Welcome to SRUC’s Rural Brexit Hub!

Here you will find information on Brexit-related activities being undertaken across SRUC, including work by our researchers and SAC Consulting staff. Read more about the hub here

Innovation in Upland Livestock Systems – SRUC’s Hill & Mountain Research Centre

SRUC’s Hill & Mountain Research Centre, with its team of systems-scale researchers, is based at Kirkton and Auchtertyre Farms, a 2200 ha Highland estate near Crianlarich in the west Highlands of Scotland. The site is set within the Loch Lomond and Trossachs National Park and ranges from high quality and productive grazing to high altitude…

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Changing Trade Regimes and the Future of Agriculture and Rural Communities – Session at the 2019 European Society for Rural Sociology Congress, Trondheim, Norway, 25th-28th June

The Rural Policy Centre’s Jane Atterton participated in a session on “Changing Trade Regimes: Opportunities and Challenges for Agriculture and Rural Communities” at the recent 2019 European Society for Rural Sociology Congress in Trondheim, Norway. The session was organised by Carmen Hubbard and Adrienne Attorp at the Centre for Rural Economy (CRE) at Newcastle University….

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Scotland’s Approach to rewarding public benefits from farming – Presentation.

In May 2019, Professor Davy McCracken was invited to speak at the Ethical Farming Conference held at Rainton Farm in south-west Scotland. Ethically produced food is an important emerging market and consumers want our industry to find solutions. The Ethical Farming conference is seen as an opportunity to bring ethical and sustainable innovators together, both…

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Crofts and small farms

Scotland Supports its farmers – Citizens’ Forums, and Attitudes to Agriculture, Environment and Rural Priorities – Report

The Scottish Government recently published the results of an independent study into Scottish public attitudes to the environment, agriculture and rural development. The research suggests that public support  for farming is growing, with 83% of Scots believing that farming provides essential public service, and a further 86% believing that the industry is critical to the…

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Challenges and Opportunities for Remote and Fragile Areas: Setting the Scene

In May 2019, Professor Davy McCracken  was invited to speak at the Scottish Land & Estates Conference in Edinburgh. The theme of the conference was on “Maximising the Margins” and explored land use in our more challenging and fragile areas. In particular, presentations and discussions looked in depth at how rural business can rise to…

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Future Proof your Business through Diversification – Report

This farm diversification guide was written by SAC Consulting Food and Drink who specialise in farm business diversification. This guide was funded by the Scottish Government, as there is a need for farmers and rural businesses to consider alternative income streams amongst Brexit uncertainty. The Full report can be viewed here.

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Brexit and Land Ownership and Reform – Video

Dr Rob McMorran discusses land ownership in Scotland and the potential for community land ownership and other land ownership reforms. Land ownership is critical to how land is managed and used, and Rob highlights some of the consequences for land use through differing funding incentives, and implications of changes in such. The full video can…

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Brexit, CAP and High Nature Value Farming – Video

Professor Davy McCracken talks us through the CAP, high nature value farming and the potential opportunity for a revision of agricultural policy. Davy goes on to discuss ‘public goods’ in Scotland, the farming systems currently operating, and implications of future trade deals for Scottish farming. The full video can be view here.

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Brexit: How Might UK Agriculture Thrive or Survive? – CRE Report

A Report by colleagues at the Centre for Rural Economy at Newcastle University was published this week on how UK agriculture will be impacted by Brexit. The report assesses the economic impacts of a selected number of UK trade and domestic agricultural policy scenarios following Brexit, by integrating state of the art economic modelling approaches…

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Welcome to SRUC’s Rural Brexit Hub!

Here you will find information on Brexit-related activities being undertaken across SRUC, including work by our researchers and SAC Consulting staff. Please follow the links to find out information about some of our recent projects and our forthcoming events. We also have a blog, which will be discussing the potential implications of Brexit for a…

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