This year’s Ed Rainy Brown Memorial Award for services to agricultural co-operation has been presented to Bruce Ferguson, Scottish general manager for Openfield.
Ferguson, pictured has been at the forefront of the expansion of Aberdeen Grain in 2009, from 30,000 tonnes to 75,000 tonnes and also oversaw the development of a new co-op, Angus Cereals, in Montrose. The award was presented by Allan Bowie, vice-president of NFUS, who said: ‘’Collaboration and co-operation within the grain sector has offered a greater number of Scottish growers’ better routes to managing and marketing their valuable produce.”
Ferguson was brought up on the family farm in Perthshire and held posts with Scottish Agricultural Industries, Allied Grain and Dalgety Agriculture before he took over as Scottish general manager for Grainfarmers business in Scotland (now Openfield) in 2004.
Ed Rainy Brown was chief executive of both NFU Scotland and SAOS.