In this new Foundation Apprenticeship opportunity, pupils will have the chance to work in SRUC’s laboratories and the college’s Rural Skills outreach programme will see lecturers deliver classes in East Lothian two days a week.

During a visit to the SRUC stand at the Royal Highland Show, Jamie Hepburn, Scotland’s Employability and Skills Minister, praised the scheme.

One of the most prestigious benchmarks of success in Scotland’s countryside, the Scottish Rural Awards are now in their fifth year and are partnered by Scottish Field and the Scottish Countryside Alliance.

A set of 13 categories are open for nominations, including the coveted Rural Hero award, which recognises those whose contributions to their rural communities have gone above and beyond the call of duty.

The Nature Friendly Farming Network (NFFN) is led by farmers across the UK with a passion for sustainable farming and nature and they seek to unite farmers who have a sustainable outlook. The NFFN also works to secure positive changes in policy, including how farming is supported by the public.

Offering a 'new vision' for the future of Scottish agriculture, a group of farmers have used the Royal Highland Show as their forum to launch a Nature Friendly Farming Network in Scotland for the first time.

A new industry led group to share, disseminate and encourage adoption of advances in agricultural science and technology has been established. The group will explore the opportunities surrounding agricultural technologies as a means of helping farmers maximise on farm efficiency and the subsequent economic and environmental benefits that this can bring.

The establishment of the new group is the fulfilment of a commitment made within the agriculture chapter of the recent Climate Change Plan, which was laid before Parliament earlier this year.

Soil Association Scotland's Future Farming Conference

Farming is full of challenges and opportunities, now more than ever. 

As our three-year, award-winning Future Farming Scotland programme draws to a close, join us for a practical day discussing how farmers are making changes to meet these challenges, and be part of the design of our new programme.

Hear from farmers Graeme Bethune (rush control), Rory Christie (RISS: dairy genetics), Jim Simmons (woodland) and Duncan McEwen (grassland management).

Farm Advisory Service Women in Agriculture

Following the success of their initial Women in Agriculture events, Scotland’s Farm Advisory Service are pleased to announce the next round of meetings which are being held across the country.

The events are free but places must be booked in advance. To find out more and to book a place, click on your preferred event below or alternatively, call the FAS helpline on 0300 323 0161.

• 27 June: West Glengyre Farm, Wigtownshire – Efficient Livestock Record Keeping and What to Expect at an Inspection.

A series of free events offering inspiration and advice for women working in Scottish agriculture has been announced by the Farm Advisory Service.

The women-only events, which will take place from the Borders up to Orkney, have been organised by the Scottish Government’s Farm Advisory Service (FAS) programme, which is delivered by specialists from SAC Consulting, part of Scotland’s Rural College (SRUC).

Beef Efficiency Scheme project
Name of organisation/business: 
Hundleshope Farm
Beef Efficiency Scheme

Mrs Hamilton from Wester Third Farm in Gartmore tells us about their farm diversification project, which received funding from Forth Valley & Lomond LEADER.

Over 1,000 hectares of public land is to be made available to new farmers this spring.

The move is part of the Scottish Government's Programme for Government commitment to identify and release more public and private land for new farmers as part of their action plan for Farming Opportunities for New Entrants.

Forestry Enterprise Scotland, Scottish Water, Highlands and Islands Enterprise, East Lothian and Highland Councils will all release land this spring for around 50 new farmers.

Rural Economy Secretary Fergus Ewing said: