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

UK set to Leave EU by end of January – What is coming in 2020? – Agribusiness News January 2020

The UK parliament is set to approve the EU Withdrawal agreement and exit the EU by, or on 31st January 2020. During the 11 month withdrawal period the UK and EU are expected to negotiate a comprehensive trade deal.  Failure to agree a new deal will result in a No-deal in just over one year’s…

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Seasonal Workers in Scottish Agriculture: an update – briefing.

A new briefing has been published by SRUC’s Steven Thomson and Rob Mc Morran, which provides an update on their 2018 report “Farm Workers in Scottish Agriculture: Studies in the International Seasonal Migrant Labour Market”.  The new briefing revisits some participants of the research to see how changes since then have affected their business. More…

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Traditional ag terraces maintained by small-scale mixed farming in Portugal

Back to the Future: rethinking socioecological systems underlying high nature value farmlands – journal article

The importance of ensuring “High Nature Value” farmlands across the globe has been highlighted in a new paper published by a consortium of European Scientists – including SRUC’s Professor Davy McCracken. The research looked at a range of future scenarios for HNV farmlands, and the related management of options and expected socioecological outcomes for each….

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Sheep and Lamb Processing – An Assessment

The Scottish sheep industry needs to process more animals at home and develop markets outside of the European Union in order to meet future challenges, new research has found. The research was commissioned by the Scottish Government, and was carried out by, Kev Bevan, Steven Thomson and Dr Cesar Revoredo-Giha from SRUC, and Dr Andrew…

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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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