The seventh annual British Farming Awards are now open for entries and nominations in 14 categories.

The awards celebrate the creative thinking, innovation and dedication of Britain's farmers. They are organised by AgriBriefing and supported by Morrisons. 

The award categories are:

Last night, as part of the much anticipated NetworX conference held in Brussels, the European Commissioner Phil Hogan announced the 5 winners of the inaugural Rural Inspiration Awards.

The Scottish Rural Network would like to extend a massive congratulations to all 25 finalists, and the 5 overall winners.

The winners were:

Many businesses are trying businesses are trying to distinguish themselves from their competitors. They want to attract new clients and win new markets.

Getting the recognition for your good environmental practices through VIBES – Scottish Environment Business Awards could be the solution. The application process is free. All applicants receive tailored feedback with details of free support available.

The 2019 categories are:

The first burger made from quality assured Real Galloway Beef is now available in Aldi Stores across Scotland.

The Galloway Cattle Society has supported the creation of the Galloway Gourmet Burger as part of the LEADER-funded 'Defining Galloway Beef' project, which aims to make Galloway beef more accessible for people to buy.

Navigating Community Ownership Event

Scottish Land and Estates is holding a practical information event for landowners on routes to community ownership, with Gillespie Macandrew LLP and Knight Frank.

The event includes expert advice on the various community right to buy mechanisms; and consider the opportunities and challenges in dealing with a request from a community for a negotiated sale.  There will be real life examples of community right to buy, including steps to take if you are considering bringing land to the market and plenty of opportunity to question and discuss. 

SLE Annual Spring Conference 2019 - Maximising the Margins

‘Maximising the margins’ – the theme of this year’s conference – will explore land use in our more challenging and fragile areas. The event will look in depth at how rural business can rise to the challenge of increasing social, economic and environmental benefits.

The conference will examine how to maximise:

HIE can help you go international!

This introductory programme is loaded with practical advice, including current Brexit considerations, and experts will work with you to develop a tailor-made Export Plan to help launch your business internationally.

Key areas covered include market analysis and entry, international finance, contracts and logistics, to ensure you lay the right foundations for exporting. 

Launch & Information Event for new Agritourism Monitor Farmers

Two farming families are being sought to become Scotland's next agritourism monitor farmers.

If you're interested in finding out more, the new agritourism monitor farm programme will launch at Briarlands Farm, Blairdrummond, by Stirling on 28 January from 3 to 6pm. Anyone with an interest in farming, rural tourism and food and drink is invited to the launch event.

Wester Ross - Business Leaflet Exchange Advertising Tourism (BLEAT)

This event is an opportunity for everyone to get the most up to date leaflets from activity providers, menus from cafes and restaurants all on one day in one place. Providing good information to visitors encourages them to stay in the area longer and improves their customer experiences leading to better reviews. It’s a Win Win.

This is a ‘Leaflet Exchange’, based on the Round about Gairloch event of previous years but a wider reach to encompass Wester Ross. Remember visitors to the area move in both directions south to north or vice versa.

A new report on traditional music and the economy in Argyll and Bute will be discussed at an event at Dunoon Burgh Hall on 17 January 2019.

The Traditional Music and the Rural Creative Economy in Argyll and Bute, Mapping Report 2018 report was written by Dr Simon McKerrell and Dr Jasmine Hornabrook, from Newcastle University’s International Centre for Music Studies (ICMuS).