Farming

Making Woodland Work for You

Making Woodland Work for You: Creation, management and funding on Scotland’s west coast, Tuesday 11 August, 2–3.30pm

Online discussion, hosted by Robin and Sam Sedgwick from Crannich Farm, Isle of Mull

Loans aim to maintain cash flow for farmers and crofters during COVID-19 crisis.

A loan scheme to support farmers and crofters through the coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis has been announced by Rural Economy Secretary Fergus Ewing.

With the additional uncertainty caused by Brexit, the National Basic Payment Support Scheme will maintain vital cash flow for farm and croft businesses by injecting up to £340 million into the rural economy.  

Additional £1m available through new Agricultural Transformation Programme.

Farmers and crofters are being offered £1 million in funding to diversify into forestry and help with the fight against climate change.

The money is the first batch of funding from the Agriculture Transformation Programme, a key Programme for Government commitment that aims to support the agriculture sector in helping Scotland meet its greenhouse gas emissions targets. 

Guidance for farmers and crofters to prevent the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19) has been published.

The Scottish Government guidance provides a summary of information, including:

Angus based precision farming solutions pioneers SoilEssentials have announced that they are going to be arranging catch up calls and chats to anyone who would have been planning to visit them at this year’s Highland Show in order to say hello, and raise money for charity at the same time.

With so many agricultural shows cancelled in 2020, the team at SoilEssentials have come up with an alternative, which means existing and potential customers can receive a call from them instead.

The latest episode of OnFARM, Scotland’s Rural Podcast, has been working in partnership with RHET (The Royal Highland Education Trust) to provide some rurally inspired home-schooling tips and advice for parents and teachers.

Legislation which allows the Common Agricultural Policy to be simplified and improved post-Brexit has passed Stage 1, following a debate in the Scottish Parliament.

Around 7,000 specialist beef producers will benefit from payments worth around £40 million in the coming weeks, ensuring money is still going to farmers and crofters during these unprecedented and challenging times.

A further 469 convergence payments worth £768,500 have also been processed this week, mainly for new entrants to farming.

A new service is being launched to match rural businesses with potential employees and volunteers during the response to coronavirus (COVID-19).

£86.2 million of convergence payments to farmers and crofters are now underway.

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