Farmers ‘forced off their lands’ due to SNP’s failed farm payment system

Farmers have been driven into debt and forced off their lands according to from farming leaders due to the failure of the IT system set up to pass on subsidy payments from the EU.

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John Henderson, owner of Born in the Borders

Jedburgh restaurant a vital cog in a billion pound industry

Ahead of the 2018 Scotland Food & Drink Excellence Awards, we take a look at a former winner, Born in the Borders, and how it has established itself as a hub for local culinary and beverage excellence.

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Scottish fishermen are fully involved in both catching and conserving fish stocks.  Picture: David Cheskin/PA Wire

Ian Gatt: Sustainable fishing is the keystone of the Scottish industry

Fishing is very important to ­Scotland and one of our ­country’s greatest renewable natural resources. When the oil and gas has gone, we will still have fish in the sea and a fundamental keystone in ensuring our nation’s food security, plus a sound pillar to underpin ­economic growth.

Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates will visit the University of Edinburgh, Picture: AFP/Getty

Bill Gates set for University of Edinburgh agriculture visit

Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates and the UK International Development Secretary are to visit Edinburgh University to discuss how agricultural research is helping communities worldwide.

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A croft on the Outer Hebrides. Picture: Allan Milligan/TSPL

Future of crofting on Outer Hebrides ‘threatened by geese’

The ancient tradition of crofting on the Outer Hebrides is being threatened by a growing population of geese, community leaders have warned.

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Haggis doesn't need to be eaten with neeps and tatties.

Seven tons of haggis has been exported to Canada since ban lifted

Macsween has shifted enough haggis to feed 40,000 Canadians since an export ban was lifted.

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The pelagic vessel, Grateful  taken by David Linkie

Ian Gatt: Feeding the world with fish in a sustainable industry

There is a school of thought among some environmentalists that when it comes to fishing, big is bad and small is good.

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Anne Gray, Senior Policy Officer (Land Use & Environment) at Scottish Land & Estates

Anne Gray: No Brexit deal is worst scenario for our farmers

It wasn’t long after last summer’s EU referendum that the phrase Brexit means Brexit swiftly entered the general lexicon.

Philip Gane is Capital Projects Manager at the James Hutton Institute in Dundee.

Philip Gane: Planting the seed of inner-city farming

Our agricultural sector is under pressure like ­never before. Charged with meeting ever-growing demand, agriculture has had to diversify and adapt at an astonishing rate.

The Moray Firth. Picture: Dave Conner

Elderly fisherman claims sewage in Moray Firth wrecked catch

An 89-year-old fisherman who has been catching salmon since 1958 claims sewage pumped into the Moray Firth has seen his annual catch go from hundreds to zero.

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Brexit: No progress on agriculture and fishing deal, says Scottish rural minister

There has been no progress in arrangements for agricultural, fishing and environmental industries post-Brexit, according to Scotland’s Rural Affairs Secretary.


Stephen Jardine: The Scottish food revolution means we need no longer fear rubber chicken

The Scotsman’s Food & Drink Awards shows how good food has spread all over Scotland from the tiny village of Beeswing to the East Neuk of Fife and beyond, writes Stephen Jardine.

Is federalism the answer to the Scotland's constitional questions? Picture: TSPL

Campaign launched to keep Saltire flag branding on Scottish produce

A shopper has launched an online campaign to rally against the Union flag replacing the Saltire on Scottish produce.

Broccoli is a popular vegetable in Scotland we can only grow it for a few months of the year then we have to look abroad for supplies.

Stephen Jardine: Don’t be depressed, it’s time to ‘normalise’ veg

Scots should eat home-grown vegetables as they come into season, writes Stephen Jardine

Scots cod is heading towards the coveted green eat rating. Picture: Getty Images

Cod and haddock stocks net a better rating in green guide

They have long been on the endangered list as marine experts have warned that overfishing has seen numbers plummet.

Professor Ole Pahl is leading a team of researchers in extracting phosphorus from waste water. Picture: Glasgow Caledonian University

Scottish university aims to recover phosphorus from sewage

It is an essential nutrient used by farmers the world over in food production. But with some predicting that global demand for phosphorus is in danger of outstripping present supplies, some innovative thinking is required.

Tim McCreath, managing director of Simpsons Malt. Picture: Jim Gibson

Simpsons Malt looking on bright side after dip in earnings

Simpsons Malt has described its year-end figures as “solid” despite a dip in sales and profits as it continues to pump money into the business.

France plans to ban domestic sales of the weedkiller for use in gardens by 2019. Picture: Philippe Huguen/AFP/Getty Images

More twists emerge in long-running saga over glyphosate

New twists were added to the convoluted story of glyphosate re-registration yesterday, as France flagged up its intention to unilaterally ban the use of the herbicide inside its borders in the near future, only to swiftly back-track later in the day.

Damian Green said Westminster was not going to take risks with the UK market.  (Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)

Damian Green tells SNP ‘to get serious’ over Brexit

SNP plans to take control of agriculture and environment powers returning from Brussels after Brexit will “dismantle” the UK’s internal market, Theresa May’s deputy has claimed.

NFU Scotland's James Porter said: 'We must be able to continue to source seasonal workers.' Picture: Craig Stephen

Scottish crops at risk without migrant labour, says NFUS

While the fate of migrant labour has been centre stage in Brexit discussions, a more urgent need to ensure there will be a sufficient workforce to help gather in next year’s fruit and vegetable crops has been raised.

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