MSPs grill Fergus Ewing over missed farm payments fiasco

While it was admitted that it now looks almost certain that the Scottish Government will fail to complete the required 95.24 per cent of farm support payments by the end of June deadline, this target will only be missed by “a few percentage points”.

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AHDB warned that securing the future of vital exports such as seed potatoes would be complex. Picture: Stuart Cobley

Farming faces tough job to seal export deals post-Brexit

Maintaining exports to the EU has been viewed as a key factor for agriculture in the post-Brexit world – but experts have warned that holding on to deals with countries outside the EU could also represent a major challenge.

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'We need a science-based approach to delivering quality,' said Steve McLean of Marks & Spencer. Picture: Christopher Furlong/Getty Images

Marks & Spencer building science into beef supply chain

A proposal that would see a ground-breaking partnership between Aberdeen Angus beef producers, their breed society, gene technology firms and a major retailer has been revealed.

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NFU Scotland said that Jonnie Hall's 'skills and knowledge were not being fully utilised'. Picture: Andrew Cowan/Scottish Parliament

Ground-breaking Brexit farm policy link-up put on hold

When the move was announced late last year, some thought it a masterstroke allowing one of the experts in Scottish agricultural policy to influence Scottish Government thinking.

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Royal Highland show enjoyed a record year.

Royal Highland Show enjoys record year

IT was a record-breaking year for the Royal Highland Show as thousands of visitors flocked to enjoy a celebration of rural life.

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First Minister Nicola Sturgeon was among the many politicians to visit the Royal Highland Show. Picture: Andrew Milligan/PA Wire

Unfamiliar focus at Highland Show festooned with politicians

I found myself feeling a wee bit of sympathy for Prime Minister Theresa May during the course of the Royal Highland Show last week.

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Handlers hold their sheep during the inter breed competition at the Royal Highland Show 2017. Picture: Ian Rutherford

Dangers of playing on farms highlighted at Highland Show

With Scotland’s schools starting to break up for the holidays this week, the Highland show was used to issue a timely reminder to farmers and crofters – and anyone planning to visit a farm – about the dangers of letting children play on-farm during the summer.

Nicola Sturgeon visits the Scotlands Rural College contingent at the Royal Highland Show yesterday. Picture: Alistair Linford

Farmers ‘fed up’ with Scottish Government over CAP payments

Scottish farmers yesterday said they are fed up with Scottish Government apologies for late CAP payments as they demanded action to ensure they receive their money on time.

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The annual Royal Highland Show at Ingliston is a traditional link between farmers and the public, and the growth of farmers markets in the last 20 years has strengthened the connection.  Picture: Greg Macvean

Stephen Jardine: Highland Show is a vital connection between public and farmers

This weekend, rural Scotland is in the city for the 177th Royal Highland Show at Ingliston in Edinburgh. Over four days up to 200,000 people are expected to converge on the site for the annual celebration of country and farming life.

Nicola Sturgeon has questions to answer over the Scottish Government's failure to properly administer CAP payments to farmers.

Leader comment: Farming fiasco raises question of capability

For an administration troubled by a low rate of economic growth, the Scottish Government is doing little
to help itself with the continued fiasco over late CAP payments to farmers. Like any business, the agriculture industry is run on projected revenues, and if it is sold short, new investment will be the first cut.

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A fishing boat lies idle in Ullapool. Michael Gove has said Brexit will offer the fishing industry an opportunity for expansion. Picture: Jon Savage/TSPL

Michael Gove: Brexit could boost Scots fishing industry

Leaving the European Union will create a “sea of opportunity” for the fishing industry, the new Environment Secretary Michael Gove has said.

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Mark Donald is chairman of the New Generation Committee at NFU Scotland.

Scotland’s economy: agricultural innovation key to secure farming future

Innovation will be key as tomorrow’s farmers take on the challenges of the land.

Women's Enterprise Scotland ambassador Lynn Mann says support is needed. Picture: Malcolm Cochrane

Growing efforts to encourage more women into agriculture

There has been a call for more women to consider a career in the farming sector.

George Lyon asked whether farmers were prepared for the challenges raised by Brexit. Picture: Contributed

Post-Brexit farming industry ‘could look very different’

Scottish farming will survive the rigours and threats posed by Brexit – but a very different industry might emerge on the other side.

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Forestry Commission Scotland said new woodland can offer flexibility to sheep farmers. Picture: Stuart Cobley

Grant scheme aims to bridge gap between trees and sheep

A new funding package under the Forestry Grant Scheme will help farmers integrate new woodlands between ten and 50 hectares into their farms, it was claimed yesterday.

Michael Gove, Ruth Davidson and David Mundell at the Royal Highland Show. Picture: Greg Macvean

SNP accused of failing ‘hard-pressed farmers’ again

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon was last night attacked for her handling of the agricultural payments fiasco amid fears that thousands of Scottish farmers are facing fresh delays with their subsidies.

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The Scottish Game Fair kicks off on Friday 30 June at Scone Palace. Picture: Sandy Young

Country pursuits in the spotlight

The Scottish Game Fair takes place in the grounds of Scone Palace from 30 June to 2 July, 2017.

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Sonja Brown with salmon from Loch Duart, which is enjoyed at home and abroad.

Scottish salmon exports worth £500m to economy

Exports worth £500m and 2,000 direct jobs make salmon a healthy part of the Scottish economy.

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A view of the 1966 Royal Highland Show showing the Scottish team of young farmers with "The Scotsman" trophy

Gates open on 177th Royal Highland Show

The Royal Highland Show is the climax of the year for many rural businesses.

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'By investing now, farmers can make their businesses more resilient,' says Bank of Scotland's Sandy Hay. Picture: Lisa Ferguson

Sandy Hay: Funding for the future of Scottish farming

The Royal Highland Show is one of those special events that can set Scottish pulses racing.

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