Preparing for Sustainable Farming (PSF)

Date published: 4 April, 2022

The Cabinet Secretaries announced at COP-26 in November 2021 that a National Test Programme was to be developed with farmers and crofters to further their understanding of how farming and food production can be even more economically and environmentally sustainable.

Preparing for Sustainable Farming (PSF), the first part of this Programme, is live from spring 2022 and will help ensure that when the new rural support regime is introduced we will integrate enhanced conditionality of at least half of all funding for farming and crofting by 2025 and as part of this conditionality, expect recipients of support to deliver on targeted outcomes for biodiversity gain and low emissions production.

Conditionality means that in the future Climate mitigation and how Biodiversity is looked after and encouraged by businesses, will be a condition businesses have to meet to receive agricultural support payments.

Preparing for Sustainable Farming (PSF) focuses on incentives to farmers and crofters to help them understand their Carbon emissions and sequestration, identifying recommendations that can lower these emissions and increase efficiencies.

There are two options currently being funded in the first phase of Preparing for Sustainable Farming (PSF) that Scottish farmers, crofters, and agricultural contractors can claim funding for.

These two options are:

  • Carbon Audits
  • Soil Sampling and Analysis.

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