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RICS Rural Mid-Session Conference for Scotland-book now
Following the results of the EU referendum last year and upcoming policy changes in Scotland, what could be the likely implications for the rural sector? What challenges and opportunities lie ahead and how can we ensure the continued prosperity of the Scotlands rural economy? While it will be months before we know the full Brexit ramifications, the Rural Mid-Session Conference will provide a platform to discuss challenges the sector is facing and what contributions your profession can make to the rural economy. This event will take place from 9.30-16.40 hrs on Thursday 18 May 2017 at SNH Battleby, Perth, Scotland and includes:
-A keynote address led by Andrew Thin will provide an outline of the key priorities of the Scottish Land Commission and the progress on land reform, while reviewing policy and legislation
-The Scottish Assessors Association will cover the re-introduction of shootings while outlining their current activities and information required from assessors before carrying out an estate evaluation
-Unlocking Scotland's potential to drive growth: How can the Planning Bill deliver more? John McNairney, Chief Planner from The Scottish Government explores further
To view the full programme and to register your place today, visit http://bit.ly/2oNak0g


Relu Newsletter - April 2017

The Rural Economy and Land Use Programme April 2017 newsletter includes all the latest news and updates on Relu and LWEC research projects, events, staff and publications.


New Agri-Brexit Coalition will work together to ensure positive outcomes for the industry

Eight organisations and trade associations involved in agribusiness are bringing their expertise together to represent the interests of the industry as negotiations on Brexit progress. The Agri-Brexit Coalition has been founded by: Agricultural Engineers Association (AEA), Agricultural Industries Confederation (AIC), British Society of Plant Breeders (BSPB), Central Association of Agricultural Valuers (CAAV), Crop Protection Association (CPA), Grain and Feed Trade Association (GAFTA), National Association of Agricultural Contractors (NAAC), and National Office of Animal Health (NOAH). The Coalition Coordinator is David Caffall, who is Chief Executive of AIC. This new group will focus on key issues in Brexit negotiations which are pertinent to the UK trading and supplying of goods, services, technology and advice to UK farmers. Their aim is to achieve a positive outcome to negotiations for UK Agriculture as well as the EU and the wider world.


Leading academic calls for more effective rural policy post Brexit

Could Brexit provide an opportunity to redesign more effective support for entrepreneurial rural communities? Sally Shortall is Duke of Northumberland Professor of Rural Economy at Newcastle University and she comes from a farming family. In our latest Landbridge blog she explains why she would welcome a more holistic approach to rural policy in a post Brexit world.


Funding opportunities for agriculture and food businesses in new 15m Innovate UK competition
Innovate UK has just launched its latest 15 million GBP round of funding for health and life sciences with a focus on agriculture, food and healthcare. The funding is for projects that address technical or commercial challenges and the aim is to increase competitiveness for UK small and medium-sized enterprises. The KTN Agri-food Team is particularly keen to encourage agri-food industries to apply for this funding, so is hosting briefing events with a particular emphasis on opportunities for this sector in Edinburgh on 14 February and Birmingham on 16 February. Register now for one of these events to get expert help and advice from KTN's Agri-food Team, network with like-minded delegates, and meet potential collaborative partners. Grants can be awarded to a consortium, led by a business or a Research and Technology Organisation (non-academic), working with other organisations or research groups. All consortia must involve at least one SME. More information is available on the Innovate UK website and the closing date for applications is 12 April 2017.


Industry should prepare for change on plant protection products
Changing the law on use of plant production products is unlikely to be the first item on the UK Governments agenda post Brexit, but the industry should be preparing for regulatory change in the medium term, according to the AHDBs latest Horizon report. What will happen to Plant Health and Plant Protection Product regulations after Brexit is now available on line and hard copies of this Horizon report or any of the others in the series can be ordered by emailing: sue.fox@ahdb.org.uk










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Mike Butcher, Agronomist and Landbridge member