The failure of Westminster politicians to agree on an EU withdrawal plan prompted most rural leaders to reiterate their fears of a no-deal scenario and repeat familiar demands for frictionless trade with Europe, equivalence in the standard of imports and access to seasonal and permanent workers.
Alarm bells over the threats to the global milk industry from the rise in veganism and animal welfare activism rang out repeatedly during two full days at the Semex dairy conference in Glasgow.
Scotland’s Rural Secretary Fergus Ewing travelled to London yesterday in a last-ditch appeal to the Westminster Government to take a no-deal Brexit option off the table to prevent economic “disaster”, while in Glasgow Defra Minister George Eustice brushed difficulties aside and described such an outcome as no more than “turbulent”.
Many parts of Scotland have become familiar through use in film and television productions.
A no-deal Brexit could prove to be good news for many Scottish farmers, according to a leading rural adviser.
Local cereals growers have been told to count their blessings because they can look forward to the prospect of growing demand for their produce regardless of the final Brexit outcome.
A “screeching U-turn” on cuts to Less Favoured Areas Support Scheme (LFASS) payments hijacked a Holyrood debate on the future of rural policy yesterday.
Meat processing company AP Jess plunged further into the red last year as it continued to deal with the impact of a major fire at one of its manufacturing plants in 2017.
All three contenders for NFU Scotland’s (NFUS) vice-presidential roles have pledged, if elected, to do more to counter the negative image of farming in the general media.
CCTV is to become mandatory in all Scottish abattoirs.