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Dee river partnership seeks public feedback

The partnership tasked with looking after the River Dee catchment has published a summary of its achievements over the last 15 years and is seeking public comment on priorities for future projects. Established in 2003 with the support of the James Hutton Institute, the Dee Catchment Partnership is one of Scotland’s foremost catchment partnerships, representing 16 organisations that share the common aim of restoring habitat and water quality in the Dee catchment.

High Commissioner of Kenya visits the James Hutton Institute in Dundee

The James Hutton Institute was delighted to welcome a visit by His Excellency Mr Manoah Esipisu, High Commissioner of Kenya to the UK, and his team to our Dundee site.

The visit, set up through James Hutton Limited’s membership of the Scottish Africa Business Association (SABA), was an opportunity for Mr Esipisu to gain insight into the work both James Hutton Limited and the James Hutton Institute carry out in Africa, with the added perspective of the upcoming COP26 meeting in Glasgow.

Arable Scotland's Arable Conversations: Net-Zero - Making Carbon Pay

Scotland has a legally binding commitment of being net-zero by 2045, and a 31% reduction is required in emissions from agriculture by 2032. This topic will be under discussion in the fourth Arable Conversations session on 29th June 2021 at 6:00 pm, chaired by Kenneth Loades (James Hutton Institute) and including David Aglen (Balbirnie Home Farms), Alison Milne (Crafty Maltsters), Matt Ward (Farmacy) and Matt Aitkenhead (James Hutton Institute).

Farmers and crofters – can you help shape the future of farming practices in Scotland?

SEFARI Gateway and the Food, Farming and Countryside Commission (FFCC) are funding a collaborative project between the James Hutton Institute, the Soil Association Scotland, and Scottish Agricultural Organisation Society (SAOS) to carry out research in relation to farming practices in Scotland.

They are carrying out the Scottish Farming Practices Survey 2021 to understand how certain farming practices that aim to improve sustainability can provide (or not) long term benefits for land productivity.

International Barley Hub Seminar Series: Barley Varieties - The Recommendation System

The latest seminar of the International Barley Hub took place on Tuesday 22nd June and discussed Barley Varieties - The Recommendation System. It was led by Dr Paul Gosling and chaired by George Lawrie, IBH.

Barley breeders are continually developing new varieties and introducing them into the market. It is not always easy for the farmer understand which of the new varieties might suit their farming system. AHDB's Recommended Lists program tests new varieties against industry standards in trials.

Arable Scotland's Arable Conversations: Sustainable Rotations and Soils, Legumes, Cover Crops and Cash Crops

Join us at Arable Scotland on 29th June for a virtual Arable Conversation with Pete Iannetta (James Hutton Institute), Ed Brown (Hutchinsons), Dick Neale (Hutchinsons), Christine Watson (SRUC) and Paul Hargreaves (SRUC), which will look at the topic of sustainable rotations. The panellists will discuss how soil health and soil function are impacted in positive and negative way by the choice of crop, and how that crop fits within a sustainable rotation.

New UK-Europe partnership to exploit barley resources and speed up breeding

International Barley Hub scientists have been awarded a prestigious International Partnership award from BBSRC to strengthen the link between world leading research teams in the UK and Europe. The aim of the grant is to create new working relationships and opportunities among emerging early/mid-career barley scientists at the James Hutton Institute, the University of Dundee and IPK (Germany) to exploit barley resources and accelerate barley breeding. 

Arable Scotland 2021: spotlight on markets, IPM, sustainability and net-zero

Arable Scotland, the premier event for the Scottish arable industry, returns on 29th June 2021. Now in its third year, the event brings together the key players in food production, academia and farming to discuss key issues and provide a wealth of information to support the arable farming industry.

New Tayside partnership announced as one of seven Climate Beacons for COP26

The James Hutton Institute is delighted to support one of seven Climate Beacons that are taking shape across Scotland in the run-up to and beyond the COP26 UN Climate Change Conference that’s happening in Glasgow this November.

Now available: June 2021 issue of Hutton Highlights

The latest issue of Hutton Highlights, our quarterly review showing how Hutton science is driving the sustainable use of land and natural resources, is now available from our Hutton Highlights pages.

Our June 2021 issue, published on what would have been James Hutton's 295th birthday, includes:


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