addition to forestry, the family runs a herd of Limousin and cross breeding cows with followers.
She is a former member of Inverurie Young Farmers and held the post of Young Farmers' North Region chair in 2007/08. Janelle has sat on SAYFC National Council and is a past International Committee chairperson. Janelle became of a director of the Royal Northern Agricultural Society in 2006 and has recently become a trustee of the John Fotheringham Memorial Trust which offers scholarships to people under the age of 35 to undertake an agricultural study tour.
Commenting on her involvement in the Commonwealth Agricultural Conference, Janelle said: “When I first looked at attending in 2006, it was the venue (Canada) which attracted me as this was somewhere I had always wanted to visit. Little did I realise how much more would be gained from the trip. I was fortunate enough to be selected and I really enjoyed meeting like minded people of all ages and from a diverse range of countries.
“In my experience, the conference provides a valuable platform where ideas and experiences can be shared. The common link among delegates is agriculture and agricultural shows.
“The friendly nature of the conference and a good programme of activities mean that you are interacting with people of all ages on different levels. It is an event where friendships are founded and I keep in touch with quite a few people between conferences.”
Janelle continued: “The things that stand out are the encouragement that is given to the 'Next Generation' and the passion that all delegates have for their show societies.
“The associated tours allow many opportunities to see first hand how things are done in agriculture and related industries first hand and I benefited greatly from that experience in Canada and New Zealand, so I hope it's something that the overseas delegates enjoy and gain from when they come to Scotland.”
For further information on the 24th Commonwealth Agricultural Conference 2010, contact the Royal Agricultural Society of the Commonwealth Secretariat Office at the Royal Highland Centre, Ingliston, Edinburgh, EH28 8NB. Alternatively, visit www.commagshow.org or email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 0131 335 6223.