Russian, American, Scandinavian and French buyers are currently snapping up around 60% of the Scottish estates that come on the market, often in private deals.
The Scottish Government’s plans to create a single agency for forestry have met with a new strand of opposition, this time from the Forestry Commission Trade Unions (FCTU).
Food Standards Scotland (FSS) has welcomed the introduction of “any process” which would improve the traceability of food and ensure it was what it claimed to be.
A west Fife farm which achieved outstanding wheat yields in one of its worst-performing fields in 2017 has signed up to the Yield Enhancement Network (Yen) programme in a bid to match or even better its results.
New entrant and young farmer start-up grants worth £4.2 million were announced last night by the Scottish Government.
The farming sector’s reliance on subsidy support to make ends meet and the potentially devastating impact of Brexit on the beef and sheep sector were highlighted at a seminar in Perth.
The paperwork which underpins the financial support for Scottish agriculture has gone live on the Government’s rural payments website and farmers have been urged to complete their Single Applications Forms (SAF) as soon as possible.
A key Defra civil servant painted a bleak picture of a broken and inefficient British farming system, then outlined the challenges of designing new policy which would create a better future for the industry.
Scotland’s farmers’ union yesterday called on all UK governments to cooperate to ensure producers across the country operated in an equitable environment.
One of Scotland’s biggest landowners has offered 13 of its tenant farmers who are on secure tenancy agreements the opportunity to buy their land.