Tractor in the outer Isles


News Release: There are opportunities for crofting agriculture and rural development post-Brexit says Federation

Tuesday, October 03, 2017

The Scottish Crofting Federation (SCF) has sent a post-Brexit agriculture and rural development policy position outlining a vision for crofting to key government ministers and politicians emphasising the opportunity for change.

“This paper sets out the current SCF position for agriculture post-Brexit,” said Russell Smith, Chair of the SCF. “We cannot be definitive on a final position as the destination for the UK is still far from clear. Nor does this paper discuss how these aims are to be achieved as that is part of the negotiation process.

“What Scottish agriculture and rural development will look like post-Brexit is on everyone’s minds”, continued Smith, “but we believe that it is vital to maintain agriculture in the remote and less favoured areas of the Highlands & Islands because of the public goods it provides, including preservation of the landscape, environmental protection, economic activity, population retention and quality food production. Read more here


Friday, September 29, 2017

Call in to SCF Office, Kyle on Thursday 5th October

10.30-12.30 or if you would prefer an appointment call 01599 530005

Tea, coffee and all your crofting questions

SCF Post Brexit Position

Friday, September 29, 2017

​This paper sets out the initial thoughts of SCF on Post Brexit options for agricultural and rural development, including Trade; Support; Animal Welfare and Environmental Protection.

The paper can be viewed here.

SCF welcomes government commitment to continue crofting legislation reform

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

The Scottish Crofting Federation (SCF) has welcomed the Scottish Government commitment to continue the process reforming crofting legislation within this parliamentary session, as indicated by the consultation launched this week.

“This is another stage in the long process of crofting law reform,” said Russell Smith, Chair of the SCF, “and we are pleased that the Scottish Government is taking this forward. Following the 1993 consolidation act there have been several amendments to crofting legislation but this is still unfinished business. The addition of subsequent layers of legislation, and the fact that amendments have introduced further inconsistencies and errors, has rendered current crofting law difficult to access and, in some aspects, unusable.

Read more…...


Wednesday, August 16, 2017

SCF CROFTING SURGERY: Old and new members welcome. Tea and Coffee.


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.

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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 .......


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.


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.


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


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