Scotland’s Farm Advisory Service

Scotland’s Farm Advisory Service (FAS) is part of the Scottish Rural Development Programme (SRDP) which is co-funded by the EU and Scottish Government. This £20 million programme provides information and resources aimed at increasing the profitability and sustainability of farms and crofts.

Grant support, a full programme of events, a subscription service for crofts and small farms, and a range of articles and publications form the core of this service which is designed to provide integrated advice for farmers and crofters across Scotland.


The service provides access to grants for:


At the centre of the FAS is a full programme of events including:

  • Workshops
  • Network farm meetings
  • Conferences
  • Training courses

Crofts and small farms

The crofts and small farms subscription service is funded to provide access to affordable advice and information for smaller enterprises.


Newsletters, technical notes, guidelines and reports are now available on this website.

The Farm Management Handbook is now available.

Advice line

For general enquiries or for more information about the service, phone the advice line on 0300 323 0161, or explore this website in more detail.

The advice line operates between 9am and 5pm Monday to Friday, covering a wide variety of topics including cross compliance, water framework directive requirements, climate change and other technical issues.

The Farm Advisory Service is being delivered by SAC Consulting (part of Scotland’s Rural College) and Ricardo Energy and Environment.