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News Release:  Scottish Crofting Federation welcomes Commission Convener

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Chair of the SCF, Russell Smith, said, “We are very pleased that a Convener has now been appointed and that it is Rod Mackenzie, a well-kent and respected person. It was very heartening that a good proportion of the Commissioners stood up to be counted for the position of leader, and whilst all were very worthy the appointment made by the Cabinet Secretary is a wise one.

“There is much to be done in the role and in taking the Commission forward”, Mr Smith added, “and we look forward to working with Mr Mackenzie and his colleagues for the good of crofting, an aim that I know we all share”.

Funded places on the Scottish Enterprise Rural Leadership Programme

Thursday, June 15, 2017

Newly available in the Highlands and Islands area is the hugely popular Scottish Enterprise Rural Leadership Programme. Applicants are being sought for the 2017-18 programme, which will run from October 2017 to March 2018. Highland and Islands Enterprise are funding 15 participants this year. Successful applicants will be part of a group of 60 participants from all across Scotland; this is an extraordinary networking opportunity.

Information evening Monday 26th June at Glenmhor Hotel 7-17 Ness Bank, Inverness. These evenings are non-committal where potential applicants can find out more about the Programme and hear from past participants about their experience of the Leadership journey.

If you are interested in attending get in touch with Aileen Carr, SAC Consulting on 01307 464033, or e-mail .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) in advance to confirm attendance. You can download more information about the programme here

Crofting Federation quizzes party leaders on agricultural policy intentions

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

The Scottish Crofting Federation (SCF) has written to all the main party leaders asking them to outline their intentions for agriculture and rural development policy in the lead-up to the general election.

The chair of the SCF, Russell Smith, said, “What happens to agriculture and rural development post-Brexit depends very much on the outcome of the national elections and the intentions of the parties that will hold power, both in the UK and in Scotland. There are fundamental issues to think about, such as the devolution of decision-making and the size of budget, and how that budget will be allocated. A major concern is with trade agreements and what Scotland’s relationship with the European Union will be.” You can read more and see the list of questions asked of party leaders here

Tick-borne Illness Campaign Scotland

Monday, May 22, 2017

The Tick-borne Illness Campaign Scotland is focused on achieving better treatment for patients in Scotland with Lyme Disease and related co-infections. A petition has been submitted to the Scottish Parliament and background analysis material and patient stories have been prepared to support the case. Please consider signing the petition. More information and a link to the petition can be found here


Monday, May 22, 2017

This year’s conference, Chaired by Sir Crispin Agnew of Lochnaw, Bt. QC, will look at the Scottish Government’s proposals for Crofting Law Reform, where things are at and what happens next. See Events for more information

Find out more about the Croft Woodlands Project

Friday, May 19, 2017

Trees for the Crofting Community download here​

Nourish Scotland - Making a Living from Local Food programme 2017

Tuesday, May 09, 2017

Are you passionate about tasty, nutritious, locally and sustainably produced food? Are you in the process of setting up a local food enterprise or have just started one?

For the second year running, Nourish Scotland’s Making a Living from Local Food programme is offering mentoring and peer-to-peer-support to 15-20 aspiring and recently established local food entrepreneurs from across Scotland. The programme runs for 7 months from June to December 2017. The application deadline is Wednesday 31st May.

Details and an application form are on Nourish Scotland’s website:


Friday, May 05, 2017

Letter to stakeholders from Mr Fergus Ewing MSP, Cabinet Secretary for the Rural Economy and Connectivity and Ms Roseanna Cunningham MSP, Cabinet Secretary for the Environment, Climate Change and Land Reform.

We have written to many of you previously about the ongoing efforts of the Scottish Government to protect Scotland’s interests in Europe during the UK’s negotiations to leave the European Union.

Events have been moving very quickly and we wanted to write to you to provide an update of our recent work to protect these interests.Read more here…..

Crofters have been cheated

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

The Scottish Crofting Federation (SCF) has expressed deep disappointment at the Scottish Government decision to not introduce the planned Areas of Natural Constraint support scheme, instead opting to reduce support payments to the fragile areas.

“The government have reneged on their promise,” said Russell Smith, chair of the SCF, “which was made in the lead up to this phase of the Common Agriculture Policy. For years government and stakeholders have been working on the Areas of Natural Constraint (ANC) support scheme, which was to replace the Less Favoured Areas Support Scheme (LFASS).” Read more here

News Release: Crofting Federation sees hope, despite an uncertain future

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

The Scottish Crofting Federation (SCF) says crofting has a future despite the uncertainties of the coming years, but warns that crofters will need to stand together to ensure that future.

“Following an extremely thought-provoking SCF annual gathering in Applecross, on the place of crofting in Europe,” said Russell Smith, chair of the SCF, “and given the result of the Crofting Commission elections, it is clear that crofting has a future – but it is something we will have to fight for”. Read more here

Annual Gathering 2017 - presentations are available now

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

The speakers’ presentations from Friday’s session at the Annual Gathering in Applecross are now available to view or download on SCF Events page

Programme of SCF Annual Gathering “Crofting’s Place in Europe”

Friday, March 03, 2017

​Hartfield House Applecross Friday 10th - 11th March. See the full programme of events and speakers here

(programme subject to change)

Commission Election 2017 - What have the candidates got to say?

Wednesday, March 01, 2017

We asked all the candidates why you should vote for them (150 words)

See what they have to say here…..

SCF welcomes pledge of action plan for Commission governance

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

SCF has welcomed the pledge by Scottish Government to put in place an action plan to address the failures highlighted by the governance review of the Crofting Commission.

“The governance review of the Crofting Commission, instigated by Scottish Government at our request, has exposed many weaknesses in basic operating procedures and in how the organisation copes with extraordinary individual behaviours”, said Russell Smith, Chair of the SCF. “The review has made it clear that a robust Commissioner appraisal process is required, to help identify and deliver ongoing training and skills development. We are particularly keen to see a rationalisation of the roles of Commissioners, establishing when they should be delegating to the executive staff or referring to other bodies that have the required expertise. Commissioners should have a strategic and advisory capacity only. It is clear that they got too involved with executive procedures that they did not have the competence or remit for. Read more here ....

Crofters gather to discuss implications of Brexit

Tuesday, February 07, 2017

The Scottish Crofting Federation (SCF) will hold its 2017 Annual Gathering, with the theme ‘Crofting’s Place in Europe’, on 10th and 11th March in Applecross, Wester Ross. The event aims to set a crofting agenda for the upcoming Brexit negotiations and a post-Brexit agricultural policy that is fit for crofting.

“The importance of the topic is reflected in the attendance of two members of the Scottish Government Cabinet,” said Russell Smith, chair of the SCF. “On Friday the Cabinet Secretary responsible for crofting, Mr Fergus Ewing MSP, will officially open the gathering with an address placing crofting in the context of Scotland’s rural development. On Saturday Dr Michael Russell MSP, Minister for UK Negotiations on Scotland’s Place in Europe, will open the day and the session on generating priorities for the Brexit agenda. Read more here….