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.
As Angus Farmers’ Market gears up for its 20th anniversary, the enterprise is in better shape than ever – thanks to an indoor market-place and diversification.
The Scottish Government has signalled that it is prepared to increase already ambitious targets for new forestry planting and aim for 18,000ha of afforestation per year.
Top-notch seed tattie growers who are keen to make constructive changes to their businesses are being head hunted by the AHDB.
Rural Economy Secretary Fergus Ewing yesterday reiterated his commitment to maintaining Less Favoured Areas Support Scheme (LFASS) funding at the full £65 million level for the next two years.
A national promotional drive has been launched to grow grassroots membership of the farmers’ union from its current standing of 8,500.
Potato enthusiasts from across the country are expected to converge in Coupar Angus on Saturday for the first Strathmore Tattie Day.
At just 29, and already the chairwoman of both the National Sheep Association (NSA) in Scotland and the farmers’ union’s Clydesdale branch, Biggar farmer Jen Craig has shot holes in the charge that women struggle to make an impact in agriculture.
Perthshire Charolais breeder Major David Walter was already planning a big party this summer but the celebrations started early on Saturday when his two-year-old heifer won the Royal Highland Show’s highest cattle award, the beef interbreed championship.
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.