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Agriculture and the environment

  1. Boost for recycling and reuse

    Further investment to improve local recycling.

  2. Making the Future - second Just Transition Commission: initial report

    The second Just Transition Commission convened in early 2022 with a remit to provide scrutiny and advice on the Scottish Government’s sectoral and regional just transition plans. This initial report sets out strategic priorities to ensure the decarbonisation of Scotland's economy is delivered fairly

  3. Land reform in a Net Zero Nation: consultation paper

    The next Land Reform Bill will make important changes to the framework of law and policy that govern the system of ownership, management and use of land in Scotland. This consultation sets out the Scottish Government's proposals for the Bill and seeks views on a range of land-related issues.

  4. The Honey Bee Health Strategy 2022 - 2032

    The main aim of the strategy is “Working in partnership to achieve a healthy and sustainable population of honey bees in Scotland”.

  5. Support for equality in agriculture

    Range of practical training courses for women.

  6. Supporting innovation in agriculture

    Fund of more than £200m to back innovative projects. 

  7. Biodiversity strategy: consultation

    Biodiversity is vital for us all and it is in crisis, globally and in Scotland, so we need to change the way we use natural resources. We are seeking views on how we should tackle the biodiversity crisis through a new biodiversity strategy which will drive this transformation.

  8. Land use strategy: annual progress report 2021/2022

    Third annual progress report on Scotland's land use strategy, as required under Section 37A of The Climate Change (Emissions Reduction Targets) (Scotland) Act 2019. It covers the period of March 2021 to March 2022.

  9. Scottish Government responds to UK gene editing bill

    Minister signals no change to GM regime in Scotland.

  10. Salmon and Sea Trout Fishery Statistics updated for the 2021 Season

    An Official Statistics Publication for Scotland

  11. Environmental Protection (Single-use Plastic Products) (Scotland) Regulations 2021: guidance

    Guidance relating to the implementation of the Environmental Protection (Single-use Plastic Products) (Scotland) Regulations 2021.

  12. Delivering Scotland's circular economy - proposed Circular Economy Bill: consultation

    This consultation seeks views on our proposals for legislation to develop Scotland’s circular economy. The consultation sets out a number of areas in which we are seeking views on whether to take powers within a new Circular Economy Bill.

  13. Response to the Climate Change Committee: progress reducing emissions – report to Parliament 2021

    In December 2021, the Committee on Climate Change (CCC) published its annual report on progress in reducing emissions in Scotland, assessing the government’s climate change mitigation activity. This report addresses the CCC’s recommendations.

  14. Climate Change Plan: monitoring reports 2022

    The second annual statutory monitoring report against the updated 2018 Climate Change Plan, as per the Climate Change (Emissions Reduction Targets) (Scotland) Act 2019.

  15. Review of the Land Rights and Responsibilities Statement: analysis of consultation responses

    A report on the analysis of the responses to the consultation on the Review of the Land Rights and Responsibilities Statement.

  16. New National Parks for Scotland

    Public encouraged to take part in consultation.

  17. Scottish Natural Capital Accounts 2022

    This report estimates quantity and value of services supplied by Scotland's natural capital.

  18. Scotland's Vision for Trade: annual report - March 2022

    Our first annual report on Scotland's Vision for Trade, outlining the range of specific actions that we have taken over the past year and our continued ambition to make trade-related decisions based on the principles of inclusive growth, wellbeing, sustainability, net zero and good governance.

  19. Blue Economy Vision launch

    Move to make Scotland a global leader in marine management.

  20. A Blue Economy Vision for Scotland

    Sets out our long-term ambition for Scotland’s blue economy to 2045. It demonstrates how much we value our marine environment and its significance. This is captured in six outcomes sitting across a range of environmental, social and economic ambitions.

  21. Honey bee health strategy survey 2022: analysis

    Results of a survey we carried out to gather the views of the beekeeping community and those with an interest in honey bees to identify areas to help guide the direction of the new 10-year honey bee health strategy.

  22. Agricultural wages in Scotland: guide - twenty sixth edition

    The Agricultural Wages Order and guidance for workers and employers details the minimum hourly rates of pay and other terms and conditions for agricultural workers in Scotland.

  23. Scottish farm business income: annual estimates 2020-2021

    Farm business level estimates of average incomes for 2020-2021.

  24. National Islands Plan: annual report 2021

    The Islands (Scotland) Act 2018 requires that a report is presented to Parliament each year setting out the progress made towards delivery of the National Islands Plan.

  25. Pesticide Usage in Scotland: Rodenticides on Arable Farms 2020

    This report presents the results of a survey of rodenticide use on arable farms in Scotland in 2020

  26. Good Food Nation - programme of measures: interim update 2022

    A report on the progress made on Scotland's Good Food Nation ambitions.

  27. Sustainable and regenerative farming - next steps: statement

    Information about how we will support farming and food production in Scotland to become a global leader in sustainable and regenerative agriculture.

  28. Agriculture Policy Development Group: terms of reference

    Terms of reference for the Agricultural Policy Development Group (APDG).

  29. Promoting low carbon farming and protecting the environment

    Agri-Environment Climate Change Scheme awards.

  30. Sharing knowledge and innovation to tackle climate change

    Projects awarded funding in most recent round of Knowledge Transfer and Innovation Fund.

  31. Transforming Scotland’s waters

    Actions to improve the water environment.

  32. Supporting Rural Scotland

    Range of funding to deliver sustainable communities and protect the environment.

  33. Showcasing agricultural climate action

    Peer to peer network to launch.

  34. Protecting Scotland’s beaver population

    New measures to expand numbers and restore biodiversity.

  35. £50 million for warmer, greener homes

    Support available to help people save on heating bills this winter.

  36. Reducing agricultural emissions

    Improved controls on the storage and application of slurry and digestate.

  37. Action on single-use plastic

    Scotland first UK nation to pursue ban on some of the most problematic products.

  38. Boosting carbon storage in agricultural soil

    Scotland signs up to 4 per 1000 initiative.

  39. Expanded funding to restore and protect nature

    £55 million for nature restoration and biodiversity projects.

  40. First Minister meets global environmental experts at COP26

    New report advises Scottish Government on environment priorities.

  41. Ambitious future for rural Scotland

    National Test Programme announced.

  42. Creating a fairer, greener nation

    Rural funding scheme extended.

  43. Amber thunderstorm warning

    Heavy rain and flooding expected.

  44. Arable Climate Change Group - a new blueprint for Scotland's arable sector: report

    Report from the Arable Climate Change Group, one of the farmer-led groups established to develop advice and proposals for the Scottish Government. It focusses on how to cut emissions and tackle climate change, something that was re-emphasised in the updated Climate Change Plan.

  45. Dairy Sector Climate Change Group: report

    Report from the Dairy Sector Climate Change Group, one of the farmer-led groups established to develop advice and proposals for the Scottish Government. It focusses on how to cut emissions and tackle climate change, something that was re-emphasised in the updated Climate Change Plan.

  46. Sustainable and integrated farming and crofting activity in the hills and uplands of Scotland: blueprint - report

    Report from the Hill, Upland and Crofting Climate Change Group, one of the farmer-led groups established to develop advice and proposals for the Scottish Government. It focusses on how to cut emissions and tackle climate change, something that was re-emphasised in the updated Climate Change Plan.

  47. Mapping Scotland’s crops

    Technology to predict crop types.

  48. Lifting the Avian Influenza Prevention Zone

    Poultry keepers advised to remain vigilant as heightened biosecurity measures lifted

  49. Signalling a sustainable future for farming and food production

    Publication of reports from sector-led climate groups.

  50. Providing financial certainty

    Farmer funding ahead of target.

  51. Additional funding increases training support for women in agriculture

    Access to scheme allows women in crofting and agriculture to develop their skills. 

  52. Inclusive participation in rural Scotland: research report

    Preliminary exploration report details the findings of research into barriers to participation facing lesser heard voices in the context of rural Scotland. Specifically, it focuses on the LGBTI community, disabled people, carers and ethnic minorities.

  53. Celebrating local produce

    Development of regional food and drink projects across Scotland.

  54. Addressing rural Scotland’s gender imbalance

    Providing training support for women.

  55. Preparing for the future

    Setting the direction and shape for agricultural support.

  56. Undoing damage and creating stability

    Support for hardest hit communities and sectors.

  57. Greater protection for iconic Scottish mountain hares

    New licensing regime to take effect from March.

  58. Convergence payments underway

    Package of more than £70 million confirmed.

  59. Grants for Crofters

    Building or improving Crofters’ homes.

  60. Improving sustainability through innovation

    Tackling climate change in farming and food production.

  61. Farmer-led groups to combat climate change

    Making agriculture more sustainable.

  62. Avian Influenza case

    Disease confirmed in birds in Scotland.

  63. Increase in Agricultural Production for 2020

    A National Statistics Publication.

  64. Supporting sustainable farming

    £18 million to improve land and livestock management.

  65. New housing measures to protect poultry and captive birds against avian flu

    Bird keepers should review biosecurity and house birds.

  66. Werritty Report response

    Additional measures to protect birds of prey.

  67. Farmer-led groups to tackle climate change

    More sustainable farming and food production.

  68. Avian influenza protection measures

    Avian Influenza Prevention Zone declared in response to cases of highly pathogenic H5N8 in GB and Europe.

  69. Driven grouse moors - socioeconomic and biodiversity impacts: summary report

    A summary report of findings from research into socioeconomic and biodiversity impacts of driven grouse moors and the employment rights of gamekeepers

  70. Environment, natural resources and agriculture research - draft strategy: consultation

    Consultation on a draft strategy for the next cycle of research on the environment, natural resources and agriculture which starts in 2022. 

  71. Pesticide usage: outdoor vegetable crops 2019

    Information from a survey of pesticide use on outdoor vegetable crops grown in Scotland during 2019.

  72. Provisional Results Show Increase in Agricultural Production for 2020

    A National Statistics Publication.

  73. Recycle Week 2020

    People encouraged to continue recycling to help the environment.

  74. Rural role in green recovery

    £160 million investment for forestry and agriculture.

  75. Bee disease confirmed in Perthshire

    American Foulbrood found near Blairgowrie.

  76. Support for aquaculture

    Shellfish growers and trout farmers share £3 million

  77. Supporting agriculture

    Farm payment schemes to alleviate COVID-19 pressures.

  78. Scottish Crown Estate: strategic management plan

    Vision and objectives, priorities and policies for the future management of the estate to deliver wider and long-term social, economic and environmental benefits.

  79. Planning for Brexit

    Call to put all available resource towards tackling COVID-19.

  80. Consumers asked to shop considerately

    Behaviour fuelling perception of food shortages.

  81. Agricultural support underway

    £86.2 million of convergence payments now underway.

  82. New beef sector climate group

    Moving to a low-carbon future.

  83. Moving to low carbon farming

    Agricultural Transformation Programme announced.

  84. Farm payments underway

    Investment to support sector.

  85. Pesticide usage in Scotland 2016: soft fruit crops – revised 2020

    Revised report to correct inaccuracies in active substance application weight data that were overestimated in the original soft fruit crop 2016 report published in 2017.

  86. Less favoured area support

    Investment for remote rural areas underway.

  87. Simplifying CAP

    Taskforce recommendations published.

  88. Alleviating rural hardship

    Support for individuals and families.

  89. Brussels fishery talks

    Challenging outcome for the Scottish industry.

  90. Cereal and oilseed rape harvest: final estimates - 2019

    Statistics on area, production and yield of cereals in Scotland in 2019.

  91. Pesticide usage - rodenticides on arable farms 2018: survey results

    Information from a survey of rodenticide use on arable farms in Scotland in 2018.

  92. Pesticide usage - arable crops and potato stores 2018: survey results

    Information from a survey of pesticide use on arable crops and potato stores in Scotland during 2018.

  93. Pesticide usage - soft fruit crops 2018: survey results

    Information from a survey of pesticide use on soft fruit crops grown in Scotland during 2018.

  94. Pesticide usage in Scotland

    A National Statistics Publication for Scotland.

  95. Flooding action plan launched

    Protecting communities from extreme weather.

  96. Rural planning to be prioritised

    Review into planning underway.

  97. Increase in 2019 cereal harvest predicted

    A National Statistics Publication for Scotland.

  98. Favourable weather helps farming recover.

    A National Statistics Publication for Scotland.

  99. Scottish Agricultural Census: June 2019

    Statistics regarding the area of crops and other farmland, livestock, agriculture workforce and rented farmland.

  100. Cereal and oilseed rape harvest - first estimates: 2019

    Initial estimates of area, yield and production for winter and spring barley, wheat, oats and oilseed rape, for the 2019 harvest.

  101. Increase in employment in Aquaculture

    2018 fish farm production statistics published.

  102. Scottish fish farm production survey 2018

    Statistical news release.

  103. Brexit impact on red meat sector

    Export costs to increase.

  104. Lord Bew’s agriculture funding review

    €60 million payout for Scots farmers recommended.

  105. Action to address climate emergency

    New measures announced as Cabinet meets in Stirling.

  106. Loans offered to farmers early

    Funding released to help mitigate impacts of Brexit.

  107. Review of the environmental and socio-economic barriers and benefits to organic agriculture in Scotland: summary report

    Summary report of the research carried out by Harper Adams University, on behalf of the Scottish Government, into the environmental and socio-economic barriers and benefits to organic agriculture in Scotland.

  108. Review of the environmental and socio-economic barriers and benefits to organic agriculture in Scotland

    Report of the research carried out by Harper Adams University, on behalf of the Scottish Government, into the environmental and socio-economic barriers and benefits to organic agriculture in Scotland.

  109. Tackling climate change

    Additional £11 million for peatland restoration.

  110. Convergence Review

    Letter from Rural Economy Secretary Fergus Ewing to Secretary of State Michael Gove about convergence allocations.

  111. An appetite for education

    First Minister announces food education programme.

  112. Farming and food production

    New working group formed.

  113. Scotland supports its farmers

    Poll says nearly 90% of Scots think farming is vital to economic growth.

  114. Agriculture Facts and Figures

    A National Statistics Publication for Scotland.

  115. Scottish Greenhouse Gas Emissions 2017

    An Official Statistics Publication for Scotland.

  116. Protecting Scotland’s seas

    A world first for conservation of marine life. 

  117. Bee disease confirmed in West Lothian

    European Foulbrood (EFB) detected in West Lothian colony.

  118. Farmers to benefit from more land

    New entrants to farming industry get help from Scottish Government scheme.

  119. Farming for a better climate

    Driving forward low carbon farming.

  120. Support for remote rural areas

    Less favoured area payments underway.

  121. Scottish Suckler Beef Support Scheme

    Payments underway ahead of schedule.

  122. Scottish Farm Business Income at six year high

    A National Statistics Publication for Scotland.

  123. Agri-tourism monitor farms

    Improving food and farm businesses.

  124. Weather helps farmers with winter planting

    A National Statistics Publication for Scotland.

  125. Scottish agricultural survey: December 2018

    Annual agricultural survey results based on data from larger agricultural holdings together with estimates for smaller farms.

  126. Farming and climate change

    Young farmers leading the way.

  127. Bringing rural policy into the mainstream

    Delivering rural commitments.

  128. Brexit farm compensation

    Farming at risk.

  129. Action against flooding

    £713,000 to increase community resilience

  130. Genetically Modified Organisms (Deliberate Release etc) (Miscellaneous Amendments) (Scotland) Regulations 2016: BRIA

    Business regulatory impact assessment (BRIA) for Genetically Modified Organisms (Deliberate Release etc) (Miscellaneous Amendments) (Scotland) Regulations 2016 (amending SSI 2002 No.541 and transposing EU Directive 2015/412).

  131. Chemicals and genetically modified organisms: notification to the Scottish Parliament

    Notification about deficiencies in legislation due to EU exit in the event of a 'no deal' scenario, and proposed amendments to ensure the law continues to operate.

  132. LEADER 2014-2020: process evaluation

    Initial process evaluation for LEADER 2014-2020 and assessment of its economic, social, cultural and environmental impact on rural communities.

  133. The Agricultural Holdings (Scotland) Act 1991 (Variation of Schedule 5) Order 2018: business and regulatory impact assessment

    Finalised Business and Regulatory Impact Assessment (BRIA) for the update of schedule 5 of the Agricultural Holdings (Scotland) Act 1991, which covers improvements for which a tenant may be compensated when a tenancy ends.

  134. Scottish Agricultural Census: June 2018

    Statistics regarding the area of crops and other farmland, livestock, agriculture workforce and rented farmland.

  135. Cereal and oilseed rape harvest - first estimates: 2018

    Initial estimates of area, yield and production for winter and spring barely, wheat, oats and oilseed rape, for the 2018 harvest.

  136. Pesticide Usage in Scotland: Outdoor Vegetable Crops 2017

    This publication presents information from a survey of pesticide use on outdoor vegetable crops grown in Scotland during 2017.

  137. Pesticide Usage in Scotland: Grassland and Fodder Crops 2017

    This publication presents information from a survey of pesticide use on grassland and fodder crops in Scotland during 2017.

  138. Pesticide Usage in Scotland: Rodenticides on Grassland & Fodder Farms 2017

    This report presents the results of a survey of rodenticide use on grassland and fodder farms in Scotland in 2017.

  139. New blueprint for Scotland's rural economy: recommendations to Scottish Ministers

    The National Council of Rural Advisers' report detailing their final recommendations to Scottish Ministers.

  140. Together we can, together we will: analysis of consultation responses

    This report details the analysis of the National Council of Rural Advisers' (NCRA) consultation.

  141. Small landholdings legislation: guide to the law in Scotland

    There are only a few Small Landholdings left in Scotland and these are governed by complex, historic legislation. This guide summarises key legal elements for those with an interest.

  142. Bank advances to Scottish agriculture 2018

    Results of the survey of bank advances to Scottish agriculture, together with other relevant data regarding loans to agriculture.

  143. Together we can, together we will: consultation

    Consultation by National Consultation of Rural Advisers (NCRA) to help inform recommendations for Scottish Government on future policy direction for the rural economy.

  144. Scottish agricultural survey: December 2017

    Annual agricultural survey based on data from larger agricultural holdings together with estimates for smaller farms.

  145. Scottish Agricultural Census: June 2017

    Statistics on farming in Scotland.

  146. Bank advances to Scottish agriculture: 2017 survey results

    Results of the survey of bank advances to Scottish agriculture, together with other relevant data regarding loans to agriculture.

  147. Small landholdings in Scotland: legislation review

    Review of the legislation governing small landholdings in Scotland and supporting consultation analysis.

  148. Scottish agricultural survey: December 2016

    Annual agricultural survey based on data from larger agricultural holdings together with estimates for smaller farms.

  149. Bank Advances to Scottish Agriculture 2016

    Annual update of the amount lent to the agriculture sector by the clearing banks and other financial institutions.

  150. Nitrate Vulnerable Zones: guidance for farmers

    Guidance booklets to help farmers to comply with the Action Programme for Nitrate Vulnerable Zones (Scotland) Regulations 2008.

  151. Nitrate Vulnerable Zones: maps

    Maps of the five Nitrate Vulnerable Zones (NVZs) in Scotland.

  152. Nitrate Vulnerable Zones: grassland derogation application form

    Form for applying for a grassland derogation under the Nitrate Vulnerable Zones Action Programme (Scotland) Regulations 2008.

  153. Nitrate Vulnerable Zones: Nmax calculator

    Tool for calculating Nmax limits for crop types and for assisting with recording compliance with other key elements of the Nitrates Vulnerable Zone Action Programme (Scotland) Regulations 2008.

  154. Pesticides: code of practice for using plant protection products in Scotland

    The code is aimed at all professional users of plant protection products (pesticides) in Scotland.

  155. Prevention of environmental pollution from agricultural activity: dos and don'ts guide

    A short version of the new prevention of environmental pollution from agricultural activity (PEPFAA) code of practice.

  156. Prevention of environmental pollution from agricultural activity: guidance

    Code of good practice, giving practical advice to farmers and others on minimising pollution.

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