• Environment minister, Dr Aileen McLeod, has welcomed an increase in the use of woodfuel in Scotland as excellent news for small scale rural businesses – and for Scotland’s effort to cut carbon emissions.

  • THE Scottish Government must plant more trees to secure the future of Scotland’s £1bn forestry and timber industry, according to sector trade body, Confor.

  • CAFRE's Enniskillen Campus will be hosting a workshop on the best use of Biomass heating next Tuesday, March 8.

  • FARMERS' and growers' confidence in using the byproducts of anaerobic digestion as fertilisers and composts has been given a welcome boost by new research published last week.

  • WITH UK grain prices at a six-year low and direct support payments to arable producers being cut by typically 20-30% under CAP reform, many farm businesses have been taking a long hard look at what they grow and why they grow it.

  • FARMING AND contractor partnership, Magnus and Alistair Sinclair, from Fiddesbeg Farm, Ellon, in Aberdeenshire, have long been involved in recycling farm waste to land.

  • FARMERS LOOKING for a crop to grow on flood-prone land that can improve soil health without the need to apply additional fertiliser may soon have the answer.

  • SCOTLAND'S anaerobic digestion industry - which turns rotting food and farm waste into electricity - has mushroomed by more than two thirds in a year, new figures show.

  • RESEARCHERS IN Kansas have warned that several of the plants now being grown as biofuel crops can be as invasive as the worst weeds, spreading rapidly and overwhelming surrounding natural ecosystems.

  • PLANT PRODUCTION is blooming at new, purpose built nursery facilities heated with the help of a wood chip boiler.