Scottish Rural Action have launched their Action Plan, with key points in five areas they will be taking forward.

Farmers, crofters and land managers have until midnight on 15 May 2017 to submit their Single Application Form.

The Single Application Form is the form you need to fill in if you want to claim payments under the following schemes:

A new free online platform has launched to help more people make use of smart farming technologies.

The Smart Farming Platform has been launched by the Horizon 2020 thematic network Smart AKIS.

Community Land Scotland Annual Conference 2017

This year’s Community Land Scotland conference ‘Sharing the Knowledge’ will take place on the 30 and 31 May at Sabhal Mor Ostaig in Skye. The conference will focus on helping aspiring and established community landowners and organisations that work with them to share knowledge and learning.

Keynote speaker: Andrew Thin, Chair of the Scottish Land Commission.

Workshop topics include land buyouts, renewables at the cutting edge, the Crofting Bill and much more.

The Scottish Farm Land Trust (SFLT), in collaboration with Nourish Scotland, is undertaking a survey to find out who is looking for farmland in Scotland and what they want for it.

Their aim is to increase access to land for ecological agriculture, and they want to build SFLT as an organisation led by small-scale farmers, growers and new entrants.

Helping it Happen Awards Night

An awards night will be held in Edinburgh on May 30, 2017, which follows Scottish Land & Estates’ Annual Spring Conference being held at the Assembly Rooms on the same day.

These new awards – which are sponsored by The MacRobert Trust - are being held at the Principal Hotel Edinburgh, George Street, 7.30pm for 8pm.

Scottish Land & Estates' Spring Conference

The 2017 Scottish Land & Estates' Spring conference has the theme 'Rural Investment: Hopes and Fears for a New Era'.

 The event will provide an opportunity to reflect on what the future might hold for rural businesses. Speakers, who will include high profile politicians, policy decision makers, and rural business owners, will, in a mixture of talks and discussion:

The Scottish Land Commission has announced a series of community 'Meet and Greet' events.

The events kick off in Fife on 27 April and continue across Scotland over coming months. They are a chance for people to find out more about the work of the newly formed organisation, meet with Commissioners and discuss priorities for land reform.

The Scottish Land Commission was officially established on 1 April 2017.

Chair of the Scottish Land Commission, Andrew Thin, said:

Have your say on a plan setting out key priorities for the Loch Lomond & The Trossachs National Park by taking part in a public consultation.

Views are currently being sought on the draft National Park Partnership Plan 2018-2023 which sets out a vision for how the Park Authority and its partners will work together to further develop the benefits the National Park can offer Scotland's environment, society, culture and economy.

Scottish Rural Action has released its draft Action Plan for 2017-19.

Scottish Rural Action (SRA) is a non-profit, apolitical organisation which is completely independent of Government. They are a company formed with the dual purpose of developing and organising Scotland’s Rural Parliament and supporting the development of a rural movement. 

The draft Action Plan for 2017-19 focuses on key policy areas as voted for at the Rural Parliament in 2016: