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New entrants to agriculture

We are working to help increase access to land for those who want to farm and reduce barriers to new entrants.

For Scotland to have a successful farming sector there needs to be new entrants to drive innovation and best practice. We are looking at new models and structures to increase the availability of land for new entrants; provide practical guidance on existing joint venture models and identify barriers to succession and retirement.

We are proud to be a partner of the Scottish Land Matching Service (SLMS), a free service connecting those in the agricultural sector throughout Scotland. The SLMS offers independent advice and facilitation to those considering options for joint ventures in farming. It is available to anyone either seeking an opportunity to start on a joint farming venture or those looking to offer an opportunity on their farm.