NFUS warns over Brexit threat to single market access

Food security, affordability, safety and hygiene along with the stewardship of the countryside could all be placed in jeopardy in the UK if the food processing and farming sectors are denied access to Europe’s single market and free access to foreign labour in the post-Brexit world.

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The figures showed that all livestock values were lower, except for cattle. Picture: John Devlin

Farming sector suffers largest income drop for 15 years

Total farming income in the UK fell by 24 per cent last year – the largest drop for 15 years – according to latest figures from the UK Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs.

The Princess Royal with Professor Julie Fitzpatrick. Picture: Jim Mackintosh

Studying tiny parasites makes a big difference

Much of the chatter in the farming world in recent months has centred on the great unknowns following Brexit, but yesterday Perthshire hill farmer Ian Duncan Millar, chairman of the Moredun Foundation, took a different tack.

From left: Andrew McCornick, Allan Bowie and Rob Livesey are in the running for the top post at NFU Scotland. Picture: Contributed

Six names in the hat so far for top three NFUS posts

There have been further developments in the race for the top office at NFU Scotland, with three names now forward for both the presidential and vice-presidential positions.

The SRUC report found Brexit uncertainty could have a negative impact on the rural economy. Picture: Ian Rutherford

Brexit vote sends shock waves through rural Scotland

Drawing up a coherent assessment of the health – and changing nature – of Scotland’s diverse rural sector with the aim of keeping politicians, policy makers and decision formers up to speed might always have been viewed as a tough job.

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Anita and Andrew Stirling of Angus-based Stirfresh have won a supply deal with Lidl. Picture: Contributed

Business briefs: Stirfresh | Flybe | Countryside

Angus-based food business Stirfresh has landed a £300,000 deal to supply its produce to supermarket group Lidl.

The AHDB said barley producers should 'wait and see' for new varieties. Picture: Scott Barbour/Getty Images

Barley growers still face wait for new varieties

Grain farmers have been on the look-out for a promising new malting barley variety to offer some competition to the current virtual one-horse race for supplying the distilling trade for some years.

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Fergus Ewing said the cost was a 'very small fraction' of the money to be delivered by the Scottish Government. Picture: John Paul Photography/PA Wire

Farm payments chaos cost taxpayers £1m, admits Fergus Ewing

The direct additional costs of last year’s botched farm support payment system – in the form of overtime and additional staffing – could be well over £1 million, it has been revealed.

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Lanark Mart hosted the LiveScot event on Saturday. Picture: Contributed

Judge hails ‘very good show of cattle’ at LiveScot

An increase in the number of livestock entries across all the showing classes combined with a bustling atmosphere made for a successful day at this year’s LiveScot event, held at Lanark agricultural centre on Saturday.

Crofts, such as this one on the Isle of Lewis, ownly rarely become available for sale on the open market. Picture: Allan Milligan/TSPL

Young families wanted to become crofters on Skye

It is a labour-intensive job that is normally passed from one generation to the next.

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Shooting rights now come with a rateable value. Picture: Phil Wilkinson

Don’t ignore sporting rights valuation, owners warned

Despite the complicated nature of the forms, farmers and other landowners who have been contacted by regional valuation boards about shooting rights and rates have been urged not to ignore them – and to provide as much information as possible to the authorities.

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Many people living in rural areas find themselves in fuel poverty. Picture: John Devlin

Rural charity RSABI offers lifeline for fuel-poor

With estimates indicating that every second person living in the Scotland’s rural areas suffers from fuel poverty, the onset of winter means there is likely to be keen interest in the launch of this year’s Help for Heating fund by countryside charity RSABI.

Many adults in Scotland eat less than half the recommended daily amount of fruit and vegetables, despite worrying about how their diet affects their health.

Scottish fruit producers fearful of post-Brexit labour shortage

Labour shortages could force fruit production to move abroad as a result of the vote to leave the European Union, MSPs have been told.

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Fergus Ewing said the potential market demand from Kenya was 'significant'. Picture: John Devlin

Scotland signs major seed potato supply deal with Kenya

Scotland’s farmers could be set to grasp a share of an estimated £50 million market for seed potatoes in Kenya following the announcement that the Scottish Government has signed a bilateral agreement with the Kenyan authorities.

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NFUS vice-president Andrew McCornick, left, is challenging Allan Bowie for the top post, while Rob Livesey, right, is considering his options. Picture: Contributed

NFU Scotland president faces battle to secure second term

While this week’s NFU seminar at AgriScot might have been somewhat lower key than normal, it has been revealed that the union’s agm in February is likely to be a lively affair, with both the presidential and vice-presidential positions being contested.

Rural economy secretary Fergus Ewing insisted that loan support had arrived 'in good time' for farmers. Picture: Lisa Ferguson

Fergus Ewing upbeat despite missing AgriScot debate

There might have been some regret at yesterday’s AgriScot event that the top gladiatorial event of the day – NFU Scotland’s annual debate with the rural economy cabinet secretary – did not take place due to a mix-up over invitations and prior engagements.

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Norman Todd. Picture: Contributed

Former fisherman turns to nursing for career on high seas

AN EX fisherman is embarking on a new career on the high seas after graduating with degrees in nursing.

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Andy Wightman MSP is to put a motion before Holyrood. Picture: Jon Savage

Public are urged to show support for tenant farmers

A show of public support for tenant farmers caught up in the fall-out of the extremely complex Salvesen Riddell legal case – and who now face eviction – is set to take place outside the Scottish Parliament tomorrow.

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Only 4% of those running Scotland's farms are aged under 35. Picture: Contributed

Under-35s a rarity, with most running farms over 65

Almost a third of all farm businesses in Scotland are run by people over the normal retirement age, the result of the Scottish Government’s most recent statistics-gathering exercise has revealed.

The beef industry has played down reports of mislabelling. Picture: Contributed

Repackaging fears ‘put in perspective’ by QMS chief

Scotland’s red meat industry moved yesterday to reassure livestock producers and consumers, claiming that reports of investigations into beef from other sources being labelled and sold as Scottish were not indicative of any wide-spread malpractice.

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