Open Farm Sunday

Open Farm Sunday is the farming industry’s annual open day.

On Sunday 5 June, hundreds of farmers all over the country welcome visitors onto their farms to discover the world of farming. 

Open Farm Sunday, managed by LEAF (Linking Environment And Farming), is one of the farming industry’s biggest success stories. Since the first Open Farm Sunday in 2006, over 1000 farmers across the UK have opened their gates and welcomed people onto their farm for one Sunday each year.

Open Farm Sunday - North Balluderon Farm

Caroline and Ross Millar are set to welcome hundreds of people on to their farm as part of Open Farm Sunday on Sunday 5th June.

The Amsterdam Rural Forum and National Rural Networks meeting brought delegates from across Europe to Amsterdam on 11 and 12 May for presentations, workshops, performances and even milk tasting!

This inspiring event was a chance to hear about innovative rural development projects making use of the arts and to reflect on how we, at National Rural Network Support Units, can be more creative in our work.

An East Lothian farmer will be supporting the rural charity RSABI later this month by driving a tractor around the North Coast 500 route in just three days.

John Meikle from Hoprig Mains will be tackling the 500-mile journey around the north coast of Scotland between 13 and 15 June, hoping to complete the route at the grounds of Inverness Castle on the afternoon of 15 June.

Scotland is being represented at this week's Swedish Rural Parliament, one of the largest gatherings for rural development in Europe.

Bill Sturrock, a member of Angus LEADER Local Action Group, and Sarah Hyslop, Ayrshire LEADER Programme Manager, are being supported by the Scottish Rural Network to attend the event.

The Swedish Rural Parliament event takes place in Visby, Gotland from 27 to 29 May. The theme for 2016 is 'Towards a balanced country'.

Open Farm Day Tour - Estonia

The Open Farm Day Tour 2016 for international partners will be held on 24 - 25 July 2016 in Estonia.

The first National Open Farm Day in 2015 was a great success among Estonians - 142 farms opened their doors for visitors and more then 50,000 visited them.

Estonian Rural Network Unit will organise the Open Farm Day Trip for collegues and international guests on 24-25 July 2016.

Collegues from European Union countries and Nordic-Baltic Region, from National Rural Networks, Managing Authorities, Local Action Groups are welcome to discover Estonian farms and producers.

The Scottish Rural Parliament are holding events across the country to help them create a Manifesto for Rural Scotland.

Ann-Marie Meikle and Don Morrison from the Scottish Rural Network Support Unit attended events in Inverclyde on 4 May and Newtonmore on 17 May to find out more.

A new brochure highlighting innovative projects from across Europe is now available.

Share your views about the European Innovation Partnership 'Agricultural Productivity and Sustainability' (EIP-AGRI) in a short online survey.

The agricultural European Innovation Partnership (EIP-AGRI) works to foster competitive and sustainable farming and forestry that 'achieves more and better from less'. It was launched in 2012 by the European Commission.

The deadline for applications to the Beef Efficiency Scheme has been extended until 15 June 2016.

A deadline extension has been announced by the new Rural Economy Secretary, Fergus Ewing, for the Beef Efficiency Scheme (BES), meaning farmers now have until 15 June 2016 to apply for a share of up to £45 million beef sector support scheme.

The previous deadline for applications was Tuesday 31 May.