The importance of securing an agricultural workforce and a Brexit deal with the EU was rammed home to new UK environment secretary Theresa Villiers on her first official visit north of the border.
The nomination process for new EU commissioners is going smoothly, although the appointments have to be ratified by the European Parliament.
Scottish farmers will soon wave goodbye to paper passports for cattle once a new electronic identification (EID) system, tracking cattle throughout their entire life, comes into force.
An outbreak of the virus which has taken only 12 months to wipe out almost half of China’s pig herd – the equivalent of the EU’s entire production – is likely to occur in the UK within a year, a UK Government minister has admitted.
Farmland has come on the market at the foot of the Angus Glens and in Glendevon in Perth and Kinross.
The political appetite for renewable energy and on-shore wind farms is strong in Scotland, and renewable energy developers have on-shore wind farm acquisition back in their sights.
The reputation of Incheoch genetics attracted buyers from Ireland, Wales, Wiltshire and Caithness to the McGowan family’s 12th on-farm sale of rams, bulls and heifers in Glenisla.
Trade held up well on the year at Kelso Ram Sales, with an 81% clearance and a total of 4,191 rams selling for an average price of £697.55, up by £16 on the 2018 sale, albeit for 200 fewer sold.
The licence for glyphosate in the EU does not expire until December 2022, but the future of the product is under increasing threat as a result of political decisions.
More than 25,000 store lambs and breeding sheep passed through United Auctions sale rings at Stirling in the last few days, with a centre record set at the sale of 13,485 females.