“We must do all we can to attract and retain people in our crofting communities, particularly young families. That’s why we are committed to continuing and improving this vital support.” Mairi Gougeon Cabinet Secretary for Rural Affairs and Islands in the Scottish Government
The Challenge of Neglected Crofts
The Crofting Commission were notified of 1,289 crofters across Scotland who did not comply with their Crofting Duties in 2020, with 70% of cases owing to individuals being non-residents – this was up almost 100% from 2019.
3% Decline in Recorded Numbers of Corncrakes
In 2022 the calling of only 824 Corncrake males was recorded in Scotland compared to 850 in 2021.
Agriculture Bill Consultation – Orkney
There will be an opportunity to share your views in person on 28th of November at the Albert Hotel, Kirkwall. The event runs from 7 to 9pm.
Food Security: Should Scotland Be Worried?
The National Farmer’s Union (NFU) of Scotland has warned that crofters and farmers are scaling back production due to the increasing costs they are facing in fertiliser, fuel, energy, animal feed and wages.
Wellbeing Survey Designed by Farmers & Crofters Launched
“Our hope is to launch the “Farmstrong” model here in Scotland, in 2022/23, developed for farmers by farmers.” John Scott
Improving Soil A ‘Win Win’ For Biodiversity
Investing in the ground beneath our feet could have wide-ranging benefits for the environment, animal and human health
MSPs “extremely concerned by significant and persistent weaknesses” in the Crofting Commission
“This report is extremely concerning and highlights that there are people in Government, Boards and within organisations who do not clearly understand their role or responsibilities” Rhoda Grant MSP
Scotland’s Farmers Angry At New Zealand Trade Deal
“Our fears that the process adopted by the UK Government in agreeing the Australia deal would set a dangerous precedent going forward have just been realised. ” – NFU Scotland President Martin Kennedy
‘Tea And Trees With Crofters’ Advice on Tree Planting
Crofters are being invited to a free forestry event so that they can hear about the benefits and help available for planting trees as part of their business.