The Scottish Government has announced a new service: a match-making scheme designed to help new entrants into farming business.
The scheme, which will be administrated by NFU Scotland, "match-makes" new entrants with farmers who have land available for them.
The ageing farming population, and the struggle for young farmers to access land are well known challenges in the sector. The hope is that the new scheme will go some way towards tackling both issues. Whether it succeeds remains to be seen, but it certainly seems a positive step towards creating new opportunities for new entrants.
ASPIRING new entrants to Scottish agriculture, who have the desire to farm but no land upon which to do it, can now access a match-maker service that will introduce them to older farmers with land to spare.