The European Network for Rural Development (ENRD) held the 'Revitalising Rural Areas through Business Innovation' event on 30 March 2017 in Brussels.

The Seminar explored how rural businesses – both farm and non-farm – can innovate in ways that “create the conditions for future prosperity and vitality”.

The event:

A new brochure highlights projects that have taken advantage of economic opportunities that are environmentally and socially sustainable.

The 'Transition to Greener Economies' project brochure has been published by the European Network for Rural Development (ENRD) and is now available to download online.

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.

The European Innovation Partnership 'Agricultural Productivity and Sustainability' (EIP-AGRI) are looking for livestock farmers and forest managers to take part in two new Focus Groups.

The topics to be covered by the Focus Groups are:

Information from the European Network for Rural Development (ENRD) workshop on social inclusion is now available online.

The 'Social Hubs in Rural Europe' event took place in Brussels on 9 February 2017

At the workshop, people from across Europe discussed ways to respond to demographic change and promote the social inclusion of migrants and refugees, Roma, youth and women in rural areas, including through arts and culture.

Ruth MacDonald from the Scottish Rural Network Support Unit reports from the Agri-Innovation Conference held in York on 31 January 2017.

From new ideas to tackle feather pecking in hens to improving the carcase traits of Swaledale sheep, this event provided plenty of inspiration for people looking to try something new in the agricultural sector. 

At a farm visit organised as part of an Agri-Innovation Conference in York, visitors learnt about how a group of farmers in York revolutionised their businesses.

A recent event in Brussels brought together young farmers and representatives of National Rural Networks from across Europe.

The workshop on 'Generational Renewal through Rural Development' took place on 25 January 2017 and was organised jointly by the European Network for Rural Development (ENRD) and CEJA - the European Council for Young Farmers.

The European Network for Rural Development (ENRD) has produced a publication about migrant and refugee integration projects across Europe.