Agriculture and Rural Development Stakeholder Group: terms of reference

Terms of reference for the Agriculture and Rural Development Stakeholder Group.


There have been significant changes and pressures within the agriculture sector and it is important to ensure the group membership and remit accurately reflects the breadth of interest of rural partners. This will ensure the Scottish Government is best placed to engage with our diverse rural partners as we approach a period of change through the CAP Replacement Process, Climate Change Plan Update, and Just Transition.


Gather and disseminate information on agriculture and rural development issues from government and representative organisations.

Facilitate on-going information sharing and discussion between government and stakeholders.

Provide a forum for engagement and consultation with rural partners.


The existing membership will be expanded with further organisations invited by Scottish Government officials to ensure policy areas are represented. It will be kept under on-going review [Annex A].

Proposed meeting protocol

  • the group will meet a minimum of twice a year
  • it will be chaired by a Scottish Government official
  • discussions will take place under Chatham House rules
  • a meeting note will be published on the Scottish Government website
  • membership is voluntary and members will not receive any remuneration

Proposed meeting schedule (2022)

Thursday 8 September 2022, 10:00 to 12:00

  • rationale and remit
  • update on future policy landscape
  • overview of Scottish Agriculture Bill consultation

Wednesday 9 November

  • proposed in person Scottish Agriculture Bill consultation workshop

Proposed meeting schedule (2023)

  • TBC first half 2023
  • update post-Scottish Agriculture Bill consultation
  • TBC second half 2023
  • update aligned to introduction of Scottish Agriculture Bill to Parliament
  • Climate Change Plan update

Annex A

ARD Stakeholder Group Membership

  • Agricultural Industries Confederation (AIC)
  • Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board (AHDB)
  • Central Association of Agricultural Valuers (CAAV)
  • Committee of Chartered Bankers
  • Confederation of Forest Industries (CONFOR)
  • Convention of Scottish Local Authorities (COSLA)
  • Dairy UK
  • Deer Vet
  • Game & Wildlife Conservation Trust (GWCT)
  • Highlands and Islands Agricultural Support Group (HIASG)
  • Highland and Islands Enterprise (HIE)
  • Historic Environment Scotland (HES)
  • Institute of Auctioneers and Appraisers in Scotland (IAAS)
  • James Hutton Institute (JHI)
  • Linking Environment And Farming (LEAF)
  • National Sheep Association (NSA)
  • National Trust for Scotland (NTS)
  • NatureScot
  • National Farmers Union Scotland (NFUS)
  • Nourish Scotland
  • Quality Meat Scotland (QMS)
  • Royal Highland and Agricultural Society of Scotland (RHASS)
  • Royal Highland Education Trust (RHET)
  • Royal Society Protection of Birds (RSPB)
  • Science and Advice for Scottish Agriculture (SASA)
  • Scotland's Rural College (SRUC)
  • Scottish Association of Meat Wholesalers (SAMW)
  • Scottish Agricultural Organisation Society (SAOS)
  • Scottish Association of Young Farmers Clubs (SAYFC)
  • Scottish Beef Association (SBA)
  • Scottish Crofting Federation (SCF)
  • Scottish Enterprise
  • Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA)
  • Scottish Environment Link (SE Link)
  • Scottish Forestry
  • Scottish Land and Estates (SLE)
  • Scottish Organic Producers Association (SOPA)
  • Scottish Pig Producers
  • Scottish Tenant Farming Association (STFA)
  • Shetland Charitable Trust
  • Soil Association Scotland
  • South of Scotland Enterprise (SOSE)
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