Crofting

A two-week extension to the application window for the Agri-Environment Climate Scheme (AECS) has been announced by Rural Secretary Fergus Ewing.

Applications can now be submitted until midnight on Tuesday 2 May 2017.

Previously published deadlines for Slurry Storage and Improving Public Access funding remain the same.

Information and presentations from a recent European workshop on data sharing are now available online.

The European Innovation Partnership on Agriculture and Sustainability (EIP-AGRI) workshop on 'Data Sharing: ensuring a fair sharing of digitisation benefits in agriculture' took place in Bratislava, Slovakia on 4-5 April 2017.

Driving Innovation in Scottish Agri-Food

Agrimetrics invites you to “Driving Innovation in Scottish Agri-Food”.

Come along to hear the latest developments in Scottish agri-food innovation, meet the new Agri-Tech centres, learn who the knowledge providers are and understand what support there is for innovation.

Rural Secretary Fergus Ewing has outlined the future of the Less Favoured Area Support Scheme (LFASS).

The Less Favoured Area Support Scheme (LFASS) is part of the £1.3 billion Scottish Rural Development Programme (SRDP) 2014-2020. It provides essential income support to farming businesses in remote and constrained rural areas.

In this article, the Open Farm Sunday team at LEAF tell us why it's important for farmers to get involved and about support available to help you open your farm gates for this annual event.

The need for farmers to get public support for the vital work they do has never been more critical and LEAF Open Farm Sunday provides the ideal platform to do just this. Join hundreds of farmers across Britain and take part in the farming industry’s annual open day on Sunday 11June 2017.

In this event report, Chief Executive of the Scottish Crofting Federation Patrick Krause tells us about their Annual Gathering 2017.

Around 90 delegates, the vast majority crofters travelling from Highland, Skye, Shetland, Lewis, Grimsay, and the Uists gathered in the remote township of Applecross from Friday 10 March to Saturday 11 March 2017. They were there to hear talks and to discuss what is important for crofting in the upcoming Brexit negotiations.

The European Innovation Partnership for Agricultural Productivity and Sustainability (EIP-AGRI) is looking for your ideas for new Focus Groups.

EIP-AGRI provides support to projects which show innovation in linking research with farming or forestry practices. Each year at least five new Focus Groups start working on a range of themes.

You can now enter the Nature of Scotland Awards 2017 in nine categories including the Food and Farming Award and Marine Conservation Award.

These annual awards recognise and celebrate excellence, innovation and outstanding achievement in Scottish nature conservation.

The award categories are:

Do you know an inspirational young farmer who has a real passion for the countryside and deserves reognition?

Countryfile's resident farmer Adam Henson is looking for nominations for Countryfile's Young Farmer Award 2017. If you know a young farmer who stands out because of their determination, character or sheer hard work, why not put them forward for the award?

A forestry apprentice from Dumfries took home the top prize at Lantra Scotland's fifteenth Land-based and Aquaculture Learner of the Year Awards.

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