Farming

€​470 million of Horizon 2020 funding is available for research projects on farming, food and the bioeconomy. 

Horizon 2020 is the biggest European Union Research and Innovation programme ever with nearly €80 billion of funding available over seven years (2014 to 2020) – in addition to the private investment that this money will attract.

Calls open in October 2019.

Over one hundred school pupils enjoyed a potato education day in Perthshire recently.

The event was organised by ADHB and the Royal Highland Education Trust (RHET) and was hosted by Bruce Farms in Perthshire as part of their Strategic Farm programme managed by AHDB.

Family farming businesses in Aberdeenshire and Orkney can now register for the fourth year of The Prince’s Farm Resilience Programme.

The programme is run by The Prince's Countryside Fund with local partners in 15 locations across the UK. Up to 20 farming families can join the initiative in each location and receive free business skills training.

Almost 2000 pupiles have taken part in a project growing and harvesting their own potatoes.

This year, over 60 classes from across Perth and Kinross took part in the Mr Jazzy Potato Project, which shows the children the gradually unfolding story of the spud and how food and farming are linked.

Top of the crops in the 2019 competition and winning the cup was the P2/3 class from Abernethy Primary School who won the ‘Heaviest Crop of Potatoes’.

A new working group has been formed by the Scottish Government to develop the future policy on farming and food production.

Thr group is made up of producers and comsumer and environmental organisations and will consider how we use Scotland's natural assets to produce food and mitigate the impact of climate change. The new group will also look at how best to support such activity is Scotland has to leave the European Union.

Bracken Control Without Chemicals: Techniques to balance farming and wildlife

Bracken can be a serious problem on hill grazings and marginal land. Without careful management, large areas can easily be overrun, which is bad news for everything from livestock to wild birds. Uncertainty about the future use of the traditional herbicidal spray Asulam has prompted people to look again at bracken control techniques, to strike a balance between productive agricultural land and the bird and insect species which depend upon bracken habitats.

As part of the Gender Pay Gap Action Plan, up to £5m will support up to 2,000 women return to work in sectors - including agriculture where they are under-represented - by bringing their skills up to date and providing access to work experience placements.

In addition, three pilot training programmes developed by the Women in Agriculture Taskforce, specifically aimed at women living or working in Scottish agriculture, have been launched by Equalities Minister Christina McKelvie ahead of the Royal Highland Show.

Ms McKelvie said:

The 2019 British Farming Award entries are now open – and they’re looking for their next Diversification Innovator of the Year.

With increasing input costs, food prices being driven down and the unknown impact of Brexit looming, farmers are having to find new ways to boost their profits and become ever more resilient.

A recent independent study into public attitudes towards the Scottish Rural and Agricultural sector has identified 7 key principles for future agricultural policy in Scotland that the public support.

According to research commissioned by the Scottish Government, nearly 90% of Scots think farming is vital to economic growth, and public support of Scottish farming is growing with 83% of Scots believe that farming provides an essential public service.

On 9th June 2019, hundreds of farms all over the country will open their gates for LEAF Open Farm Sunday 2019. As the farming industry’s annual open day, it offers a fantastic chance for people to discover real farming at first hand and see for themselves how their food (and much more besides) is produced. It is also a great way for farmers to shine a light on what they deliver and why supporting British farming matters.

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