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COMING UP - CROFTERS’ QUESTION TIME & CROFTING SURGERY

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

CROFTERS QUESTION TIME (SRUC) - put your crofting questions to a panel of experts.

WHERE: Gairloch Village Hall

WHEN: Tuesday 22nd August 7pm

SCF CROFTING SURGERY: Drop in 10.30am-12.30pm. Old and new members welcome. Appointments available 12.30pm-2.30pm. Tea and Coffee.

WHERE: SCF Kyle HQ

WHEN: Thursday 31st August Drop in 10.30am-12.30pm: Appointments 12.30pm-2.30pm. Please call 01599 530005, or email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) if you wish to book an appointment.

SCF perspective on the ewe hogg scheme

Thursday, August 03, 2017

The Scottish Crofting Federation (SCF) has broadly agreed with the NFUS on the necessity to curb the excessive claiming on the Scottish Upland Sheep Support Scheme (SUSSS) by some large farms and has offered further suggestions for improvement.

Read more ......

Scottish Crofting Federation welcomes croft relets and urges more to be done

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

The Scottish Crofting Federation (SCF) has welcomed the Crofting Commission’s announcement that five croft tenancies have been relet to new tenants, and that a further five are shortly also to have new tenants. Read more .......

YOUNG CROFTER RATE - NOW EXTENDED TO AGED 40 & UNDER

Monday, July 17, 2017

At the recent SCF Board meeting it was agreed that the young crofter rate of £31.50 would be extended to those aged 40 and under. If you know a “young crofter” who is not a member please pass on this news. The future of crofting is dependent on young crofters and as the only organisation solely dedicated to campaigning for crofters and fighting for the future of crofting, now is the time for young crofters to join.

CROFTING SURGERY - ULLAPOOL Tuesday 11th July

Friday, July 07, 2017

The Scottish Crofting Federation invites you to its first Ullapool Crofting Surgery for SCF members and drop in session for new members

Place: SCF Office, Unit 1a Latheron Lane (above the old Hydro Shop), Ullapool

Time: from 10.30 – 12noon members and new members welcome, surgery from 12 noon to 2.30pm

Please note surgery appointments must be made by calling Sandra at SCF HQ 01599 530 005, or email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

Tea and coffee will be served. We look forward to welcoming old and new members.

PHOTO COMPETITION

Friday, July 07, 2017

Crofting - the landscape, the people, the animals

Our popular notecards, sold on the Scottish Crofting Enterprise website are running out. The new cards will feature images that reflect the crofting way of life. To enter, simply send your photographs in digital format to .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) along with the title of entry; name; brief description and age (if under 16).

The closing date for entries is 31st October. Full entry details, including terms and conditions, can be found at here , or call HQ on 01599 530005.

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

CROFTING LAW CONFERENCE June 9th 2017

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:

PROTECTING THE INTERESTS OF THE RURAL ECONOMY AND ENVIRONMENT IN SCOTLAND

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