The deadline for responding to the consultation for a new Agriculture Bill has been extended until Monday 5th December and an additional face to face workshop announced, which will be held in Orkney.

To date we have supported at six face to face events - Inverness, Portree, Inverurie, Oban, Melrose and most recently Stirling and have a further three planned events over the next few weeks covering Dumfries, Ayr and now Orkney 

Agriculture Bill Consultation - Orkney

As part of the Scottish Government’s consultation process to develop a new Agriculture Bill, nine face to face events will be held in locations across Scotland.

These will be general sessions looking at the proposals of the Agriculture Bill. There will also be five online virtual events focusing on specific themes included in the bill. Further information on these can be found here:


Scotland’s rural and island communities can share their lived experiences of the cost of living crisis directly on a new public web portal launched today (Tuesday 8 November).

The Rural Exchange portal has been developed by Scotland’s Rural College (SRUC) to give a voice to people living and working in rural and island areas.

A total of 33 businesses, large and small, will receive grants ranging from £16,000 to £1.4 million from the Food Processing, Marketing and Cooperation (FPMC) grant scheme.

Projects include capacity building for a dairy farm to meet the growing demand for its soft cheese, setting up of a new venison processing operation and installation of solar panels at a butcher premises to reduce carbon footprint and minimise electricity costs.

Agriculture Bill Consultation - Ayrshire

The aim of this event is to gather initial views on the Scottish Government’s proposals outlined in the consultation, “Delivering our Vision for Scottish Agriculture, Proposals for a new Agriculture Bill”.

The next in a series of consultation workshops to support development of a new Scottish Agriculture Bill takes place in Oban on the 1 November and the Scottish Rural Network team will be there to support policy colleagues on the night.  

The Highlands and Islands Climate Hub is offering small grants to community groups for community engagement or seed funding for a community climate action project.

The Just Transition Fund (JTF) is a £500 million ten-year commitment that will support projects in the North East and Moray which contribute towards the region’s transition to net zero.

Proposals for all new buildings to be fitted with climate-friendly alternatives to fossil fuel heating systems have been published.

The Social Innovation Challenge (SIC) funds and supports innovators to kick-start solutions that tackle some of the most pressing challenges of our time. The programme is centred around a theme each year. Building on the legacy of COP26, the 2022 theme is: innovative solutions to climate change issues faced by rural communities in Scotland.