Rural Economy Secretary Fergus Ewing is to host a series of summits to drive forward the rural economy.
A series of events tailored to industries including forestry, agriculture and other sectors of food and drink will take place over the course of 2106 and early 2017. The first summit takes place on 1 September and will focus on the farmed shellfish industry.
Applications are currently open for this year's Scottish Enterprise Rural Leadership programme.
The programme is aimed at business managers and employees from rural businesses who want to develop their leadership skills and grow their business.
The course will include:
The Scottish Crofting Federation have launched their Access to Crofting Toolkit this week.
The toolkit is a learning space to support crofters, new entrants, successors and aspiring crofters.
The cornerstone to the toolkit is a certified training course developed by the Scottish Crofting Federation that covers three core themes:
The Scottish Association of Young Farmers (SAYFC) is offering young people in rural Scotland discounted practical training including forklift, chainsaw, welding and pest control management training.
As part of their Cultivating Futures agricultural and business training programme, SAYFC has formed a new partnership with Borders Machinery Ring, Tayforth Machinery Ring and Highland Machinery Ring to offer the training at a discounted rate.
Kelvin Valley & Falkirk LEADER are seeking new members for their Local Action Group.
Kelvin Valley & Falkirk LEADER are looking for people with experience of economic and/or community development in rural parts of East Dunbartonshire, North Lanarkshire and Falkirk to join the Local Action Group (LAG).