Date lodged: 15 February 2017
To ask the Scottish Government what advice and support it offers to farmers to encourage regenerative farming.
Answered by: Fergus Ewing 22 February 2017
The Scottish Government provides advice and support to farmers to encourage regenerative farming across a range of programmes and activities. I want to highlight 3 of these and I'd be happy to write to the member with a full list of direct and indirect activity.
Farming For a Better Climate is based on nine Climate Change Focus Farms around Scotland which undertake a three-year programme to implement best practice and showcase it for other farmers, with around a thousand farmers attending such events each year.
We are currently expanding the Soil Nutrient Network from 3 to 12 farms, to demonstrate the economic, biodiversity, conservation and climate change benefits of using soil analysis and nutrient management to improve soil health and condition.
Organic farming can be a means of regenerating soil, and has been supported in Scotland by £4 million on maintenance and conversion payments since 2015 through the Agri-Environment Climate Scheme under the Scottish Rural Development Plan.