Euan Ross, Scotland manager for the Nature Friendly Farming Network, considers whether the Scottish Government’s draft Agriculture and Rural Communities Bill goes far enough in changing how farmers and crofters will receive support in Scotland.
As the Agriculture and Rural Communities Bill starts its journey through the Scottish Parliament, RSPB Scotland director Anne McCall offers some thoughts about where agricultural policy needs to go.
Environment charities welcome Agriculture and Rural Communities Bill and call for radical change to farm funding
Environment charities have welcomed the publication on Friday of Scotland’s Agriculture and Rural Communities Bill, and have called on the Scottish government to introduce a radical new farm funding system to help the industry reduce climate emissions and restore biodiversity.
We can have a future for Scotland’s farmers that also benefits wildlife and the people that enjoy our countryside, says Kat Jones, director of Action to Protect Rural Scotland.
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Larger wild mammals function as the glue that holds everything else in nature together, important for farming and breathing life into vital processes to that keep the people of Scotland fed and the land habitable, says Dr Elspeth Stirling.
Members of Scottish Environment LINK’s Food and Farming group have set out in a briefing for MSPs what the Scottish government’s Agriculture Bill, expected this autumn, must contain in order to help make farming work for nature, climate and people.