When Englishman Charles Darwin published Origin of the Species in November 1859, his theory of evolution by ‘natural selection’ made humans rethink their place in the world.
The high stakes involved in farm tenancy reform reached a climax this weekend when Scotland’s lairds made a last-ditch attempt to influence the Land Reform (Scotland) Bill that will get its final hearing in parliament on Wednesday.
It hardly feels like a month since I last sat down at my computer to write for The Courier. It has past in a blur of activity around the farm and beyond. The highlight for myself was a trip last weekend to the stunning Isle of Lewis. This came about when I was invited to judge an open stock judging completion organised by the Lewis and Harris Sheep Producers Association. Their hospitality and kindness was overwhelming and that, along with the stunning scenery, will ensure a return visit in the near future.
Ian Galloway CBE, one of the towering figures of Scottish agriculture, has died after a short illness. He was 75.
More than 200 politically minded farmers will converge in a hotel on the outskirts of St Andrews today and tomorrow for the annual meeting of Scotland’s farmers’ union.
Scottish farmers may be better off leaving fields fallow rather than growing cereals this summer.
A bumper harvest has resulted in a pre-tax profit of £2.1 million and a turnaround in financial fortunes for Cupar-based Kettle Produce Limited, a major supplier of fresh produce to UK supermarkets.
A Perthshire farmer who manages his farm to cope with regular flooding has hit out at Sepa for its inflexible approach to river management.
Dundee company Stoneridge Electronics stayed in the red last year due to foreign exchange rates negatively impacting on performance.
The boardroom revolution at Dundee’s Alliance Trust has claimed its highest profile casualty after chairman Karin Forseke revealed she was stepping down after four years.