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.
Climate change and population growth over the next thirty years are likely to increase the cost of farm inputs such as fuel, feed and fertilisers, along with demand for food from both home and overseas. This will happen against a backdrop of unpredictable weather.
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 our mailing list. It’s a quarterly update about what other farmers are doing and notice of relevant funding opportunities, farm meetings, new practical guides and farmer case studies (note your email address is just used for the mailing list and we don’t pass data to third parties; you can unsubscribe at any time). You will also get the FFBC newsletter twice a year.
- Follow us on Twitter @SACFarm4Climate.
- 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
- Going into winter; making best use of feed at Upper Nisbet on Wed 27th November; contact firstname.lastname@example.org for details
- 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
- Grassland improvement meeting with machinery demonstration at Dunvegan, Skye on 16th November
- Ednie Farm hosts Farmer Soil and Nutrient Network on 12th November; improve farm soils, make best use of nutrients, benefit the business. Contact email@example.com for details
- 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
- Grassland improvement meeting with machinery demonstration at Kyle of Lochalsh on 9th November 2013
- Volunteer Farmers Wanted for Next Farming for a Better Climate Programme.
- Better drainage and improving livestock efficiencies are just two topics covered in the June Newsletter.
- New Practical Guides include field drainage systems and establishing a grass clover sward
- Notes from the focus farm meetings: sheep management, field drainage and soil management have all been recent topics
- Farm drainage, bedding stock on recycled wood chip and grassland management. It's all in the latest FFBC Newsletter
- Improving and protecting soil quality has been a reoccuring theme at FFBC meetings; see practical guides on improving soil quality and soil structural issues.
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.