Vegetable producers fear the seasonal workers who are now on their way home to Eastern Europe after a summer in the fields will not return to Scotland next spring.
The first tranche of the long-awaited European convergence cash will be distributed to active farmers via a complex formula, the detail of which is still being worked out by the Scottish Government.
A farming business which bought more than 1,200 acres of land near Dundee in 2014 and started producing milk just four years ago has launched farmland on the market for £5 million.
Producers in the hills and uplands look set to be the main beneficiaries of the initial £80 million of convergence funds to be distributed by the Scottish Government.
One of the most scenic national ploughing matches ever to be held in Scotland attracted thousands of spectators to the “golden fringe” of the East Neuk over the weekend.