Farming For a Better Climate Newsletter - Winter 2021-22 (No. 23)
Politicians hearing first hand from Scottish farmers
On the run up to COP26, we wanted to make sure that our MSPs, MPs and local councillors were aware of some of the challenges faced by the agricultural sector, equipping the visitors with real examples about how farming is already rising to the challenge of climate change.
Working in partnership with QMS and NFU Scotland, we took over 500 decision makers out onto farms within their parliamentary regions to hear from local farmers about their activities, challenges and opportunities around low carbon farming.
This approach was especially welcomed by those decision makers in more urban constituencies, giving them a valuable insight into day to day farming activities.
Thanks are due both to the attendees, but importantly to the farmers who opened their doors and gave up their time to show folk around and answer questions. A huge thank you to John Brown at Gaindykehead, Lanarkshire, Kate and Ed Rowell at Hundleshope, Scottish Borders, Stephen and Sheena MacKenzie, Auchmore, Highland Region, Scott Shearlaw, High Garphar, Ayrshire, David and Nicola Barron, Nether Aden, Aberdeenshire, Steven Sandison, Millburn, Orkney, Willie Harper, Gryffe Wraes, Renfrewshire, Bill Gray, Presonhall, Lothians and Martin Kennedy, Lurgan Farm, Perthshire.
Due to the success of these events and interest from visitors about on-farm activities, we are hoping this is the start of some new relationships with further events and dialogue to follow. You can see more photos and comment on our and partners social media accounts using #farmingforthefuture.
Also in this edition...
- Soil Regenerative Agriculture Group updates
- Five principles of Regen Ag; new practical guides
- What have other farmers done?
- Adapting to a changing climate
- New network to share practical ideas
- What were the key outcomes from COP26?
- Scotland signs up to the 4 per 1000 initiative
- Carbon audit puts spotlight on business efficiency
- Farmers star in #26days26ways social media campaign
- COP26 brings Californian visitors
- Further information and contact details