It takes less than a darkening December hour on the freezing slopes of Ruthven farm to appreciate how exposed this Glenlivet unit is to the driving wind and snow.
The James Hutton Institute (JHI) lost almost half its external income in the year ended March 31, 2017 and has warned of the financial challenges it now faces.
Muller, the main milk buyer in the north and north east, has slashed the price it will pay to farmers from January by 1.5p per litre.
A third report on post-Brexit priorities for rural Scotland and the farming industry has delivered the same unequivocal advice as its predecessors.
Defra Secretary Michael Gove yesterday announced that future farm support south of the Border would be simplified, focused on environmental measures and far removed from the “burdensome” demands of the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP).
The tortured process of securing approval for the future use of glyphosate finally reached a positive outcome for mainstream European agriculture yesterday, but won only a grudging welcome from industry leaders.
The Chancellor’s plans to facilitate the building of 300,000 new homes by the mid-2020s have been welcomed by specialist rural insurer NFU Mutual which said they could lead to opportunities for farmers.
Two of Scotland’s core agricultural institutes have announced a new collaboration which will focus on improving the health of the nation’s livestock to support long term food safety and security.
Senior Westminster politicians believe Scotland is prepared to “go to war” over hill farming and sheep subsidies, according to Scotland’s Rural Secretary Fergus Ewing.
Tough new European proposals for further restrictions on neonicotinoid pesticides have been backed by Defra Secretary Michael Gove, in his vision for a “Green Brexit”.