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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.

Opinion
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.

Opinion
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.

News
Fergus Ewing

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.

News

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.

Opinion
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.

News
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

Opinion
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.

Environment
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.

Tech
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.

Farming
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.

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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.

Politics
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.

Farming
'We can make this work for everyone,' said the Lynx UK Trust. Picture: Geoff Caddick/PA Wire

Trust behind lynx plan pledges to insure against attacks

Lynx UK Trust, the group seeking permission to release six lynx in the Kielder Forest which straddles the Border, has announced that it would insure all sheep, pets and humans in the country against lynx attacks.

Farming
NFU Scotland president Andrew McCornick called for 'more carrot and less stick'. Picture: Contributed

NFU Scotland maps out its top post-Brexit priorities

While the threats and uncertainty of Brexit have been widely highlighted in recent months, the opportunities offered to streamline some of the current bureaucratic burden borne by farmers was put in the spotlight yesterday.

Farming
The Roslin Institute says its research could shed light on the role of hundreds of sheep genes. Picture: Lindsay Addison

Sheep sector is following in the footsteps of Dolly

While the poultry and pig industries have led the field in using genome information to improve the productivity characteristics of farmed livestock – such as feed conversion efficiency rates – work at Edinburgh’s Roslin Institute is set to help the sheep sector join this revolution.

Farming

Combines halted by one of Scotland’s wettest summers ever

While it might not be much of a consolation for farmers suffering from the frustrations of this year’s stop/start harvest, confirmation came this week that much of the country is facing the same problem.

Farming

Fergus Ewing unveils loan scheme to cover farm payouts

Scotland’s farmers will once again be offered a loan scheme to cover their Basic Payment support payments, Scotland’s rural economy secretary Fergus Ewing has revealed.

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NFU Scotland chief executive Scott Walker described the figures as 'bad news' for the sector. Picture: Contributed

Scottish farming’s debt hits record high of £2.3bn

Total outstanding loans to Scotland’s agricultural sector have risen by £113 million over the past 12 months, an increase of 5 per cent, to a record figure of £2.32 billion, official statistics have revealed.

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