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 success of the Scottish Economy. The research identified 7 key principles for future agricultural policy in Scotland that the public support:
- Ensuring high quality food production.
- Protecting animal welfare.
- Advancing environmental protection.
- Keeping the land healthy and productive.
- Supporting the rural economy and rural communities.
- Raising the profile of the agricultural sector.
- Financial assistance to the sector.
To read more on the key principles identified, and to download the full report visit the Scottish Government website here. The research was welcomed in advance of the 2019 Royal Highland Show, and to read the thoughts of Rural Economy Secretary Fergus Ewing MSP click here .