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MUCH has been heard from the pinnacle of the political scene of the need to create new employment opportunities.
HARVEST is the busiest period of the year for arable farmers, but it is also one of the potentially most hazardous.
DESPITE repeated promises that it would address the problems of traceability within its cattle herd, Brazil, the world's second-largest beef producer, appears no closer to satisfying Brussels and it is certain that no large-scale imports from that country will be permitted access to EU markets.
SCOTLAND is set to lead the way in the UK in re-establishing the value of markets for fifth-quarter products, such as offals and cheeks.
FOR almost two decades few farms have been let in Scotland on a basis that would provide a degree of security to tenants. The Agricultural Holdings (Scotland) Act of 2003 was designed to address this situation.
THE annual round of pedigree ram sales kicked off in earnest at Ingliston, near Edinburgh, yesterday when the cream of the young Suffolk sires were presented.
SCOTTISH farmers will receive their single farm payment (SFP) cheques from 1 December. The total is expected to be around £400 million.
THE weather has been particularly foul in Argentina, with cold winds sweeping across the great plains of the Pampas, but that is as nothing compared with the mood of beef producers, who fear their formerly vast and vibrant industry will struggle to recover from its depressed state.
THERE may be substantially fewer potato growers in the UK compared with a decade ago and those remaining tend to be large-scale producers, frequently growing hundreds of acres each.
THERE is not a lot of joy evident currently among the arable farming fraternity: weather conditions over most of the UK have been less than conducive to making progress with winter barley harvesting.
PRESENTING the annual accounts of a typical farming business can be complex, especially in relation to minimising potential tax liabilities.
WALKING across John Rennie's wonderful bridge over the Tweed in Kelso on Saturday – heading for the Border Union Agricultural Society's show in the idyllic setting of Springwood Park – I could scarcely credit that the previous 12 months had passed so quickly: time moves on.
LIVESTOCK farmers have received a welcome boost with the announcement from Brussels that the European Commission has approved a grant of 2.55 million (about £2.19m) to assist promotion agency Quality Meat Scotland to further raise the profile of beef, lamb and pork.
SCOTLAND appears to be some distance ahead of England in its attitude to the food and drinks industries, judging by comments by Richard Lochhead, the Cabinet secretary for rural affairs.
BEEF producers in the UK, and especially in Scotland, are enjoying the best returns for several years. However, the same does not hold true for many countries elsewhere.
SELDOM in the past 30 years has there been such discontent among Europe's dairy farmers. Demonstrations are being staged almost weekly in Brussels and Strasbourg.
IT HAS taken a long time, during which the sector has seen a massive reduction in numbers, but prices for pigs are now giving producers a reasonable return, with every prospect of a degree of market stability for the foreseeable future.
MORE than 300 tractors were out on the streets of Brussels with dairy farmers protesting yet again at what they believe to be totally unacceptable ex-farm prices for their milk. Whether this latest demonstration achieves anything positive is questionable in the face of an extremely difficult international situation for dairy products.