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This report is an update on SAC's 2008 Retreat from the Hills report which highlighted significant declines in the sheep and cattle sector across much of Scotland.
This briefing discusses recent work to assess HNV farming systems in Scotland and to explore the use of different payment mechanisms to direct more funding to HNV farming systems in future.
Proposing a practical way forward to integrate farming and agri-environment payments post-2013 and to stimulate discussion across all stakeholders involved in the debate and delivery of CAP changes.
The key findings of a study which examined the rationale for supporting these so-called non-economic farming systems and compared the possible impacts of a change in payment mechanisms on these farms.
The study highlights a number of drivers of productivity which are particularly relevant for Scotland and discusses a number of areas which need to be explored further by both researchers and industry
This Briefing provides some reflections from SAC staff on the Conference and, more broadly, on the CAP reform debate and its implications for Scotland.
This Policy Briefing contains background information on the CAP, setting out the key reforms since 1957 and defining some of the key CAP terms.
This outlines the results of a recently completed six-month Defra research contract aimed at measuring technical efficiency by farm type within the UK and across a number of EU countries.
This briefing looks at some of the issues facing policymakers as they face the difficult challenge of how to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in agriculture.
This reports recent research that set out to quantify the distortion to competition that partial decoupling has on the affected sectors by comparing production, prices and farm revenues over time.
The primary purpose of farming is the production of food and non-food products for the market, but it is a diverse and complex industry that can have significant non-market effects.
SAC’s Rural Policy Centre suggests that agriculture is coping better with the present recession than many other sectors of the Scottish economy.
This review examines the literature on the economic, social and environmental contribution of primary land-based businesses.
This report for the Scottish Government looks at the impact on Scottish agriculture of increasing feed, fuel and fertiliser costs.
As the impact of agriculture on climate change is increasingly recognised, carbon footprinting has risen up the agenda.
The results from the European Commission and Scottish Government co-financed project, FOODCOMM, which examined the key factors influencing economic relationships and communication in agri-food chains.
Food security worries are forcing fresh appraisals of environmental policies and the degree to which we can accommodate the complex social and political demands whilst still producing affordable food.
SAC recently carried out research for Defra examining the rationale for investment in, and cost-effectiveness of, genetics research.
Agriculture and Rural Development Factsheets produced with the support of Scottish Government, which is addressing the challenges set out in A Forward Strategy for Scottish Agriculture: The Next Steps
UK Budget 2009 – Key Points for Rural Scotland
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UK Budget 2008 – Key Points for Rural Scotland
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Care Farming: Promoting Mental and Physical Health Through Farming
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Farm Incomes in Scotland 2007-08
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Total Income From Farming in Scotland 2008
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The Impact of Increased Feed Costs on Scottish Agriculture
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The Impact of Increased Fuel Costs on Scottish Agriculture
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The Impact of Increased Fertiliser Costs on Scottish Agriculture
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A Comparison of the Scottish, Danish, Irish and New Zealand Agricultural Industries
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Farm Diversification (2008)
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Willow Short Rotation Coppice (2008)
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This report represents a discussion document aimed at understanding some of the issues related to sustainable intensification and how this can be measured within the Scottish context.
The status of innovation in four selected agrifood sectors in Scotland, namely Low Carbon Farming, Genetic Selection and Improvement, Animal Health and Welfare and Food and Drink.
This Research Briefing reports the results of recent analysis of the Scottish beef sector with the aim of deriving an index of sustainable intensification
This policy briefing focuses on innovation in the land-based sector. For the key findings download the pdf below.
This Policy Briefing summarises discussions at the November 2012 conference on the future of the SRDP. It includes the key points raised by each of the speakers and in the discussion time.
This is a research briefing exploring the barriers to the uptake of Estimated Breeding Values (EBVs) for genetic selection and improvement in the Scottish sheep sector
This briefing describes barriers to the uptake of animal health planning in Scotland and suggests some potential solutions.
This document describes recent and ongoing activities undertaken by SRUC staff at Scottish, UK and EU levels to inform the development of the CAP.
This briefing outlines the key points of the political agreement on the CAP, reached in late June 2013. Implications for Scotland are noted where appropriate.
This briefing reports the results of work undertaken to assess the long- and short-term viability of Scottish farms.
This briefing summarises the results of research work which has explored the impact of adopting greening measures on the profits of Scottish beef and sheep farms.
This research briefing summarises the findings of a workshop held at SRUC in October 2013 to discuss the uptake of Nitrogen Use Efficiency (NUE) techniques by Scottish farmers
This Policy Briefing highlights some of the issues and concerns regarding young entrants to farming.
This research briefing outlines how breeding combined with feed regime management can aid greenhouse gas mitigation.
All the meeting materials are available to download below and is posted as soon as possible after each Cross Party Group meeting.
3rd December Agenda
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3rd December Approved Minutes
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More Jobs and Sustainable Growth in a Rural Economy: What’s the Difference?
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The North East of Scotland: Same or Different?
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Audio recording of Employment, employability and Skills: Presentation
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Audio recording of Employment, employability and Skills: Discussion
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2015: Employment, employability and skills in Rural Scotland: Is provision fit-for-purpose?
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This Research Briefing highlights some findings from a Defra funded project on current trend in British dairy farming regimes.
This is a Research Briefing on impacts of the Common Agricultural Policy post 2015 reforms on Scottish farming.
The Research two briefings below evaluated the 2007-2013 SRDP Rural Priorities scheme and using spatial modelling tools for evaluating the uptake of, and expenditure within, the SRDP.
This policy briefing discusses how farmers can get be most of out of using electronic identification tags.
All of the meeting materials are available to download below.
This Research Briefing summarises the findings from a survey of farmers to investigate the potential barriers to uptake of Electronic Identification (EID) for sheep management
This research briefing examines the long term underlying structural inequalities within the agricultural sector and how the distribution of incomes in the future may lead to greater farm resilience
This research briefing looks at how stage models can be used to identify barriers to change within a farm context.
This presentation summarises some of the key findings of a report that was commissioned to review the economic, social and environmental contributions of landowners in the Cairngorms National Park.
This is a series of four research briefings which examine the impact of the post 2015 CAP reforms on the livestock sector, assessing responses from Scottish beef, sheep and dairy farmers.
This research briefing summarises a study which examined farmer perceptions of different types of risk and their likelihood of taking those risks. It focuses on health & safety results of the study.
This research briefing summarises a study which explored the role of knowledge exchange in farmers’ adoption of small scale, low cost and new technologies and management systems.
This research briefing summarises a study which found that increasing the use of insect meal in salmon feed could reduce demand for fishmeal and add value to low grade bio-waste streams.
Biosecurity practices and pig health status on a substantial number of small holdings are largely unknown. This survey was designed and implemented to gather some of this missing information.
The Welfare Quality® protocol for assessing on-farm animal welfare is impractical to apply due to the time required. However, most of the individual welfare measures are valid and practical to apply.