Supported by Scottish Government funds, the successful projects all aim to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and tackle climate change in agriculture and food production.
The chosen projects focus specifically on resource efficiency, emission reduction, environmental performance and farm sustainability and will receive a total of just over £ 170,000 in funding.
“Looking ahead to COP26, the whole world was thinking about what needs to be done to tackle climate change and what we need to do in the future,” said Rural Affairs Secretary Mairi Gougeon.
“It is clear that we all need to work together to achieve our climate goals. This is why investing and supporting the transfer of knowledge and innovation within our agricultural sector has never been more important.
Projects receiving funding included: £ 35,100 in funding has been awarded to the Carbon Trotterprints project which will be facilitated by Wholesome Pigs (Scotland), the cooperative company which currently monitors pig health, giving rapid feedback to provide benefits in terms of reduced antibiotic and drug use, disease eradication, reduced production costs, and the ability to promote a healthy and “healthier” product in the market.
The project aims to build on the success of using benchmarking within the Scottish pig industry to improve carbon calculators and minimize the work involved on the farm to perform carbon audits and thereby reduce any future financial support requirements. By comparing and standardizing the results of three different carbon footprint calculators, the effects of different business and management structures on emissions will also be explored.
Soil Health – A Route Towards Net Zero for the Scottish Livestock Industry, which will be managed by Farm Stock (Scotland) Ltd, has received £ 69,878 to help Scottish agriculture meet climate change targets by becoming more efficient, including through better management of soil health.
An agroecology project to facilitate mindset change, led by Nourish Scotland has received £ 43,575 to bring together organizations to encourage knowledge transfer and exchange among farmers who have started adopting approaches and agroecological practices and those who have yet to be convinced – especially through a farmer cooperative farmer / farmer-to-farmer learning program.
Agroforestry in Action 2, which will be facilitated by the Soil Association (Scotland), has received £ 18,862.50 to build on its 2021 ‘Agroforestry in Action’ (AIA) program which aims to raise awareness of integration of trees into agricultural systems and the associated benefits for sustainable agriculture and production, resource-efficient land management, environment, nature and secure climate.
Forth Resource Management won £ 4,374 for a project to create a three-video series highlighting the role of the agriculture industry in transitioning to a low-carbon future. They also aim to share knowledge about food and energy production for the benefit of the environment to the entire agricultural industry.