A new agricultural EIP-AGRI Focus Group on benchmarking draws attention to the benefits and makes a number of recommendations for improvements.
Benchmarking is finding out how you are doing compared to other similar businesses and using this information to improve. For farmers this can include comparing data on feed costs, herd health, crop yields and so on.
Four Agriculture Champions have been appointed by the Scottish Government.
The Agriculture Champions will help develop an Agriculture Strategy to guide the long-term sustainable future for Scottish agriculture.
The four Agriculture Champions are:
The deadline for applications to the Knowledge Transfer and Innovation Fund (KTIF) is Thursday 2 February 2017.
KTIF is designed to support projects that increase farmers’ skills and knowledge by delivering training, coaching, courses and farm visits, and by supporting on-the-ground improvements in competitiveness, efficiency and sustainability.
A €2 million European Union (EU) project to increase lamb survival rates, funded under Horizon 2020, has been announced.
Scottish farmers and researchers will work with people in Spain, Romania, Italy, France, Ireland and Turkey to reduce lamb deaths.
Between 2 to 6 million lambs in the UK die every year before they are three days old.
Are you planning on doing any agri-environmental management in 2017?
This could be part of an Agri-Environment Climate Scheme (AECS) scheme, a greening measure, or just a desire to do something different. Want to know if your management makes a difference? Soil Association Scotland can help you find out!