Crofting roadshow: Kirkwall

Do you want to help secure the future of crofting?

The Crofting Commission elections will be taking place in March 2017.

At a crofting roadshow near you you can find out more about the elections, the role of the Commission and Commissioners and the importance of making your voice heard.

The roadshow will also have short talks from different crofting organisations addressing key crofting issues, followed by a Q&A session.

Woodland: making it work for you. Management, woodland creation and woodfuel

A practical on-farm afternoon looking at benefits of managing farm woodlands, new plantings, business opportunities and agri environment schemes. The event will include discussion on woodland creation, how to manage existing woodland, opportunities for wood fuel production and biomass boilers. Speakers include Simon MacGillivray, Chartered Forester; Joe Fergusson, Energy Agency,  Richard Huston, Farm Business Services and Forestry Commission Scotland.

Woodland: making it work for you - Management, planting and utilisation

A practical on-farm afternoon looking at benefits of managing farm woodlands, new plantings and business opportunities. The event will include discussion on woodland creation, riparian and shelter belt planting, how to manage existing woodland and opportunities for wood fuel production. Speakers from Woodland Trust Scotland, Forestry Commission Scotland and Jeremy Thompson, Forest Direct.

Booking is required. For further information please call Lyn on 07899 791748 or email

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.

Find out more

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.