Innovation

The winners of Lantra Scotland’s ALBAS (Awards for Land-based and Aquaculture Skills) were announced on Thursday 4th March at a special virtual ceremony.

A Business Creation Project designed to develop enterprise skills and encourage business start-up ideas amongst women based in rural areas of Scotland will launch on Monday 15 February.

A pioneering dairy farm in south west Scotland has made 25 years of soil data freely available on their website with a request to scientists to include more practical farming experience in their research.

Festival UK* 2022 has announced that applications are open for a unique and pioneering £3 million funded research & development (R&D) opportunity.

The Scottish Government and Lantra Scotland are looking for tech companies to support their efforts to recover and rebuild the nation, by taking part in a CivTech Programme challenge.

Futureproof Your Farm

Join in online on May 20, 9.30 - 11.30am, to hear about how the farmer-led Rural Innovation Support Service (RISS) can help you get together with the right people and develop business ideas in response to Covid-19 and climate change. Hear from:

 

Net Zero Arran's David Henderson

An island described as “Scotland in miniature” could help serve as a blueprint for Scottish agriculture to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions.

Farmers on the Isle of Arran are working together to try to reduce their carbon footprint using AgreCalc – an SAC Consulting tool to benchmark and measure methane, carbon dioxide and nitrous oxide emissions.

Culture Perth and Kinross Libraries are utilising the 3D printers bought as part of their Rural Perth and Kinross LEADER funded project, Digital Maker_Spaces, to help print headframes and stiffeners for the NHS.

Two young people who took part in the 2019 Rural Youth Project Ideas Festival in Lanarkshire were inspired by the event to host a Rural Youth Leadership Forum in Brussels.

Having met at the Rural Youth Project's festival, Russ Carrington and Ffion Storer Jones coordinated an event in Brussels on 29 January to provide a platform for individuals and organisations to discuss rural youth leadership across Europe. 

Scotland’s Rural Innovation Support Service is now two years old, and is already establishing itself as a useful way to enable rural businesses to adapt to change.

Its farmer-led and open-ended approach makes it different to traditional advisory services. Providing a facilitator whose job it is to get the right people together to explore a rural business idea, and keep that group going, creates time and space for the idea to evolve into a concrete project plan.

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