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The Farm Advisory Service provides guidance for farmers to improve and strengthen the resilience of their farm businesses.  Support includes access to Scottish relevant information on; markets, industry developments, financial and technical benchmarks and business planning.

Market situation and prospects

  • We produce new edition of Agribusiness News and Milk Manager News each month.  See downloads for the latest version of each publication.

Benchmarking

  • Understanding farm accounts – an interactive tool will show you how to use the information in your accounts to make better business decisions.

Budgeting and financial planning

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Land tenure

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CAP cross compliance

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Tools and resources

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    News

    Improving Crop Health & Business Resilience (Lanark) – event summary

    It is becoming increasingly challenging for cereal growers faced with unpredictable weather, loss of chemistry and new and increasing disease threats. This has been shown this year with the explosion…

    Mid Argyll Business Group Meeting (Ardrishaig) – event summary

    Background Brexit, replacement for LFASS, public budget cuts, lack of opportunities for new entrants, uncertain markets, impending agricultural policy and support payment reform means there is nearly an unrivalled level…

    Cereal Trials Open Evening: Improving Crop Health & Business Resilience – event summary

    The SFAS crop health and business resilience event highlighted a positive outlook for grain markets, promising new varieties for wheat and barley, declines in disease sensitivity to some fungicides, changes…

    Design and Management for Woods and Wildlife – event summary

    There was great feedback from those who attended our event on Thursday 29th June. Here are a few key points from the day: Our host, Alan Twatt, explained why he…

    North East Organic Discussion Group: Second Meeting – event summary

    This was the second meeting of the NE Organic  Farming Group. It was hosted by Alastair Wilson, Upper Wheedlemont, Rhynie – an excellent example of a well established organic farm….

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    Events

    Morayshire Monitor Farm Meeting

    Courtesy of Iain Green, Corskie Farm, Garmouth, Morayshire. For more information and to book your place contact Samantha Stewart on 01343 548787 / samantha.stewart@sac.co.uk or Derek Hanton on 01463 233266 / derek.hanton@sac.co.uk. More…

    Venues: Corskie Farm Event Tags: North Topics: Farm business

    Shetland Monitor Farm Meeting

    Courtesy of Kirsty and Aimee Budge, Bigton Farm, Bigton, Shetland. For more information and to book your place contact Graham Fraser on 01595 693520 / FBSlerwick@sac.co.uk. More information can be found here.

    Venues: Bigton Farm Topics: Farm business

    Sutherland Monitor Farm Meeting

    Courtesy of Jason and Vic Ballantyne, Clynelish Farm, Brora, Sutherland. For further information and to book your place contact Cat MacGregor on 01847 892602 / FBSThurso@sac.co.uk. More information can be found…

    Venues: Clynelish Farm Event Tags: North Topics: Farm business
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    “Use It or Lose It” – FAS Tenants’ Improvements Amnesty Event – Fenwick

    The Scottish Government’s Farm Advisory Service (FAS) is holding a series of events across Scotland this autumn to inform tenant farmers and landowners about important changes to tenancy legislation including the current Tenants’ Improvements Amnesty. The aim of the FAS events are to raise awareness of the key changes brought about by the 2016 Act – what is now in force and what is coming and the implications. This will include a discussion on the amnesty, informing those involved of its importance at way-go and during rent reviews, and providing information on which improvements are eligible for the amnesty.

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    “Use It or Lose It” – FAS Tenants’ Improvements Amnesty Event – Stranraer

    The Scottish Government’s Farm Advisory Service (FAS) is holding a series of events across Scotland this autumn to inform tenant farmers and landowners about important changes to tenancy legislation including the current Tenants’ Improvements Amnesty. The aim of the FAS events are to raise awareness of the key changes brought about by the 2016 Act – what is now in force and what is coming and the implications. This will include a discussion on the amnesty, informing those involved of its importance at way-go and during rent reviews, and providing information on which improvements are eligible for the amnesty.

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    Publications

    Farm Performance in Scotland 2015/16

    Whole Farm Benchmarks Use these benchmarks to analyse your accounts to look for options for lifting performance.   Enterprise Gross Margins Having analysed overall farm performance using whole farm benchmarks,…

    Farm Scale Renewable Energy

    SFAS Farm Renewables brochure 25.4.2017

    Greening

    Greening

    Under reform of the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP), it is mandatory for farmers and crofters who apply to the Basic Payment Scheme to comply with Greening requirements.

    Publication Type: Greening Publication Year: 2017 Topics: Crofts and small farms and Farm business
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    Farm Management Handbook 2016/2017

    The essential guide for those involved with rural business.

    Publication Type: Farm Management Handbook Publication Year: 2016 Topics: Farm business
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    Statutory management requirements (SMRs)

    Under the 2015-2020 Common Agricultural Policy there are 13 statutory management requirements (SMRs) that apply in Scotland.

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    Downloads

    AgriBusiness News October 2017

    Scottish Natural Heritage – Engaging farmers in biodiversity

    Engaging farmers in biodiversity solutions is an SNH-led project that is working to understand how farmers value wildlife and what they see as important in terms of conservation. It will help to identify what support is
    required for farmers to engage more actively in shaping their own solutions for biodiversity outcomes on the farm.

    AgriBusiness News September 2017

    Pollinator Strategy for Scotland

    Wind Energy (TN683)

    The wind resource in Scotland is the highest in Europe and in recent years there has seen a huge number of turbines installed; many of them by farmers. A wind turbine can provide low carbon energy for use within a farm business or provide an additional revenue stream from export of electricity. Once installed, farming activity can continue around turbines and land take is minimal. This technical note examines the opportunities for development of new wind power projects by farms and rural businesses.

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