UK strawberry growers are being urged to encourage hoverflies into their crops after the latest research indicates they act as pollinators and natural aphid predators.
Opposition MSPs have united to block plans to bring forestry under the direct control of the Scottish Government.
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 impact of last autumn’s challenging weather conditions on Scotland’s arable farmers has been confirmed by official government statistics which show the area of winter-sown cereals dropped by 11% in the year to December 2017.
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.