ARD (agriculture and rural development) Stakeholder Group


The purpose of the group is to:

  • provide 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
  • consider and offer 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
  • monitor and provide 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
  • SASA
  • 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
  • SRUC

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 eight weeks. This will be kept under review, and may revert to quarterly meetings, in due course, in consultation with the group.




ARD Stakeholder Group
c/o Scottish Government
Saughton House

Telephone: 0300 244 4000 (Central Enquiry Unit)

An archive of minutes prior to April 2018 is available on the archive.

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