ARD (agriculture and rural development) Stakeholder Group


To provide the Scottish Government with advice and views on priorities for shaping our agriculture, forestry and environment in the post-CAP era, which will support and strengthen Scotland's rural economy.

To consider and offer the Scottish Government advice on potential future funding needs in the post-CAP era, including what form this should take to meet Scotland's priorities for agriculture, forestry and the environment.

To monitor and provide the Scottish Government with feedback on issues related to existing CAP support, and offer views on other areas of its work that affect agriculture, forestry and the environment.


Membership will be kept under review to ensure it is appropriate to the task.

Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board
Agriculture Industries Consortium
Central Ass. Of Valuers
Committee of Scottish Bankers
Convention of Scottish Local Authorities
Dairy Co
Dairy UK
Deer Farmers
Forestry Commission
Game and Wildlife Conservation Trust
Highland and Islands Enterprise
Historic Environment Scotland
Institute of Auctioneers and Appraisers in Scotland
James Hutton Institute
Linking Environment + Farming (LEAF)
National Farmers Union Scotland
National Sheep Association
Nourish Scotland
Quality Meat Scotland
Royal Society Protection of Birds
Scottish Agricultural Organisation Society
Scottish Association of Meat Wholesalers
Scottish Association Of Young Farmers
Scottish Beef Association
Scottish Crofters Federation
Scottish Enterprise
Scottish Land and Estates
Scottish Environment Protection Agency
Scottish Government
Scottish Natural Heritage
Scottish Organic Producers Association
Scottish Tennant Farmers Association
SE Link
Soil Association

Duration of the group and frequency of meetings

The group is expected to operate at least until 2020, or until such time as post-CAP funding arrangements have been developed and implemented in Scotland.

It is envisaged that alternating meetings and teleconferences will be held initially every 8 weeks. This will be kept under review, and may revert to quarterly meetings, in due course, in consultation with the group.