Scene & Herd created the OnFARM podcast because they wanted to share a positive and accurate picture of rural life in Scotland. Over the last year, they have told numerous stories about how businesses have thrived, how individuals have triumphed over adversity, how rural Scotland showcases both talent and tenacity and how science and farming are working together to solve serious challenges.
Significant new investment to drive economic recovery, bolster public services and support families underpins the Scottish Government’s spending and taxation plans for the coming year.
Presenting the Scottish Budget 2021-22, Finance Secretary Kate Forbes today announced support for jobs and skills totalling around £1.1 billion.
More than £25 million is going to disadvantaged and remote communities around Scotland to support regeneration and employment projects.
The money from the Regeneration Capital Grant Fund (RCGF) will go to 26 projects to tackle inequalities and deliver inclusive growth.
Women living in rural communities and women in agriculture will benefit from two new schemes designed to address inequality and provide more opportunities.
Links between north and south communities on the Isle of Kerrera, near Oban, will be strengthened with the upgrade of a connecting track which will make it easier to travel across the island.
Work to bring superfast broadband to the North of Scotland, including some of the most remote rural and island communities, will start in the New Year.
David Leggat MBE has recently been appointed as the new Chair of the charity RSABI.
Mr Leggat, formerly Vice-Chair of the charity which supports people in Scottish agriculture, has taken on the role following the retirement of Ewan Pate last month.
A beautifully restored Massey Ferguson 135 auctioned to raise funds for the charity RSABI has sold for £11,800.
The successful bidder was Brian Mitchell from Brechin, Angus, who was born and raised on a Perthshire farm. Mr Mitchell is a committee member of the Angus Agricultural Association and runs the vintage vehicle section of the Angus Show.
New measures to increase the maximum available penalties for the worst cases of animal cruelty have come in to force.
Taking effect from 30 November, the Animals and Wildlife (Penalties, Protections and Powers) (Scotland) Act 2020 increases the maximum penalty for the most serious animal welfare and wildlife crimes to five years imprisonment and unlimited fines.