Farming

Smallholding Scotland Conference 2019

The Smallholding Scotland Conference is a one-day conference dedicated to those working on and interested in small-scale agriculture and horticulture in Scotland. The 2019 conference takes place on Friday 15th February at Pitcairngreen near Perth.

It is an all-day event with refreshments and lunch included in the ticket price of £25 (£40 including 12 months membership of Smallholding Scotland (effective from 15th February for new members and 1st April for existing members through to 31st March 2020)).

The Rural Innovation Support Service (RISS) has teamed up with Scotland’s Rural College (SRUC) and the National Farmers’ Union Scotland to invite farmers to three free lunchtime events showcasing the help available for them to make the most out of their upland farm business.

They will also be able to discuss their business ideas and challenges with industry representatives and other farmers. 

Anyone with an interest in farming, rural tourism and food and drink is invited to come to the launch event for the new agritourism monitor farm programme taking place on at 

Getting Greener Grass

Tuesday 26th February, Jurys Inn, Inverness, 10am–1pm, including lunch book here

Tuesday 26th February, Thainstone Agricultural Centre, Inverurie, 7–10pm – book here

How to Plant Trees on Your Farm

A practical day event exploring the benefits of planting and managing trees on your land, including the chance to have a go at planting. Includes:

  • Visit to Tulluch Tea croft (225) to look at planting trees and hedges for better land management
  • Visit to Migdale Woods to find out how to get more out of the trees you have
  • Hands-on planting demonstration
  • Funding information from Forestry Commission Scotland and the Woodland Trust Scotland

Healthy Land, Healthy People, Healthy Profits

Come along to hear Canadian farmer and educator Tony McQuail explain how this ‘whole farm’ approach to management made his business more productive and profitable, whilst helping the family feel that the farm was 'working for them'. He will explain key Holistic Management principles such as goal-setting, decision-making, planned grazing, infrastructure planning and soil monitoring. He will share how they impacted on his own family satisfaction, farm sustainability and planning for succession.​

Launch & Information Event for new Agritourism Monitor Farmers

Two farming families are being sought to become Scotland's next agritourism monitor farmers.

If you're interested in finding out more, the new agritourism monitor farm programme will launch at Briarlands Farm, Blairdrummond, by Stirling on 28 January from 3 to 6pm. Anyone with an interest in farming, rural tourism and food and drink is invited to the launch event.

The next round of the Agri-Environment Climate Scheme (AECS) has opened for applications today (17 January).

AECS is part of the Scottish Rural Development Programme. It supports environmentally-friendly land management practices that aim to safeguard and improve Scotland's natural heritage and help businesses adapt to climate change.

Making Woodland Work for You: creation and funding

Supported by Central Scotland Green Network Trust

A practical event looking at the benefits of woodland creation and how to fund it, as well as how to manage existing woodland.

Sheep and beef farmer Andrew Barbour of Mains of Fincastle, Pitlochry, will be talking about his experience of planting trees.

Other speakers are from Forestry Commission Scotland, Woodland Trust, Scottish Woodlands and SRUC.

Come along to discover what trees can do for your farm business.

Free to farmers, foresters and land managers.

East Lothian Partnership Against Crime - launch event

The East Lothian Partnership Against Rural Crime (ELPARC) invite you to an on farm crime and fire prevention event in an effort to provide you with information and advice on simple solutions which may help deter criminal activity.

With high-value machinery, equipment and livestock on farms and rural businesses, you can be more susceptible and vulnerable, and it’s even more important that you take the time to review what security you have in place and look to make improvements. This free ‘walk and talk’ event is open to all farmers and land managers and no booking is necessary.

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