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Crofting Federation quizzes party leaders on agricultural policy intentions

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

The Scottish Crofting Federation (SCF) has written to all the main party leaders asking them to outline their intentions for agriculture and rural development policy in the lead-up to the general election.

The chair of the SCF, Russell Smith, said, “What happens to agriculture and rural development post-Brexit depends very much on the outcome of the national elections and the intentions of the parties that will hold power, both in the UK and in Scotland. There are fundamental issues to think about, such as the devolution of decision-making and the size of budget, and how that budget will be allocated. A major concern is with trade agreements and what Scotland’s relationship with the European Union will be.” You can read more and see the list of questions asked of party leaders here

Tick-borne Illness Campaign Scotland

Monday, May 22, 2017

The Tick-borne Illness Campaign Scotland is focused on achieving better treatment for patients in Scotland with Lyme Disease and related co-infections. A petition has been submitted to the Scottish Parliament and background analysis material and patient stories have been prepared to support the case. Please consider signing the petition. More information and a link to the petition can be found here

CROFTING LAW CONFERENCE June 9th 2017

Monday, May 22, 2017

This year’s conference, Chaired by Sir Crispin Agnew of Lochnaw, Bt. QC, will look at the Scottish Government’s proposals for Crofting Law Reform, where things are at and what happens next. See Events for more information

Find out more about the Croft Woodlands Project

Friday, May 19, 2017

Trees for the Crofting Community download here​

Nourish Scotland - Making a Living from Local Food programme 2017

Tuesday, May 09, 2017

Are you passionate about tasty, nutritious, locally and sustainably produced food? Are you in the process of setting up a local food enterprise or have just started one?

For the second year running, Nourish Scotland’s Making a Living from Local Food programme is offering mentoring and peer-to-peer-support to 15-20 aspiring and recently established local food entrepreneurs from across Scotland. The programme runs for 7 months from June to December 2017. The application deadline is Wednesday 31st May.

Details and an application form are on Nourish Scotland’s website:

PROTECTING THE INTERESTS OF THE RURAL ECONOMY AND ENVIRONMENT IN SCOTLAND

Friday, May 05, 2017

Letter to stakeholders from Mr Fergus Ewing MSP, Cabinet Secretary for the Rural Economy and Connectivity and Ms Roseanna Cunningham MSP, Cabinet Secretary for the Environment, Climate Change and Land Reform.

We have written to many of you previously about the ongoing efforts of the Scottish Government to protect Scotland’s interests in Europe during the UK’s negotiations to leave the European Union.

Events have been moving very quickly and we wanted to write to you to provide an update of our recent work to protect these interests.Read more here…..