Scottish Land and Estates are now seeking nominations for the 2019 round of the Helping it Happen Awards.
Now into their third year, the awards are looking to build on past success and acknowledge the enormous contribution that rural businesses make to the Scottish economy.
A recent two-day conference celebrated rising interest in trees on crofts and saw the launch of a best practice handbook.
180 delegates from across the crofting counties gathered in Boat of Garten on 9 and 10 May 2019 at the conference hosted by the Croft Woodlands Project.
The event celebrated nearly thirty years of croft woodlands since the Crofter Forestry Act of 1991, as well as four years of the Croft Woodlands Project. Attendees heard from speakers including Woodland Trust CEO Beccy Speight and Scottish Forestry CEO Jo O’Hara.
A new group will develop ideas on farms that could provide practical, innovative solutions to help climate change mitigation.
Under reforms to the Farming for a Better Climate (FFBC) the new farmer-led initiative will help to drive low-carbon, environmentally sustainable farming practices in Scotland.
The Scottish Government's Regional Food Fund has awarded bursaries to ten young women to attend the Ethical Farming Conference free of charge.
The successful applicants include a Scottish post-doctoral animal welfare researcher now working in New Zealand, post graduate researchers exploring issues around agri-environment, food security and animal behaviour, veterinary medicine students, small holders and new entrant farmers.