Farm Planning In Difficult Times: Energy, Economy, and Efficiency
Farming is at a difficult crossroad, in pursuit of low carbon farming solutions the industry has been encouraged to look at options to reduce inputs, at the same time, external factors are forcing radical change on how we farm, at a pace that few can manage effectively.
With ongoing international and political uncertainty, it is hard to get a grip on where things are going. How will I cover the rising costs of electricity? How will new policy impact me? Will I get fertiliser for next year? These are all valid questions that rightly have many in the industry concerned.
This December, Farming for a Better Climate is running a roadshow of meetings across Scotland to support farmers to make informed, sound business decisions for long term success that are complementary to reducing emissions and building real business resilience. These meetings will cover the three Es of farming in a challenging time, energy, economy and efficiency, with input from a range of specialist and local consultants and other interested parties.
So, if you’re concerned over the rising costs of electricity, if you’ve had offers about farm scale renewables that sounds too good to be true, our renewables specialist, John Farquhar is the man to speak to. If you don’t understand what impact Rishi Sunak’s premiership will have on your finances, Andrew Coalter can put you at ease and if you have questions over the availability of inorganic fertilisers and the alternative methods to provide valuable nutrients to your crops, a local advisor who understands your circumstances is on hand to help.
Integrating Trees Network
Trees and carbon credits on your farm, Tuesday 29th November, 7pm – 8pm
Join us to hear and discuss what the Woodland Carbon Code is, how it works, and what makes your trees eligible. Come along to hear from Pat Snowdon from Scottish Forestry who will cover the commonly asked questions: How many credits will I get for my trees? What are carbon credits worth? How do I sell carbon credits and who buys them? What is a project developer? As well as any other questions you have. Our Integrating Trees Network host farmers Andrew Adamson Netherurd Home Farm, West Linton and Andrew Barbour, Mains of Fincastle, Pitlochry will be there to share their thoughts on how they see it as part of their farming business, whether that’s an asset to hold onto, a commodity, or a marketing tool. Book your free place here. To help us answer as many questions as possible, please send your questions in advance to Lyn.White@forestry.gov.scot and Hilary.Grant@gov.scot. Find out about the Network, its hosts and useful info here.
Tea and Trees with Crofters: Tuesday 6th December, 6pm – 7pm
A chance to chat about planting trees on your croft - come and share your experiences and ask your questions. This discussion group will bring crofters together to chat about woodland creation projects along with specialists from Scottish Forestry and The Woodland Trust, Croft Woodland Project. This will be an informal networking event and a chance to make connections and chat with other crofters to share your experiences and knowledge. Join us with a cup of tea to discuss the objectives, challenges and potential for integrating trees on crofts. Book your free place here. Find out about the Network, its hosts and useful info here
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