Rural and Environment

  • This week: 31/5/19

    31st May 2019 by

    Attracting new entrant farmers More public sector land has been released to people who want to become farmers, following a Scottish Government scheme. Around 6,400 hectares of land has been made available from public bodies such as Forestry and Land Scotland, Crown Estate Scotland, Scottish Water, Highland and Islands Enterprise, East Lothian and Highland Councils....

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  • Farming and the climate emergency

    21st May 2019 by

    Rural Affairs Minister Mairi Gougeon blogs on farming and the global climate emergency. The First Minister has declared a global climate emergency. The evidence is irrefutable and the science is compelling. People are clear, they expect action and the world needs to act now, not least for future generations. We are leading this response. This was made clear when we acted immediately to the advice of the Committee on Climate Change by lodging amendments to our Climate Change Bill to set a 2045 target for net zero emissions. Just last week another warning was issued about the damage humans are…

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  • This week: 10/05/19

    10th May 2019 by

    Deposit Return Scheme Environment and Climate Change Secretary Roseanna Cunningham announced Scotland’s new Deposit Return Scheme. The scheme will include aluminium and steel cans as well as drinks containers made of glass and Polyethylene terephthalate (PET) plastic with a 20p deposit as part of plans to combat climate change. The ambitious scheme is based on...

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  • In the news – Severe weather impact

    11th April 2019 by

    You may have seen the WWF report on the Economic Impact of Extreme Weather on Scottish Agriculture in the papers today. The report suggests that Scottish farmers lost up to £161 million due to the Beast from the East last year.

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  • This week: 29/3/19

    29th March 2019 by

    South of Scotland Enterprise debate Rural Economy Secretary Fergus Ewing led the debate in parliament, the aim of which was to agree to the general principles of the South of Scotland Enterprise Bill. South of Scotland Enterprise has been established to take a fresh approach to the enterprise and skills needs of the South and drive inclusive...

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  • This week: 22/03/19

    22nd March 2019 by

    Pinney’s The Pinney’s factory in Annan is set to reopen in Autumn with a new owner, thanks in part to a £1.7 million Regional Selective Assistance grant from Scottish Enterprise.   Read more about Pinney’s Climate Change report Climate Change Secretary Roseanna Cunningham talked about the importance of climate change adaptation and how this week’s...

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  • This week: 15/03/19

    15th March 2019 by

    Pass It On Week Environment Secretary Roseanna Cunningham and Zero Waste Scotland Chief Executive Iain Gulland visited Perth Toy Library to see how re-use benefits the local community and tackles waste. Agri-tourism monitor farms Two farms have been selected to develop their food tourism business and encourage others to follow their example. Working with other...

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  • Brexit impact on Scotland’s rural economy

    13th March 2019 by

    For the whole of the Scottish Parliament’s lifetime, the rural economy has benefitted from our membership of the EU. Yet, with only 17 days from potentially leaving the EU, we still do not know if we leave with a deal or not. When and if we leave the EU, it is clear that whatever deal...

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  • Women in the Rural Economy: Part 11

    8th March 2019 by

    As we continue to celebrate International Women's Day, LANTRA Scotland's Director Dr Liz Barron-Majerik blogs on her career and experience of Scotland's Rural Economy. A ‘princess-ballerina-firefighter-scientist’. That’s what my five-year-old wants to be when she grows up. When I was her age, I wanted to be “Long Distance Clara” from Pigeon Street, probably because she got to drive a lorry and wear trousers.

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  • Women in the Rural Economy: Part 10

    8th March 2019 by

    To mark International Women's Day, Rural Affairs Minister Mairi Gougeon blogs about her experience of being a women in politics and the rural economy. I was fortunate enough to grow up surrounded by strong-minded and politically active women in my family, so discussion (or ever so slightly heated debate!) was common at home. I went through school and university quite confident, not ever considering that my gender was an issue, I suppose that only really hit me when I was elected as a councillor for the first time during my last year of university.

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