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News Archive August 2015

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27 August 15 - Innovation and Technology key to Scotland's Biggest Crop

Innovation and technology are key to ensuring Scotland’s biggest crop – barley – can continue to be grown profitably on Scottish farms.

26 August 15 - NFUS welcomes First Minister on farm to discuss farming crisis

The extent of the issues currently facing the whole of the agricultural industry, compounded by the adverse weather this year, were stressed to First Minister Nicola Sturgeon on farm today (Wednesday 26 August).

26 August 15 - Leading organisations issue joint industry guidance on rent reviews

Three leading Scottish agricultural organisations have jointly issued guidance on the important area of rent reviews. The guidance provides an effective framework to minimise any risk to the industry that may arise from conflict around rent increases for tenanted farms.
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25 August 15 - Straw donation to Orkney farmers raises cash for charity

A collective effort between the mainland and Orkney has seen farmers given a chance to bolster their straw supplies whilst raising money for rural charity RSABI.

25 August 15 - Scottish Government challenged over Greening cost and complexity

NFU Scotland has called on the Scottish Government to tackle the cost and complexity of greening and ease the cross-compliance burden on Scotland’s growers.
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24 August 15 - Inverurie consumers show support for Scotch Lamb at NFUS promotional day

Shoppers in Inverurie showed their support for Scotch Lamb PGI at an NFU Scotland promotional day held on Saturday.
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24 August 15 - Dairy and lamb promotional events proves popular

The excellent food produced by Scottish farmers was showcased to the public on Buchanan Street, Glasgow on Sunday, 23 August.
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21 August 15 - Tempting Scottish shoppers to tasty Scotch lamb

Scotland’s farmers are calling on the Scottish public to take the lamb taste test and rediscover what a fantastic, versatile, tasty meat Scotch lamb is.

20 August 15 - Union calls for councils to ban sky lanterns

NFU Scotland has welcomed a county-wide ban for the use of helium balloons and sky lantern releases at public events by Angus Council.

19 August 15 - Farmers Reminded to Apply for Vehicle Dispensation for Wide and Abnormal Loads

NFU Scotland is reminding its members who transport wide and abnormal loads to apply for an agricultural dispensation.

19 August 15 - Scottish Government Urged to Look Again at Active Crofters Over Common Grazings Issue

A number of crofting members from NFU Scotland’s Skye branch have asked the Scottish Government to look again at support scheme rules that will leave them unable to access the new ewe hogg scheme, which opens for applications on 1 September.

17 August 15 - Union Submits Comments on Land Reform Bill

Following extensive consultation with its members – including a series of country-wide meetings – NFU Scotland has submitted its views on the Scottish Government’s draft Land Reform Bill.
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14 August 15 - Retailers must rally behind Red Tractor

UK farming unions have issued jointly a challenge to all retailers to get behind the Red Tractor brand across their whole dairy category.
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14 August 15 - Crucial time for Scotch lamb producers

As Scotland’s annual lamb marketing campaign gathers pace, NFU Scotland is urging consumers to get behind Scotland’s sheep farmers and put some fresh, tasty Scotch lamb on their plates.
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11 August 15 - Vice President Meets Weather-Hit Orkney Producers

NFU Scotland Vice President Rob Livesey has met with producers on Orkney to see first-hand the damage that the poor weather has wreaked on the island’s farmers.
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07 August 15 - NFUS Meets with Minister on Farm to Focus on Land Reform

NFU Scotland met on farm with politicians today (Friday 7 August) in Dumfries and Galloway, as the Union finalises its response to the Land Reform Bill.

06 August 15 - Union Urges Scottish Government to Give Details of Changes for 2016 CAP Simplification

With planting of 2016 crops starting shortly for some, NFU Scotland is urging the Scottish Government to publicise its plans for progressing simplification as part of the Basic Payment Scheme (BPS).

04 August 15 - Union Calls for Agricultural Wages to be Set Under General Law and Abolish SAWB

NFU Scotland is calling for abolition of the Scottish Agricultural Wages Board (SAWB) and for agricultural worker’s pay and conditions to be determined under general employment law.

03 August 15 - Rural Watch Scheme Re-Launches in Dumfries and Galloway

In a bid to tackle agricultural crime in the rural community, a rural watch scheme for Dumfries and Galloway was re-launched on NFU Scotland’s stand at the local agricultural show on Saturday 1 August.

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