A big call

Published Wednesday, 1st August 2018 in Research news

A big call
The survey is aimed at understanding Scottish farmers’ need to help inform policy and advice

A large-scale telephone survey of thousands of Scottish farmers has been announced.

The survey will help researchers to understand agricultural land managers’ responses to ongoing changes in the industry, including Brexit, diversification and future planned land use.

Administered by Scotland’s Rural College (SRUC) and the James Hutton Institute, the Scottish Government-funded “Farmer Intentions” survey is aimed at understanding Scottish farmers’ need to help inform policy and advice.

Professor Andrew Barnes, Head of SRUC’s Land Economy, Environment and Society Research Group, said: “In this period of policy uncertainty within such a dynamic industry it is important to understand farmers’ main concerns and they plan to use their land in the future.  This survey will help inform vital research for socio-economists to determine the role of policies and market forces on farmer decisions for future sustainability of the Scottish agricultural sector.”

To find out more about the research, email Andrew.barnes@sruc.ac.uk or steven.thomson@sruc.ac.uk

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