On 13 March we ran a webinar on the Farm for Scotland’s Future campaign. Watch the video to find out more about why farming is crucial to restoring Scotland’s nature and tackling climate change, and why we need a new funding system to help all farmers and crofters make the transition to sustainable farming.
We hard from three fantastic speakers, starting with Ruth Taylor, agriculture and land use policy manager at WWF Scotland, who emphasised that the future of food production depends on healthy ecosystems and a stable climate. Ruth highlighted the need for the Scottish government’s agriculture bill, due this autumn, to transform the system.
Farmer Nikki Yoxall spoke powerfully about nature-friendly farming practices, showing us how ‘the Wee Mob’, her mobile herd of cattle, help create healthier soils and improved wildlife habitats. Regenerative grazing is one of many practices that a new system could support.
Crofter Helen O’Keefe gave us a fascinating window into the role crofting can play in maintaining both resilient local communities and a mosaic of biodiverse habitats for nature, making a strong case for better government support for crofters.