Farming

An upcoming business seminar will explore the concept of farm business incubators as a route into farming for new entrants in Scotland.

The NEWBIE business seminar at AgriScot on 20 November will be a chance to hear about an international exchange to north France and how farm business incubators to help new entrants there.

Applications are now being accepted for Be Your Best Self -- personal development training for women living and working in Scottish agriculture.

  • Do you feel like you need to re-focus on your life goals?
  • Do you want to build your confidence and discover the true value of your skills and strengths?
  • Are you looking for new opportunities and possibilities?
  • Would you like to connect with other women in Scottish agriculture?

If so, then this course is for you!

The first ever National Islands Plan for Scotland has been laid before the Scottish Parliament for consideration.

The proposed National Islands Plan provides a framework for action in order to meaningfully improve outcomes for Scotland's island communities.

Field Lab: Plant Teams. Tools for small-scale grain processing

Join Soil Association Scotland for another special crofting meeting of their Plant Teams field lab, looking at growing multiple crops together for better outcomes.

Rural Economy Secretary Fergus Ewing has launched a new land matching service for the farming industry.

The Scottish Land Matching Service will initiate discussions between new entrants to farming and landowners. The service will provide unbiased guidance and support to both parties and is aimed at tackling the issues of an ageing farming population and lack of access to land for new entrants.

Find out about free assistance available for land managers considering the opportunities for woodland creation in this article from Scottish Forestry.

Significant opportunities exist for Land Managers to maximise their business productivity and sustainability by adding value to underproductive/marginal land through tree planting.

Farming with Nature Showcase: Working with birds, bees and tree

Join Soil Association Scotland for a day on the beautiful Rottal Estate in Angus to hear from some of Scotland’s foremost nature-friendly farmers, take part in practical group sessions and see the progress of landowner Dee Ward’s transformative work with nature.

Find out about specialist advice available in this article from the Farm Advisory Service.

Ongoing uncertainty over future subsidies and an ever-changing economic and political landscape mean that now, more than ever, it is important that Scottish farmers, crofters and landowners have a clear understanding of the strength of their business resilience.

A group of farmers are working with SAC Consulting and a data company to develop distributed ledger, or blockchain, technology that will allow consumers to trace oats along the supply chain and be assured they are gluten free.

The University of Aberdeen have published a new A6 pocket guide to farmer safety critical non-technical skills.

Non-Technical Skills (NTS) are the social (teamwork, communication, leadership) and cognitive (situation awareness, decision-making, task management) skills that, in conjunction with technical and procedural knowledge can help farmers to work safely and effectively. 

The aims of the booklet are:

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