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  • 25/02/2017 - Review of Game Bird Law and Licensing in Selected European Countries published - Scottish Land & Estates' comment
    Scottish Land & Estates has provided initial comment on the Review of Game Bird Law and Licensing in Selected European Countries, published by SNH on February 24, 2017. The report will be considered by Scottish Land & Estates and the Scottish Moorland Group in greater detail in the coming weeks. A spokesman for Scott
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  • 24/02/2017 - Fisheries Management Scotland appoints Chairman and Board Members
    The newly elected Board of Fisheries Management Scotland, the representative body for Scotland’s District Salmon Fishery Boards and Rivers and Fisheries Trusts has appointed Alister Jack as Chairman. Alister is the Chairman of the Annan District Salmon Fishery Board and Annan Fisheries Trust. The first meeting of the Fi
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  • 24/02/2017 - National geophysical survey
    The British Geological Survey will be carrying out geophysical surveys in selected areas in England this year, with a complete 3D map of the UK being the long-term aim. Selection of sights to participate in surveys depends on interest (and financial backing) from stakeholders, specifically the industry or owner that decides t
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  • 24/02/2017 - Code of Practice final working group
    The non-domestic water industry has been working to draft a Code of Practice for the industry, this week was the third and final working group to be held on the issue. The final draft will be circulated to Scottish Land & Estates and other members of the group before being approved and implemented by the Water Industry Commis
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  • 24/02/2017 - Mr Jazzy Potato Project launched
    Schoolchildren in Perth and Kinross are taking part in a project encouraging classes to grow and harvest their own potatoes from scratch. The Mr Jazzy Potato Project, organised by the Perth & Kinross Initiative of the Royal Highland Education Trust (RHET) and sponsored by WCF Horticulture, aims to show the children the gradua
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  • 24/02/2017 - Investing in fisheries
    Sea fisheries, aquaculture and processing businesses will receive more than £8 million of EU and Scottish Government funding, including £1.6 million for projects in Shetland, to boost growth, protect jobs and develop sustainability. The latest round of the European and Maritime Fisheries Fund (EMFF) will deliver 41 proj
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  • 24/02/2017 - Rates Support Announced
    This week Finance secretary Derek Mackay announced additional support to mitigate the impacts of non-domestic rates rises. Many in the hospitality sector will be grateful for a 12.5% cap on their rates liability increase. Owners of small hydro schemes (under 1MW) will also benefit from this 12.5% cap. Members should note
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  • 24/02/2017 - Electronic Communications Code Update
    The Lords began their report stage of the Digital Economy Bill on Tuesday. Again, there was good discussion of site providers concerns particularly regarding site valuation. Although the ‘no scheme basis’ remains there has been some clarification. The intention for the Code of Practice which will accompany the new Electro
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  • 24/02/2017 - North East Scotland Agricultural Advisory Group (NESSAG)
    Our North East Regional Manager, Eilidh MacKechnie recently attended a meeting of NESAAG. Aberdeenshire Council hosts NESAAG, a major cross-sectoral forum that lobbies on behalf of the sector as well as providing support and advice both to the agricultural sector and the wider rural economy of the North East. The forum includ
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  • 23/02/2017 - Rural Support Schemes And Payments Update
    At this week’s Agriculture and Rural Development (ARD) Stakeholders Group meeting (was previously CAP Stakeholders Group), updates on IT and other rural support payments matters were given.    CAP Payments – IT related delays 2015 Pillar 1 payments There is a very small tail of basic payment scheme payme
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  • 23/02/2017 - Key outcomes from SRDP 2017-13 published
    The Scottish Rural Network has produced a 2-page flyer which summarises the benefits derived from the last round of SRDP (2007-13).  See flyer here...
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  • 23/02/2017 - Last call for entries for The Golden Plover Award 2017
    Run by The Heather Trust and the Game and Wildlife Conservation Trust Scotland (GWCT Scotland) with support from Lindsays solicitors, the Golden Plover Award aims to highlight the very best of progressive, forward-thinking moorland management in Scotland. This award is open to any group, farm, estate or individual with a
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  • 23/02/2017 - Scottish rural funding confirmed
    The Scottish Government has used the passage of the Scottish Budget in the Scottish Parliament as an opportunity to say that rural Scotland will benefit from over £640 million funding in 2017-18, but that future support is under threat from a ‘hard Brexit’. Speaking early in the week, ahead of a meeting with Andrea L
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  • 23/02/2017 - Andrea Leadsom sets out principles of future food and farming policy
    Speaking to the English NFU, Andrea Leadsom, the DEFRA Secretary of State, set out five principles that will guide future food and farming policy. The five principles were trade, competitiveness, environmental sustainability, the promotion of animal and plant health and welfare, and resilience. The speech can be found
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  • 23/02/2017 - Avian Influenza Latest
    From 00:01 on 28 February 2017, a new Avian Influenza Prevention Zone will come into effect in Scotland meaning that, from that date, keepers may let their birds out provided that they have enhanced biosecurity measures in place.   The risk level from Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza remains at ‘high’ for wild birds
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  • 23/02/2017 - Agriculture Champions to take forward Agriculture Strategy for Scotland
    In January, Fergus Ewing MSP announced the appointment of four Agriculture Champions to advise on the development of a strategy for the sector. The Agriculture Champions will help develop an Agriculture Strategy to guide the long-term sustainable future for Scottish agriculture, by increasing profitability and boosting in
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  • 23/02/2017 - Latest SPICe Briefing: Agriculture and Brexit in Ten Charts
    This briefing explores 10 issues related to agriculture and Brexit. These include the importance of the Common Agricultural Policy and its subsidies to Scottish farmers; the relationship between Scotland and the UK in terms of agricultural budgets and policy; WTO rules; the impacts of leaving the EU on imports and exports of
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  • 23/02/2017 - Culutre, Tourism, Europe & External Relations Committee Evidence Session on Brexit
    In the Scottish Parliament, the Culture, Tourism, Europe and External Relations Committee took evidence from the Rt Hon Greg Hands MP Minister of State for Trade and Investment, UK Government and from the Rt Hon David Mundell MP, Secretary of State for Scotland, UK Government. David Mundell ruled out devolving immigration for
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  • 23/02/2017 - House of Commons, Environment, Food & Rural Affairs Committee 2nd Evidence Session
    In the House of Commons, the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Committee held its second evidence session on feeding the nation: labour constraints. Tim Breitmeyer, Deputy President, Country Land and Business Association gave oral evidence. More information can be found here...
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  • 23/02/2017 - EU Energy & Environment Sub-Committee - Brexit Agriculture Inquiry
    In the House of Lords, the EU Energy & Environment sub-committee continued its Brexit agriculture inquiry with an oral evidence session attended by Professor Ian Hodge (University of Cambridge), Tom Lancaster (RSPB) and Richard Hebditch (National Trust). The session looked at implications of Brexit for public goods and agricu
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