Category: Farming
08/11/2017
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Let’s Take the Lead

The Scottish Partnership against Rural Crime (SPARC) has identified the worrying of livestock as one of the key issues impacting on rural / agricultural communities in Scotland. Incidents are highest during March, April and May, coinciding with the main lambing season, however another peak comes in November, coinciding with ewes being brought onto lower land
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06/04/2017
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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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21/03/2017
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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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11/10/2016
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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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06/09/2016
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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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09/08/2016
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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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03/08/2016
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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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19/04/2016
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It’s not what you do, it’s the way that you do it

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Our guest writer for this week’s blog is Andrew Thin, Scotland’s Independent Advisor on Tenant Farming. The role of independent advisor on tenant farming is a short-term one, and Andrew– who was a member of the Agricultural Holdings Legislation Review Group – has been tasked by the Scottish Government with working with the three main
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15/03/2016
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Whither agriculture?

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After what has seemed like an almost endless process of consultations, review group reports, Government reports and press releases back and forth, the Land Reform (and Agricultural Holdings) Bill has now moved one step closer to being passed, with the Stage 3 debate scheduled tomorrow after which it’ll either be passed or rejected by our
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16/02/2016
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The Future of Scottish agriculture part 3: we need clarity on the direction of travel

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It’s mightily nerdy and almost embarrassing to say it, but I like strategies! As someone who works in the policy arena, strategies are something to get your teeth into and argue over. They can set the direction of travel and can be useful in terms of holding governments to account by pointing to inconsistencies in
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