SRUC-SEPA Conference

Scotland's Premier Agriculture and Environment Conference 2016

What Future for our Farming Systems?: Environmental Challenges and Integrated Solutions

The 11th Agriculture and Environment Conference (organised by SRUC, SEPA, Centre for Ecology and Hydrology, Forest Research, James Hutton Institute and Scottish Natural Heritage) took place in Edinburgh on 1st and 2nd March 2016.

Learn more about the background to the Conference

This conference sought to encourage debate on the benefits to be gained from more sustainable resource use and greater integration of different land uses on lowland and upland farming systems. It highlighted the complexities associated with achieving such an integration in practice and included case studies of good practice within farming, agro-forestry and agro-ecology systems. It provided an opportunity to discuss how researchers, land managers and policy makers can help develop and support multi-functional agriculture and wider ecosystem services within a healthy and thriving rural economy.

The conference was opened by Sarah Boyack MSP – her Opening Address is available here.

The main programme featured a total of twenty-five presentations across four major themes – biographies of the speakers, together with abstracts and pdfs of their presentations, are available by clicking on each of the four themes below:

Theme 1

SRUC SEPA Wetlands

How can landscape scale improvements in water quality and soil health be achieved in practice?

Theme 2

SRUC SEPA Upland

What scope is there for integrating woodland, wetland and biodiversity management effectively into upland farming systems? 

Theme 3

SRUC SEPA Arable Landscape

Does sustainable intensification have a role to play in our future farming systems?

Theme 4

SRUC-SEPA Peters Brae

How does policy landscape need  to change to help a move to more sustainable farming systems involving greater integration of other land uses?

An overview of tweets from the #ScotAgEnv conference is available via Storify

An overview of the conference is available via SRUC News

Two articles were published in national newspapers in advance of the conference – see The Scotsman and Scotland on Sunday

Three articles were published in national newspapers highlighting presentations made at the conference – see The Scotsman and the Farmers Guardian

BBC Alba recorded a piece on the conference which was broadcast on Radio Scotland Highlands & Islands and in the An La news programme on BBC Alba TV. The BBC Radio Scotland Out of Doors programme also broadcast a piece on the conference on Saturday 5th March.

Karen McCracken

SRUC and SEPA Conference Organiser

Address: Scotland's Rural College (SRUC), J F Niven Building, Auchincruive, Ayr KA6 5HW

Telephone: 01292 525282

Fax: 01292 525333

E-mail: karen.mccracken@sac.co.uk