How to talk to your MSP about the Agriculture Bill

This autumn, the Scottish government is due to introduce a new Agriculture Bill, giving us a once in a lifetime opportunity to make farming work for nature, climate and people.

MSPs will be scrutinising the bill as it passes through parliament, and will have the opportunity to propose and vote on amendments. It’s vital that MSPs hear their constituents calling for a bill that helps farmers and crofters produce food in ways that restore nature, tackle climate change and revitalise our rural areas.

Could you arrange a meeting with your MSP to let them know that the future of farming is important to you?

Read our guide on speaking to your MSP for details of how to arrange a meeting, how best to approach the discussion, and key points to make about farming and the Agriculture Bill.

You can also watch the video of our webinar, held on 11 September, with three great speakers discussing why the Agriculture Bill matters and how people can help influence the bill by talking or writing to their MSPs.

In the webinar David McKay, head of policy at Soil Association Scotland, spoke about the opportunity for farming to become part of the solution to the climate and nature crises.

Nora Casey, parliamentary officer at RSPB Scotland, outlined how a bill passes through parliament and how speaking to our MSPs can make a difference.

Paul Wheelhouse, former MSP and Scottish government minister, reflected on his time in parliament and gave us some really useful insights into how best to lobby our MSPs.

If you do speak (or write) to your MSP about the Agriculture Bill, our campaign coordinator Miriam Ross would love to hear how it goes and what response you get. Send her an email.