Farming For A Better Climate
Welcome to the Farming for a Better Climate website.
We all want to hand on the farm in a better condition than we received it. Farming for a Better Climate (FFBC) provides practical support to help reduce our impact on the climate. Taking action as a sector, both to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and to adapt to a changing climate, will secure farm viability for future generations.
FFBC is run by SRUC on behalf of the Scottish Government. We combine ideas trialed by our volunteer Climate Change Focus Farms and information from up-to-the-minute scientific research. Our agricultural consultants offer practical advice to help you choose the most relevant measures to improve both your farm performance and resilience to future climate change effects.
Land managers are becoming increasingly obliged to reduce their environmental impact, and the measurement and management of carbon emissions will soon be essential to all organisations. The reality is that we need to reduce emissions now, whilst also preparing the farm for the impacts of extreme local weather. FFBC can help your farm to thrive in a carbon-conscious future.
What Can You do Next?
- Take a look at the improving efficiency section for ideas about how you can save time or money on routine tasks and how this could help you hand on a more sustainable, and profitable farm.
- Sign up to the FFBC newsletter. It’s a twice yearly update about what other farmers are doing, useful farm meetings and events, new practical guides and farmer case studies showing what other farmers have done to improve their business efficiency.
- Follow us on Twitter @SACFarm4Climate.
- Thursday 6th March – Looking forward; ways to improve arable margins at Upper Nisbet, Nr Jedburgh. Contact Moira Gallagher on 01835 82 3322 or email email@example.com for details
- Tuesday 11th March – Improve sucker cow efficiency event at Oldmeldrum
- Wednesday 12th March – Save on soil and fertiliser management event near Brechin. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone 01307 464 033 for more information
- Wednesday 19th March – RHI and woodfuel event, Orkney. Contact email@example.com or telephone 01856 872698 for details
- NEW practical guide – Resource efficiency on the arable farm
- Findings from the focus farms, profiting from FYM and slurry, on farm renewables; its all in the 7th edition of the FFBC newsletter
- Thinking of installing a wind turbine? Read Neil Butlers case study from Stewart Tower Dairy.
- Following FFBC measures saved Torr Farm £37,000 and improved efficiencies; see the case study to see what measures they put in place
- Even technically efficient farms can reduce their carbon footprint; Glenkilrie easily reduced theirs by 10% and improved farm efficiency following FFBC measures
- See what Upper Nisbet are doing to reduce their carbon footprint; read the new case study
- Alleviating Soil Compaction and Cover Crops are just two topics covered in our practical guides section
- Arable farm achieved 10% reduction in diesel bill though simple measures to improve fuel use – see practical guides on Resource Use Efficiency on Arable Farms and Reducing Fuel Use
- Volunteer Farmers Wanted for Next Farming for a Better Climate Programme.
If you would like to comment on the pages, pass on details of a climate change event, highlight tips or hints for other farmers to share or even put yourself forward as a climate change farm case study, we would love to hear from you. You can email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Take a look at our briefing entitled "Mitigating emissions from livestock: Assessing the effectiveness of the Farming for a Better Climate Initiative".
June edition: Being precise at Upper Nisbet. Beef and Sheep production; improving efficiencies. Minimising losses at lambing. Plus lots more.
Farmer Case Studies
The real environmental issues affecting agriculture and demonstrate how different farming enterprises are addressing the effects of climate change from a personal perspective.
Our Focus Farms
We are working with four Climate Change Focus Farms to show what benefits you can gain by minimising harmful greenhouse gas emissions.
Improve Farm Efficiency
The Scottish Government has identified 5 Key Action Areas to help Scottish farmers reduce emissions, adapt to climate change and improve their businesses.