Category: Agriculture

Agriculture meets instaculture at Oxford

Part two of our guest blog from Clive Phillips, Head of Land and Rural Business at Brodies LLP, on his thoughts from the 2018 Oxford Farming Conference.  This years’ Oxford Farming Conference gave some powerful political and commercial signals as to what lies ahead for the future of the rural sector. The market is changing in
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Powerful signals for farm policy and trade from Oxford

This weeks guest blog is by Clive Phillips, Head of Land and Rural Business at Brodies LLP, on his thoughts on the 2018 Oxford Farming Conference.  In the round of key presentations at this year’s Oxford Farming Conference, Michael Gove’s much talked about announcement is arguably more fundamental than an extension of farm support to
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It’s time for solutions…

Thoughts from the Forum for the Future of Agriculture conference, Brussels March 2017 The annual Forum for the Future of Agriculture conference is very much about the big stuff. How do we create food production systems that don’t deplete the Earth’s natural resources, but instead rely on only what can be renewed? How do we
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A new direction for Scottish land management

In Scotland today we stand at a crossroads in terms of rural policy. There are a number of decisions and debates that are coming together to make this a pivotal moment that will shape rural areas for decades to come. Whatever happens—whether we leave the EU, become a completely independent country or become an independent
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Brexit does not roll back devolution … but there is a need for consistency across the UK

It is still very early days in the negotiations surrounding Brexit. There is so much that is unknown, especially relating to Scotland’s place in the EU and the UK, and so in some respects it is difficult to look very far ahead. Trying to discern the likely path forward is fraught with difficulty. Yet Scottish
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Lots to gain from game and grain…

Type into Google “Scottish food” and the top results are haggis, shortbread and deep fried Mars Bars. While we shouldn’t be ashamed of these delicacies, there is so much more Scotland has to offer.  Scottish Food & Drink Fortnight is a nationwide event which supports and promotes Scotland’s produce, and the people who grow, make,
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Some more thoughts on Brexit

Following on from our first “Some thoughts on Brexit” blog last week from Anne Gray, we now hear from Chris Savage, Factor for Cassillis Estate, on what Brexit means to rural Scotland and the questions that need to be answered: I think we can all agree that we live in a modern, progressive, democratic society?
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Some thoughts on Brexit

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This blog is entitled “Some thoughts on Brexit” because, as of yet, the political landscape around this momentous decision is still pretty unclear. It is apparent though, through speaking informally to members, colleagues, political representatives and others over the last few weeks, that while there are challenges, there are also opportunities. The biggest opportunity perhaps
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The Basic Payment Scheme: Payment in Pounds or Euros?

Everyone associated with the rural sector in Scotland will be aware of the difficulties currently facing agricultural businesses. The problems with processing 2015 Single Application Forms (SAFs) has led to only 67% of claimants receiving their first Basic Payment Scheme (BPS) and greening instalments by 6th April. Less Favoured Area Support Scheme (LFASS) payments, worth
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