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Farming for a Better Climate

Farming For A Better Climate  FFBC

A Scottish farming initiative designed and ran by SRUC to highlight measures that will help farmers make more efficient use of their resources and have a positive impact on the farm business bottom line.  Farmers may be able to adopt one or a number of the measures outlined, or they may have ideas and techniques of their own.


Purpose: The purpose of Farming for a Better Climate (FFBC) is to work with farmers and land managers in Scotland to encourage and advise on the uptake of practices that will help the sector to become more profitable whilst moving towards a low carbon sustainable future whilst also adapting to a changing climate and securing farm viability for future generations.

FFBC promotes the Scottish Government’s five key action areas in relation to climate change mitigation and adaptation.  These action areas will promote behaviour change to increase the uptake of best management practices, help farmers reduce the avoidable emissions, adapt to climate change and improve their businesses:

  1. Using electricity and fuels efficiently

  2. Development of renewable energy

  3. Locking carbon into the farm (soils and vegetation)

  4. Making the best use of nutrients / optimising use of fertiliser and manure

  5. Optimising Livestock Management

FFBC organise on-farm demonstration events, seminars, conferences as well as raising awareness and knowledge exchange through publications in the farming press.  Practical advice, guidance notes and case studies are also openly available to the farming sector via the FFBC website http://www.sruc.ac.uk/climatechange/farmingforabetterclimate/

Domestic Legislative Powers: Sections 4 and 6 of the Small Landholders (Scotland) Act 1911

EU Notification: Cover for this scheme is provided under State Aid regulations and has been notified to the European Commission under Article 21 of Commission Regulation (EU) No 702/2014:


Delivered by: Scotland’s Rural College (SRUC) on behalf of the Scottish Government.

Funding:  The total budget shall not exceed £410,000.

Target Sector: Primary Agriculture  

Dissemination:  Completed project reports shall, at no cost, be made available on the FFBC and/or Scottish Government websites.