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Crofting Federation welcomes government funding for rural mental health

Tuesday, May 22, 2018

The Scottish Crofting Federation has welcomed the announcement that Scottish Government will continue to support the National Rural Mental Health Forum with a grant of £50,000.

“Mental health is something we don’t talk enough about,” said Patrick Krause, chief executive of the Scottish Crofting Federation, “and perhaps especially so in rural communities. Yet our mental health is of course just as significant to our well-being as our physical health. The National Rural Mental Health Forum (NRMHF) has been raising awareness of mental health issues with great success and it is good that this work is recognised and supported by the Scottish Government.” Read more…..

#CroftSpirit18 – Celebrating the Spirit of Crofting Awards

Friday, May 18, 2018

The first of their kind, these awards will be given to two individuals following a call for nominations by the Scottish Crofting Federation. The drive for the award is the Year of Young People 2018 and as such will celebrate the role of young people in crofting. The awards will be made at a special dinner which will be held during the Celebrating the Spirit of Crofting event on 5th October 2018 at Rothes, Moray and presented by Mel Irivine of Drummuir, one of the stars of BBC TV “This Farming Life”.

The weekend event which will include workshops, inspirational speakers and networking for crofters and small scale food producers: focusing on a range of diverse crofting produce. The Scottish Crofting Federation are grateful to all funders of the event and in particular to Moray LEADER and Big Lottery Awards for All. Read more…....

Crofting Federation welcomes report demonstrating Highlands & Islands agriculture is unique

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Scottish Crofting Federation (SCF) welcomed a report launched yesterday that “demonstrates unequivocally that Highlands and Islands agriculture and land use stands out as unique in Scotland and the UK”.

At the gathering for the launch of the report ‘Post-Brexit Implications for Agriculture & Associated Land Use in the Highlands and Islands’, chair of SCF Russell Smith said, “We welcome this very important piece of work that demonstrates unequivocally that Highlands and Islands agriculture and land use stands out as unique in Scotland and the UK. The contribution that this region, and therefore crofting, makes to food production and public goods such as environment, landscape and culture is shown to be very significant, but
along with that the report emphasises the vulnerability and constraints this fragile area suffers.” Read more…....

Crofting Federation supports Scottish Government approach to law reform

Tuesday, May 08, 2018

The Scottish Crofting Federation has supported the two-phase approach to crofting law reform, as outlined by the Cabinet Secretary Fergus Ewing in giving evidence to the Rural Economy Committee.

“No one would deny that crofting law is complex,” said Russell Smith, Chair of the Scottish Crofting Federation (SCF). “It is in need of reform and this is, thankfully, underway. SCF is firm in its belief that reform needs to be done in a measured, methodical way, especially because of its complexity. Rushing forward into a wholesale writing of new law would create the likelihood of crofting law not getting changed in this parliamentary life, or indeed for a very long time bearing in mind how long it has taken to get to this point.” Read more….

Crofting celebration is awarded funding by Moray LEADER

Tuesday, May 01, 2018

Crofting celebration is awarded funding by Moray LEADER - A two day event that celebrates the spirit of crofting will be supported by funding from the Moray LEADER Programme. The event also marks the fact that Moray is now one of the crofting counties. The Scottish Crofting federation (SCF) have been successful in their bid for funding of £14,179.15 towards the costs of organising and running the event, which will take place in Rothes in October. The award will cover 80% of the eligible project costs.

Moray LEADER Programme Manager Norman MacAskill said: “While crofting is not usually associated with Moray, Local Action Group members were impressed by the energy and ambition of the proposal from SCF, and believe it will be a worthwhile investment in a vital part of the Moray economy. In particular, it will contribute to Moray LEADER’s objective of building stronger local supply chains for Moray food and drink.”

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Moray Leader Funding

Crofting Federation reminds crofters to submit their Single Application Form

Tuesday, May 01, 2018

Scottish Crofting Federation (SCF) reminds crofters to submit their Single Application Form by 15th May if they wish to claim payments under most agricultural support schemes. “There is a drive to get crofters and farmers to submit their Single Application Form (SAF) on-line,” said Russell Smith, Chair of the Scottish Crofting Federation (SCF). “If you can’t face filling it in on-line you can still do it on a paper form, but it has to be a paper form issued by your local RPID office. It cannot be a form you have downloaded and printed. Staff in the department office are very helpful in advising on how to fill it in if this is new to you.” Read more…....

SCF MEMBERSHIP SURVEY 2018: RESPOND TODAY

Tuesday, May 01, 2018

Members will be receiving a questionnaire with the latest edition of The Crofter. This is your opportunity to let us have your views on SCF and what we can do for you.

Please return completed questionnaires in the Freepost envelope provided or go online to complete.