Agriculture Reform Implementation Oversight Board


We set out in our Programme for Government the creation of an implementation board to drive forward the work of the farmer-led groups. The Agriculture Reform Implementation Oversight Board (ARIOB) has been established to support implementation of policy reform, incorporating the relevant recommendations from the farmer-led groups to:

  • cut emissions across agriculture
  • support the production of sustainable, high quality food
  • address the twin crises of climate and nature/loss of biodiversity
  • design a new system and approach

On 25 August, we launched the consultation 'Agricultural transition - first steps towards our national policy: consultation', based on the work of the suckler beef, arable, pig, dairy and hill, upland and crofting farmer-led groups. ARIOB was launched to work within government as Scotland reforms agriculture policy in the immediate and long term.

The ARIOB is supported by the Scottish Government’s Academic Advisory Panel (AAP) to ensure it is able to draw on the available science, knowledge and expertise and evidence that exists in a growing evidence base. Read the Academic Advisory Panel's terms of reference.

Further support is offered by the Agriculture Policy Development Group (APDG) which assists with the development of policy detail. More information is available in the minutes of 30 September 2021 and the APDG terms of reference.


  • Martin Kennedy, farmer/NFUS
  • Tim Bailey, SAOS
  • Scott Henderson, farmer
  • Adele Jones, Sustainable Food Trust
  • Marion MacCormick, Supply Chain, Scotland Food and Drink
  • Donald Mackinnon, Crofter and Chair of Scottish Crofting Federation
  • Andy McGowan, MD Scottish Pig Producers
  • Alison Milne, farmer
  • Andrew Moir, farmer
  • Vicki Nash, RSPB trustee
  • Anne Rae MacDonald, farmer
  • Mark Reed, Academic with expertise in behaviour change including peatland restoration
  • Pete Ritchie, farmer and SE Link (Nourish Scotland)
  • Mike Robinson, Academic and co-chair of Farming 1.5
  • Kate Rowell, farmer, QMS and Just Transition commission
  • Claire Simonetta, farmer
  • Sarah Simpson, farmer and agricultural consultant
  • Nikki Yoxall, farmer and NatureScot



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