Scotland's Farming Innovation Network

The Scottish Farming Innovation Network will involve farmers in the development and sharing of innovative techniques and best practice for improving productivity, quality and environmental performance, and showcase a practical approach to research and development for sustainable agriculture. The programme encourages practical methods to create an environment where famers have the opportunity to learn for themselves and from other farmers about particular production problems, and how to address these by observing and discussing new and innovative ways of doing things in the field.

The programme is open to all those actively engaged in farming and growing in Scotland. The objectives are to:

  • Provide regular local networking opportunities for farmers to meet and learn from each other through farm-based events and farmer-led field trials
  • Bring farmers and growers together who share similar production and environmental challenges
  • Enable deeper insight into subjects, topical issues, challenges and best practical solutions
  • Identify innovative techniques and best practice in the field for organic, low-input and low carbon farming
  • Identify gaps in current knowledge where academic research could make a real difference for farmers

To help inform and support the programme, we will consult scientists, researchers and farmers to:

  • Identify key challenges around organic, low-input and low carbon farming especially in a changing climate
  • Explore innovative techniques and best practice for overcoming these challenges
  • Select expert facilitators and pioneer farms for hosting regional farm-based practical events and farmer-led field trials

The Scottish Farming Innovation Network has been designed with farmers, industry bodies and research institutes to ensure its relevance to farming in Scotland. We are keen to hear from more farmers, scientists and researchers who may be interested in actively participating in the programme. If you would like to know more about Scotland’s Farming Innovation Network, please contact Colleen McCulloch on 0131 666 2474 or cmcculloch@soilassociation.org.

  • Themes covered
    We will be running a variety of event topics including animal productivity and health, nutrient management, water and wetland management, woodland management and biomass, anaerobic digestion and an introduction to low carbon farming. If you would like to suggest a farm that could host an afternoon’s visit or an expert to help discuss the topics further please contact Lyn White on 07899 791 748 or lwhite@soilassociation.org
     
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