Environment Secretary Theresa Villiers has confirmed hormone-treated beef and chlorine-washed chicken will not be allowed into the UK under any trade deal with the United States.
Farm leaders have called for a UK-wide emergency support package for beef producers.
A measure that would secure as much as £2 million of Scottish meat promotion funding has been proposed by the Scottish Government after Westminster’s Agriculture Bill failed to pass through Parliament.
The importance of securing an agricultural workforce and a Brexit deal with the EU was rammed home to new UK environment secretary Theresa Villiers on her first official visit north of the border.
An outbreak of the virus which has taken only 12 months to wipe out almost half of China’s pig herd – the equivalent of the EU’s entire production – is likely to occur in the UK within a year, a UK Government minister has admitted.
Defra Secretary of State Theresa Villiers has failed to give details of any no-deal Brexit agricultural intervention schemes, but said the UK Government stands ready to act swiftly if sector support is needed.
Scotland’s rural affairs secretary Fergus Ewing has accused the prime minister of trying to renege on his promise to return £160 million of EU convergence funds to Scottish farmers.
A Tayside MSP has warned a recent upturn in exports of Scottish soft fruit could collapse if an expected worker drought comes true.
Scottish meat wholesalers have pledged to be in the vanguard of selling beef to lucrative new markets in China by the end of this year.
UK farm incomes decreased in 2018 due to rising costs and a drop in the value of potatoes and oilseed rape.