Women who are current or former students of agriculture and related courses are being invited to complete a new survey.

The James Hutton Institute are running the survey as part of a Scottish Government-funded research project looking at women in agriculture.

They are inviting women who are current or former students of agriculture and courses such as agricultural economics, rural business management, equine and horse care and large veterinary practice at college or university level in Scotland to take part in the online survey.

Building a transnational capacity-building network for common land graziers – taking the first steps

Creation of a formal capacity-building, experience-sharing, mutually-supportive and collaboration-catalysing network for graziers of common and communal land and their organisations from across Europe.

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The latest newsletter from the European Innovation Partnerships in agriculture and forestry (EIP-AGRI) is now available.

Farmers and foresters from all over the European Union are trying out new ideas and finding solutions to problems with the help of researchers, vets and others. 

Lantra Scotland is now accepting nominations for its 2017 Land-based and Aquaculture Learner of the Year Awards.

Now in their fourteenth year, the awards celebrate the achievements of the country's most talented Modern Apprentices, trainees, school pupils, mentors and secondary schools.

In this article you can find out more about a survey being carried out as part of the Scottish Organic Action Plan.

Take the Stronger Scottish organic supply chains survey.

Are you aged between 18 and 25 and passionate about the future of agriculture?

Entries are now open to participate in the third Bayer Youth Ag-Summit to be held in October 2017 in Brussels. 

In partnership with two Belgian Young Farmers Associations, Groene Kring and Federation des Jeunes Agriculteurs, next year’s week-long conference will bring together around 100 young people to discuss contemporary issues in agriculture, the environment and international development.

The RSABI Great Glen Challenge has raised over £50,000 for the rural charity.

Twenty-three teams of four took part in this year's Great Glen Challenge - cycling, kayaking, walking and running 46km from Fort Augustus to Fort William. The event raised £50,146, exceeding the fundraising target for another year.

Watson Seeds from East Lothian were crowned winners with two teams from CKD Galbraith following closely behind in second and third position.

The Anders Wall Award for private individuals who have made a special contribution to the rural environment in the European Union is open for applications.

Anders Wall Foundation from Stockholm in association with the European Commission, Directorate General for the Environment, Brussels, the Royal Swedish Academy of Agriculture and Forestry and the "Friends of the Countryside", has introduced the award.

Only private enterprises can enter the competition.

Their achievements should preferably include the following elements:

Lorraine Macrae from the Scottish Rural Network Support Unit reports on the West Lothian LEADER Farm Diversification and Rural Enterprise Event.

Robert Arkley, owner of the highly successful Kingsfield Golf course and Driving Range in Linlithgow, welcomed over 50 people to an event hosted by West Lothian LEADER on 26 September 2016.

Soil Association Scotland are holding a series of seminars in coming weeks with renowned soil expert Jo Scamell, from Ground Level Nutrition Ltd.

The events are free for farmers and land managers and will offer practical advice on improving efficiencies and increasing farm profitability.

The dates and venues for the seminars are:

  • Aviemore - 28 September
  • Inverurie - 29 September
  • Dumfries - 5 October
  • South Queensferry - 6 October

Jo Scamell said: