Time to get compensation settled for tenant farmers

One of the longest-running disputes between landlords and tenant farmers took a marginal step toward conclusion this week in the Court of Session with a decision that the Scottish Government is liable to compensate a specific group of tenants.

The James Hutton Institute has developed a new system of blight reporting. Picture: Robert Biedermann/thinkstock

New weapon in the fight against late potato blight

Scottish potato growers will this year have an added weapon in their fight against one of their perennial problems – late blight.

NFUS policy director Jonnie Hall gives evidence to the rural economy committee. Picture: Andrew Cowan/Scottish Parliament

Holyrood warned against sudden post-Brexit changes

While farm support measures will need to change in the post-Brexit era in order to both justify their existence to the taxpayer and to serve Scottish agriculture better, any sudden change could be disastrous for the industry.

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Schmallenberg causes birth deformities in lambs. Picture: Kimberley Powell

Vets hope lamb disease will be limited to few cases

Two cases of Schmallenberg have been diagnosed in lambs from Scottish flocks close to the border with England – but vets hope the disease, which can result in birth deformities, will be limited to a few cases in the south of the country.

NFU Scotland said efficiencies alone can't make beef production profitable. Picture: David Cheskin/PA

Call for support as cattle numbers hit 50-year low

Official figures from the December agricultural census showing that cattle numbers in Scotland have fallen to a 50-year low underscore the current precarious economics of beef production, it has been claimed.

NFU Scotland said the exports success was not being enjoyed by farmers and crofters. Picture: John Devlin

Scots producers ‘missing out on export rewards’

A call has been issued for Scotland’s farmers and growers to get a slice of the rewards from the country’s burgeoning food export trade.

Sandy Cumming succeeds Pat Machray as chairman of the SRUC. Picture: Contributed

Sandy Cumming takes the chair at rural college SRUC

Sandy Cumming CBE has been appointed as the new chairman of the SRUC, Scotland’s rural college.

NFU Scotland, led by president Andrew McCornick, could do with more 'political clout', argues Andrew Arbuckle. Picture: Contributed

Farm sector needs like-minded allies for battles ahead

Sitting at the press table at events, there are a number of phrases and truisms that constantly fly across the bows of the journalists.

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Farmers were urged to improve productivity to prepare for the post-Brexit future. Picture: John Devlin

Get set for tough trading after Brexit, farmers warned

With agriculture contributing less than 1 per cent to the total output of the UK, there is a danger, according to a leading consultant, that farm produce may be marginalised in trade talks once the UK leaves the European Union.

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NFU Scotland said glyphosate is a 'key tool' for farmers. Picture: Michael Gillen

NFU Scotland welcomes glyphosate herbicide all-clear

Farmers have welcomed the conclusions of the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) after it declared the scientific evidence “did not meet the criteria to classify glyphosate as a carcinogen, as a mutagen or as toxic for reproduction”.

Fergus Ewing said paper applications would still be accepted. Picture: John Devlin

Fergus Ewing urges farmers to get support claims in

The two-month window for annual farm support claims opened yesterday, giving producers until midnight on 15 May to lodge applications.

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Jeremy Moody said there had been 'little sign of success'. Picture: Johnston Press

Tenancy sector ‘failing to benefit’ from land reform

Well-intentioned changes to Scotland’s agricultural holdings legislation have spectacularly failed to bring about any reversal in the decline of the farm tenancy sector, statistics have revealed.

NFU Scotland chief Scott Walker said growers need details of the changes 'as soon as possible'. Picture: Contributed

Concerns grow over greening rule-change timetables

Concerns are growing within the farming industry that the details of changes to greening measures – which the industry had hoped would be implemented for this season but which were postponed to come into effect in 2018 – might even struggle to be finalised before next year’s cropping plans are drawn up.

The coalition will provide a one-stop-shop to advise governments. Picture: Michael Gillen

Agriculture bodies team up to offer Brexit advice

A new coalition made up of eight of the key organisations working in the agricultural trade and supply sectors has been set up to pool their joint expertise to help inform governments in the run up to the Brexit negotiations.

Landowners were warned not the accept the 'fallacy' that rents for mobile phone masts are set to tumble. Picture: TSPL

Code will not change all farms’ phone mast payments

Farmers and landowners with telecoms masts and other equipment on their land were yesterday told that they shouldn’t be misled into accepting lower rents for providing land for these facilities when the new Electronic Communication Code comes into force later this year,

Iain Cram of Bell Ingram watches the overpass in action. Picture: Wullie Marr

Highland Show ‘flyover’ makes Rics awards shortlist

The cattle “flyover” opened last year to let animals being exhibited at the Royal Highland Show reach the showrings without bringing the movement of people round the event to a grinding halt has been shortlisted for a prestigious industry award.

The cost of new machinery is spread through the ring. Picture: Michael Gillen

30 years of farming machinery rings in Scotland

This year sees the 30th anniversary of the setting up of the Borders Machinery Ring, Scotland’s first.

Farmers could make big savings by changing their approach to tilling. Picture: Craig Stephen

Potato producers dig in to cut costs and boost yields

Scotland’s tattie growers could save money and improve both their yields and income by reducing bed tillage and the depth of their de-stoning operations, a commercial-scale trial has shown.

The two organisations have worked together since 2003. Picture: Graeme Robertson/Getty Images

First Milk signs new long-term Nestlé supply deal

The country’s largest dairy co-operative, Glasgow-based First Milk, has signed a new long-term contract to supply confectionary and beverage giant Nestlé.

Sky lanterns can cause fires on farms and harm livestock. Picture: Ian Rutherford

Farmers press councils to have sky lanterns banned

Farmers and growers across the country are being asked to petition their local and regional councils to help put the pressure on to have the release of sky lanterns and helium balloons banned.

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