Farming

Are you a farmer or a crofter? We want to hear from you!

We are looking for research participants to investigate different aspects of wellbeing in farming and crofting communities.

The Scottish Agritourism Growth Tracker 2021, undertaken by Visit Scotland on behalf of Scottish Agritourism measured, for the first time, the potential of the country’s agritourism industry.

People are to be supported to drive forward innovation and knowledge transfer in agriculture, helping businesses contribute to the green economic recovery by farming and crofting more sustainably.

Applications have opened for the next round of the Knowledge Transfer and Innovation Fund (KTIF) for projects aiming to introduce new and innovative approaches in agricultural practice or improve sector knowledge transfer and skills.

On 2 February 2022, the last meeting took place of the Outer Hebrides LEADER Local Action Group (LAG).

In its 30 years the LAG has overseen the allocation of £11.6 million LEADER European grant funding to innovative projects throughout the Outer Hebrides and additionally levered in nearly £23 million of match funding.

Do you keep chickens, ducks or geese? Make sure you know how to protect your birds from the risk of avian influenza.

Scotland's Census is now live and you should complete it by 20th March - you can easily do it online on the Scotland's Census website.

It is important that you contribute to the Census as the information you provide will be vital to help the Scottish Government make important decisions that affect people’s lives and their communities. 

On Thursday 3rd March the achievements of Scotland’s top land-based and aquaculture trainees were celebrated at Lantra Scotland’s ALBAS (Awards for Land-based and Aquaculture Skills).

Agroforestry: trees mean business

In this webinar we will explore three hands-on ways to make money from your trees: fruit production, coppicing and timber production. Join us to hear from experts, farmers and crofters about their experience and ask your questions about:

  • Coppicing: how, why, when
  • Fruit trees: the right product for your project
  • Timber: reasons to embark on this long-term crop
  • Challenges and how to tackle them.

Scottish Forestry will also be present to answer your questions.

FREE and open to crofters, farmers, land managers and foresters. 

The Scottish Government published its Vision for Scottish Agriculture which sets out plans for Scotland to become a global leader in sustainable and regenerative agriculture.

The Prince's Countryside Fund has opened for another round of applications on Thursday 3d March -  Apply here.

Grants of up to £25,000 are available for community-led projects that improve the long-term viability and resilience of the rural communities. 

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