FAQs

If I buy land can entitlements be transferred?

Yes, if the seller is willing to do this.  This may come at a charge (for example, 1-1.5 times the entitlement value). You must meet all the criteria for being able to…

What opportunities are there for me becoming a new entrant to Scottish farming?

Many commentators have highlighted the important role that the “agricultural ladder” or “phased entry” plays in attracting and retaining young and new blood to the farming sector. Peter Cook’s Getting…

What is the age structure of Scottish farming?

“Entry to and Exit from Farming in the UK” (ADAS et al, 2004) refers to a reduced rate of entry by young farmers and a reduced rate of retirement by…

How do I get Basic Payment Scheme entitlements?

The Basic Payment Scheme began in January 2015, this superseded the Single Farm Payment Scheme. Basic Payment Scheme entitlements were allocated to eligible farmers who applied in 2015. Any business…

What types of tenancy might be available to me?

There are four types of agricultural tenancy currently available for use in Scotland, although this will shortly change with the implementation of the Land Reform (Scotland) Act 2016. In reality,…

What support is available to new and young entrants in Scotland?

There is support available through the Scottish Government, with the aim of encouraging more new entrants and young farmers to set up and develop profitable, sustainable farming businesses. It encourages…

What is a “young entrant” to farming?

“Young entrants” is defined by the EU (and the Scottish Government), to ensure support for young farmers is targeted at a pre-defined population. Under this definition a “young entrant to…

What is a “new entrant” to farming?

“New entrants” to farming are those that take financial and managerial over control of a farm business (either in their own right, or as majority shareholder in a partnership) for…

What are the Forestry Commission’s starter units I have heard about?

Forest Enterprise Scotland (FES) created a pilot back in 2012 to offer, new entrants to farming a route in to agriculture. This was funded through the FES repositioning programme and…

What are the barriers to entry to Scottish farming?

There has been much discussion and debate about the barriers to new entrants to Scottish farming for some time and Sir Don Curry (2008) stressed that “new entrants are essential…