The mainstay fungicide used to control ramularia leaf spot in barley is to be withdrawn for use in Europe, causing farming leaders to warn of a knock-on impact on the entire Scottish food and drink industry.
A stark warning by Europe’s farming unions that planned EU anti-dumping duties on liquid nitrogen fertiliser imports would increase costs for farmers by £1.7 billion over the next five years has been dismissed by a UK fertiliser supplier as a “massive over-statement”.
The challenge for Scotland’s hill farming and conservation interests to speak with more of a “common voice” was one of the headline conclusions to emerge from the launch in Perthshire of a UK-wide series of hill and upland debates.
Despite enormous increases in farm output during the UK’s years in the EU, the country’s recent slip down the productivity league tables is unlikely to be addressed by “making life tougher” for producers.
Scotland’s animal disease surveillance capacity has taken a leap forward with the opening of a £1.6 million centre on the outskirts of Edinburgh.
Concentrated land ownership is causing “significant and long-term damage” to communities in some parts of Scotland, according to a new report by the Scottish Land Commission (SLC).
Trials involving the use of laser beams to keep birds away from crops have shown “great results”, according to a European research consortium which is now planning to test the same approach to keep deer, rabbits and rodents from also causing damage.
Scotland’s livestock auctioneers have launched a campaign to win back business after losing around 20% of prime sheep trade to direct deals between abattoir buyers and farmers in the last year.
Scotland’s long-standing passion for potatoes was in evidence in Perthshire at the weekend when gardeners, allotment owners and self-confessed spud addicts turned out in force for the inaugural Strathmore Tattie Day.
Scottish farmers and crofters are being encouraged to get involved with this year’s Open Farm Sunday (OFS) event.