New climate change case study available: Balkemback Farm in Angus

20 May 2010

Soil Association Scotland is producing a series of case studies, under its Climate Change Programme, to highlight how individual farmers are meeting the challenges of climate change – and to encourage other farmers to consider what they can do to adapt their practice and reduce their carbon footprint.

Climate change is bringing about a new set of challenges and opportunities for agriculture. In response to these challenges, Soil Association Scotland is running The Climate Change Programme - a three year skills development programme, funded by the Scottish Government and The Robertson Trust.

Since November 2008, the programme has helped 256 farmers and growers develop skills and knowledge to respond to climate change. The programme is centred around a series of workshop based courses covering such issues as how to manage soils more effectively, manure management and grassland and clover management. A particularly popular workshop focused on developing on farm renewables as a means of cutting emissions but also generating income. All workshops utilise speakers with up-to-date expertise, using real farms which can demonstrate climate friendly farming in practice.

To complement this series of courses Soil Association Scotland is producing a series of case studies highlighting how individual farmers are meeting the challenges of climate change. These are being marketed to encourage other farmers to consider what they can do to adapt their practice and reduce their carbon footprint.

It goes without saying that the Climate Change Programme has been particularly successful. There was an original target set to work with up to 500 farmers and the organisation is well on their way to meeting this. Soil Association Scotland are also working with non organic farmers alongside organic farmers and are able to showcase through the farm visits how organic principles and practice are leading the way in responding to the challenges of climate change.

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