The first meeting of the new Tenant Farming Advisory Forum took place today, Tuesday 19 September 2017.
The Forum has been established by Scotland’s Tenant Farming Commissioner (TFC), Bob McIntosh, to discuss issues affecting the tenant farming sector. It will be the role of the forum to advise on the priorities for the Codes of Practice issued by the TFC, priorities for the commissioning of research and investigative studies and identifying barriers to creating a thriving tenant farming sector.
The membership of the forum comprises representatives from a range of industry bodies including: Scottish Tenant Farming Association, Scottish Land & Estates, National Farmers Union Scotland, Scottish Agricultural Arbiters & Valuers Association, Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors, Agriculture Law Association and Scottish Government.
Bob McIntosh said:
“The Tenant Farming Advisory Forum is an important step for the tenant farming sector and by working together we can ensure that not only does it survive but, in the long term, also thrives.
“We had a really productive meeting today discussing a wide range of topics with a particular focus on the implications of Brexit. The forum will have a crucial role to play in looking ahead and identifying and advising on the repercussions of Brexit for the tenant farming sector.
“It is important to have a forum where all of the industry bodies can come together keeping important issues at the forefront and working to secure the future of the tenant farming sector and the vital contribution it makes to Scotland’s rural economy.”
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The Tenant Farming Commissioner is one of six Commissioners forming the Scottish Land Commission which was established under the Land Reform (Scotland) Act 2016 and came into being on 1 April 2017.
- As outlined in the Land Reform (Scotland) Act 2016, the Tenant Farming Commissioner must exercise the Commissioner’s functions with a view to encouraging good relations between landlords and tenants of agricultural holdings.
- Image below of first meeting of Tenant Farming Advisory Forum (left to right Bob McIntosh (Tenant Farming Commissioner), Heather Bruce (Agricultural Law Association), Rob Forrest (SAAVA), Christopher Nicholson (STFA), Gemma Cooper (NFUS), Angus McCall (STFA), Sarah-Jane Laing (Scottish Land & Estates), Andrew Wood (RICS))
- Find out more www.landcommission.gov.scot/tenant-farming