Scotland’s rural affairs secretary Fergus Ewing has accused the prime minister of trying to renege on his promise to return £160 million of EU convergence funds to Scottish farmers.
The bulk of this year’s harvest still needs to be cut, driving fears that spring barley, oilseed rape, wheat and oats will all ripen at the same time, putting pressure on manpower and equipment.
The ANM Group has launched a major campaign in Angus and Perthshire to attract new livestock business for its Thainstone Mart at Inverurie.
Scotland’s sheep industry brushed aside dire predictions of post-Brexit annihilation yesterday and quietly got on with the business of selling and buying lambs at one of the country’s landmark sales.
Kinross Show has rarely been beaten by the weather in its 179-year history but last weekend, for the first time in living memory, torrential rain stopped the organisers in their tracks.
Changes have been proposed to the seed potato Safe Haven assurance scheme which would mean Brown Rot and Epitrix would be covered on top of the existing Ring Rot and Dickeya.
Plant scientists have warned that unless the industry unites in its efforts to stop the spread of potato cyst nematode (CPN) there will be no Scottish potato sector left in 25 years’ time.
As the potato industry comes to terms with the loss of diquat and the likelihood CIPC will follow, core chemicals and possible alternative solutions will be the focus at today’s Potatoes in Practice event at Balruddery Farm on the outskirts of Dundee.
One animal dwarfed all the competition in Perth Show’s livestock rings on the city’s South Inch, and went on to win the day’s supreme champion of champions honour.
As much as an extra £1 billion of farm support would come to Scotland if the proposed formula for divvying up UK agriculture funds outlined by Westminster’s Scottish Affairs Committee was applied to current budgets.