Participants in a programme designed to encourage new entrants into farming have commented on its successes.
An evaluation of the Scottish Government’s Starter Farm Initiative shows that it has provided opportunities to run a farm business, and valuable skills and experience to enable participants secure future tenancies and further their agricultural careers.
A strategy to make Scotland one of the most innovative small countries in the world has been published.
The National Innovation Strategy sets out plans to align Scotland with European leaders such as Denmark, Finland and Norway over the next decade by placing innovation at the heart of the economy.
It outlines new approaches to develop world leading excellence in key sectors – turning research into successful products and businesses, encouraging more businesses to innovate, and improve productivity while maximising targeted investment from Government and industry.
The Northern Alliance is a Regional Improvement Collaborative between eight local authorities (Orkney, Western Isles, Highland, Moray, Aberdeenshire, Aberdeen City and Argyll & Bute and Shetland) working alongside Education Scotland’s Northern Team of Attainment Advisors and Curriculum Specialists.
The Natural & Cultural Heritage Fund (NCHF) has been hailed a success for supporting 13 major new projects showcasing the outstanding local scenery, wildlife, and culture of the Highlands & Islands.
A new regenerative farming event will be held in Scotland this summer. GO Falkland, hosted on the Falkland Estate in Fife, will bring together speakers from across agriculture, agroforestry, soil biology and food provision, to create a one-day discussion forum for farming businesses and others interested in a profitable, sustainable approach to food production and soil health.