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SCF welcomes government plans on taking crofting law reform forward

Thursday, March 29, 2018

The Scottish Crofting Federation gave a positive response to the plans put forward by Scottish Government on taking crofting law reform forward in this session of parliament.

Cabinet Secretary for Rural Economy and Connectivity, Fergus Ewing, put forward his plans for proceeding with the reform of crofting law, at a specially convened meeting of the Cross Party Group on Crofting, last night. In attendance were representatives of the Scottish Crofting Federation (SCF) including chair, Russell Smith.

“We are pleased that the Cabinet Secretary has announced a positive way forward for crofting law and restated his commitment to non-legislative changes also”, said Mr Smith. “He promised that we will have a bill in this parliamentary session which corrects the major anomalies in the current law and so enables it to work appropriately for crofters. This is the essential course of action needed and will pave the way to a consolidation bill in the next session. It is exactly what SCF hoped for. Read more..

Crofting Federation welcomes Commission initiatives

Monday, March 26, 2018

The Scottish Crofting Federation (SCF) has congratulated the Crofting Commission on the recently announced initiatives of a new Assessors Panel and research into crofting support.

“The Crofting Commission’s role in matters relating to crofting will be greatly enhanced by the appointment of a new Assessors Panel,” said Russell Smith, chair of the SCF. “The SCF has always been a great supporter of having assessors and fought hard to keep them when the demise of the network was being proposed by Scottish Government a decade or so ago. The solution instigated by the Commission of having fewer assessors but giving them a clearer mandate, a closer relationship with the commissioners and support to do their job, is to be commended.

“I would also like to thank the assessors for having put themselves forward for this voluntary role. It is really appreciated that people are willing to give their time and experience to helping crofting to work well as a regulated form of land tenure.” Read more .......

Women-only training has its place says SCF

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Scottish Crofting Federation (SCF) is clear that women-only agricultural training is necessary and responds to specific requests from women seeking to develop their agricultural experience; the evidence is there to support this.

“There clearly is the need and demand for women-only training courses in skills for farming and crofting”, Patrick Krause, Chief Executive of the SCF, said. “The ground-breaking research commissioned by Scottish Government, ‘Women in Farming and the Agriculture Sector’, presents unequivocal evidence that this is so.

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Women in Agriculture - Inverness meeting

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Women in Agriculture - Inverness meeting

Women in Agriculture - Knowledge transfer

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Women in Agriculture - Knowledge transfer

SCF Urges Crofters To Take Care In Burning

Tuesday, March 06, 2018

Scottish Crofting Federation (SCF) urges crofters who practice Muirburn to do so with extra care as several fires have gone out of control in difficult conditions recently.

“Burning off the heather in a carefully controlled manner is an essential part of managing hill grazing,” Yvonne White, vice-chair of the SCF said. “Burning heather allows it to regenerate providing food and access. If the hill was not burnt then the heather would be waist high and woody, and the habitat would be poorer for all: livestock, wild animals and humans.

“There have been several cases of fires getting out of control lately. In some areas conditions have been difficult with very dry ground and erratic winds. Errors happen, you can misjudge the wind and the situation can change very quickly. I suggest that Common Grazings committees should review their Muirburn plan to make sure it is up-to-date as a new code has been issued.”

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