Farming with nature
In Scotland, 98% of land is classed as rural, and 73% of that land is farmed. This makes Scotland’s farmers a vital part of the solution to our twin challenges of climate change and wildlife collapse.
Good grassland and water management, farming with trees, building soil health and farming organically are some of the ways farmers help to reverse climate change and restore wildlife. And because they reduce the need for costly inputs, these agroecological practices are also good for business. They are ‘win wins’, and we call this farming with nature.
Our programmes foster farming with nature by bringing farmers, land managers and experts together at events, in working groups and in field labs to share best practice and try new ideas.
Read our Farming and Land Use impact report here with a page turner
Read our Farming and Land Use impact report here as a PDF
We head up Scotland's farmer-led Rural Innovation Support Service (RISS) which provides professional support to farmers interested in trying new things. It connects them with the right people and helps them develop a viable project.
Applications are now open for our Landscape Leadership programme: shaping Scotland's landscapes for future generations
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Funding for our farming programmes comes from the SRDP Knowledge Transfer and Innovation Fund (jointly funded by the Scottish Government and the European Union), with partner funding from Scottish Forestry, Scottish Water, RSPB Scotland, Innovative Farmers and The Prince of Wales’s Charitable Foundation.
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