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Nearly 40 per cent of Scotland’s farmers are “risk-averse”, according to a survey on how Brexit might affect business planning.

Large proportion of Scots farmers are ‘risk-averse’

Published: Thursday, 15th October 2020

Nearly 40 per cent of Scotland’s farmers are “risk-averse”, according to a survey on how Brexit might affect business planning.

Wheat is one of six crops to have its microbiome held and curated as part of the UK Crop Microbiome Cryobank

When the chips are down

Published: Friday, 9th October 2020

An SRUC scientist is part of a new Cryobank project which will safeguard future research and facilitate the sustainable yield improvement of six major UK food crops - barley, oats, oil seed rape, pota

Insects have a vital role to play in controlling pests that damage crops on farms

How ‘natural enemies’ can be farmers’ friends

Published: Friday, 2nd October 2020

With evidence mounting that insect populations are declining, farmers are being encouraged to act now to save these vitally important species.

Leia kennedy aquaponics garden with converge impact challenge trophy 1

Double win for Aquaponics company

Published: Monday, 28th September 2020

A business supported by SRUC has scooped a double win in the Converge 2020 Awards – Scotland’s annual celebration of academic innovation and entrepreneurship.

A webinar will discuss whether Scotland can build a green recovery in the wake of the Coronavirus pandemic

Stepping towards a green recovery

Published: Monday, 28th September 2020

Leading a struggling economy into a green recovery offers more challenges than it did pre-Covid-19, a leading environmental scientist will warn this week.

Farmers will be given tips on how to get the best from staff in a new series of webinars.

Lessons in farm management

Published: Thursday, 24th September 2020

Farmers will be given tips on how to get the best from staff in a new series of webinars.

Winning students Ella Jordan and Jordana Hall with teacher Neil Miller, Police Constable Chloe Ellis, Gemma Waugh of SRUC and Tracey McEwan from Tarff Valley Ltd

Sheep worrying video wins £500

Published: Tuesday, 22nd September 2020

SRUC lecturer Gemma Waugh returned to her former school to present a prize to students for their promotional video to increase awareness of sheep worrying.

Farmers and vets are being asked to take part in a survey which aims to establish the amount of antibiotics used in the Scottish sheep industry.

New antibiotics usage survey seeks sheep farmers’ views

Published: Tuesday, 22nd September 2020

Farmers and vets are being asked to take part in a survey which aims to establish the amount of antibiotics used in the Scottish sheep industry.

Research into sea lice management measures used on Scottish salmon farms has found the use of in-feed and skirts to prevent the parasites entering pens are the most cost-effective.

Skirts and sea lice

Published: Friday, 18th September 2020

Research into sea lice management measures used on Scottish salmon farms has found the use of in-feed and skirts to prevent the parasites entering pens are the most cost-effective.

The service sectors are returning at a slower pace after the Covid-19 lockdown

Prospects for recovering economy far from rosy

Published: Thursday, 17th September 2020

Economists at Scotland’s Rural College (SRUC) have called for targeted support for those sectors most in peril following the end of the job retention and self-employment support schemes.

SRUC has launched a new webinar series focusing on delivering a sustainable natural economy

Making the natural choice

Published: Wednesday, 16th September 2020

A new webinar series looking at the ‘wicked challenges’ facing the planet has been launched by Scotland’s Rural College (SRUC).

Mike Coffey receives his award from Princess Anne

SRUC researcher scoops royal accolade

Published: Tuesday, 15th September 2020

An SRUC researcher instrumental in driving forward the genetic development of UK dairy cattle has been awarded the prestigious Princess Royal Award.

It is not always easy to integrate the working environment of farming and forestry with recreational use.

Signposting the way to responsible countryside behaviour

Published: Monday, 14th September 2020

With the influx of visitors to rural Scotland during the coronavirus pandemic, land managers are in a prime position to promote responsible behaviour in the countryside.

A team of scientists has completed one of the largest genetic analysis ever done of any agricultural crop to find desirable traits in wheat’s extensive and unexplored diversity.

Large-scale study reveals wheat diversity for crop improvement

Published: Friday, 11th September 2020

A team of scientists has completed one of the largest genetic analyses ever done of any agricultural crop to find desirable traits in wheat’s extensive and unexplored diversity.

SRUC's eight Challenge Change Fellows

Rising to the challenge

Published: Monday, 31st August 2020

Scotland’s Rural College (SRUC) has appointed eight new academic fellows to lead the organisation on some of the biggest challenges and opportunities of the 21st Century.

New funding will help create a more efficient and resilient dairy industry

Project gets funding to develop digital dairy

Published: Tuesday, 11th August 2020

A digital dairy project led by Scotland’s Rural College (SRUC) has been awarded £50,000 in seed-corn funding by UK Research and Innovation.

MP for North East Fife Wendy Chamberlain on a visit to Elmwood's gamekeeping department

SRUC offers ‘gateway of opportunity’ for prospective gamekeepers

Published: Monday, 10th August 2020

SRUC is providing a unique opportunity to enter the gamekeeping profession, according to the MP for North East Fife.

International initiatives leading to the repopulation of islands and remote rural communities could be replicated across Scotland – with adequate financial and community backing.

Integrated approach to repopulating remote areas

Published: Friday, 7th August 2020

International initiatives leading to the repopulation of islands and remote rural communities could be replicated across Scotland – with adequate financial and community backing.

The quest to tackle obesity in the UK by banning ‘buy one get one free’ (BOGOF) promotions will have a modest impact on the consumption of junk food, according to a senior economist.

No silver bullet in the fight against obesity

Published: Wednesday, 5th August 2020

The quest to tackle obesity in the UK by banning ‘buy one get one free’ (BOGOF) promotions will have a modest impact on the consumption of junk food, according to a senior economist.

SRUC research hits Netflix

SRUC research hits Netflix

Published: Wednesday, 5th August 2020

An animal behaviourist at SRUC features in a new Netflix series showcasing research using facial recognition technology to detect different emotional states in pigs.

New ‘lifeline’ for show garden

New ‘lifeline’ for show garden

Published: Monday, 3rd August 2020

Garden Design students at Scotland’s Rural College (SRUC) have breathed new life into their show garden which was originally designed for Gardening Scotland.

New degrees at Scotland’s Rural College will focus on the sustainable natural economy

New degrees to support economic recovery

Published: Tuesday, 21st July 2020

New courses which will equip students to support the country’s economic recovery after the coronavirus pandemic are being offered at Scotland’s Rural College (SRUC) from September.

Anstruther in Fife is one of the communities in Scotland which has received LEADER funding

Scotland should take the lead from EU initiative

Published: Friday, 17th July 2020

A review of a European Union rural development programme in Scotland has recommended the continuation of a ‘refreshed’ approach post-Brexit.

New fellowship will help expand woodland in Loch Lomond & The Trossachs National Park

New fellowship to grow woodland

Published: Thursday, 16th July 2020

The opportunities for woodland creation within one of Scotland’s two national parks will be explored as part of a new fellowship.

Collaboration is key to adoption of agri-tech

Collaboration is key to adoption of agri-tech

Published: Thursday, 16th July 2020

Cross-industry collaboration is essential to the adoption of precision technology in agriculture according to Consultant Zach Reilly.

Webinars explore building a farm brand

From tractors to TikTok

Published: Tuesday, 14th July 2020

Two fun and fast-paced webinars will explore the importance of building a brand for your farm and guide you through the steps to achieve this.

Vet nursing student Rachel Liddell has been helping people as well as animals during Covid-19

Vet nurse extends caring hand to people

Published: Monday, 13th July 2020

An Ayrshire veterinary nursing student has extended her caring skills to people during the coronavirus pandemic.

A study is looking at the causes of pasture-associated laminitis in native-breed ponies

Pony owners needed to rein in laminitis

Published: Friday, 10th July 2020

Horse and pony owners in the north east of Scotland could help provide answers to the causes of the painful condition, pasture-associated laminitis (PAL).

Katie Insch with her children Angus, Ada, Lachlan and Brodie

Graduating against the odds

Published: Monday, 6th July 2020

Students at SRUC will take part in an online celebration today after their graduation ceremony was cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Vet support

Practices needed to support vet nurse training

Published: Friday, 26th June 2020

Scotland’s Rural College (SRUC) is set to become a centre of excellence for the training veterinary nurses in the north east with the introduction of new courses.

Respecting rural diversity

Respecting rural diversity

Published: Wednesday, 24th June 2020

Scotland’s Rural College (SRUC) has cemented its commitment to diversity by signing the Agrespect pledge.

Seabuckthorn

Taking an alternative approach to crops

Published: Tuesday, 23rd June 2020

Experts are investigating ways to create new foods and related products from alternative crops to maximise the use of locally produced food and drink.

Fruit and vegetables

‘Five a day’ at risk under no-deal Brexit

Published: Monday, 22nd June 2020

The UK faces a shortage of fruit and vegetables under a no-deal Brexit scenario unless new markets are found soon, experts at Scotland’s Rural College (SRUC) have warned.

Virtual meeting offers online tours of innovative Canola plots

Virtual meeting offers online tours of innovative Canola plots

Published: Wednesday, 17th June 2020

An online meeting will give an update of an innovative project exploring the possibility of growing organic oilseed rape (Canola) in Scotland.

Plant sale raises cash for charity

Plant sale raises cash for charity

Published: Wednesday, 17th June 2020

Horticultural staff at Scotland’s Rural College have raised £1,250 for Fife charities from the sale of plants grown on the Elmwood campus.

chicks

‘Listening’ to chicks could improve welfare

Published: Friday, 12th June 2020

‘Listening’ to baby chicks’ calls could help identify welfare problems at an early stage, according to new research involving SRUC.

Satellite images provide key to virtual farm tour

Satellite images provide key to virtual farm tour

Published: Tuesday, 9th June 2020

Scotland’s Rural College (SRUC) is using satellite imagery to offer virtual tours of its upland research farms in Perthshire.

SRUC joins global network

SRUC joins global network

Published: Tuesday, 26th May 2020

Scotland’s Rural College (SRUC) has joined a network of universities across the world committed to sustainable, global development.

Committee Chair Pete Wishart (second from right) with David Hopkins, Dean of SRUC’s Central Faculty, Joanne Conington, Head of the Department of Agriculture, Horticulture and Engineering Sciences, and Academic Director Jamie Newbold

Post-Brexit launch is hosted at Oatridge

Published: Wednesday, 31st July 2019

The Chair of the House of Commons Scottish Affairs Committee said he “couldn’t have picked a better venue” when launching the future of Scottish agriculture post-Brexit report at Oatridge.

Bill Dingwall as young man next to photo of Bill in present day.

Star students say goodbye to a popular Bill

Published: Monday, 29th October 2018

A large group of distinguished graduates – including world champions, Olympians and company directors – have paid tribute to a popular lecturer who has retired after 36 years at SRUC.

Portrait photo of Caroline Bysh

Caroline relishing new director role

Published: Monday, 16th July 2018

The newly appointed Director of Marketing, Digital and Communications at Scotland’s Rural College is relishing the challenge of giving SRUC “a distinctive and powerful voice”.

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