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News Archive September 2014

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30 September 14 - Exchange Rate Hits Support Payments for 2014

The Scottish Government has today (Tuesday, 30 September) confirmed that the exchange rate to be used to calculate support delivered through the 2014 Single Farm Payment (SFP) Scheme is €1= £0.7773.

24 September 14 - Scottish Government Decisions on Nitrogen Fixing Crops Limit Scotland’s Greening Options

NFU Scotland has expressed deep disappointment at Scottish Government’s decision to impose stringent management restrictions on those hoping to grow nitrogen fixing crops in a bid to meet their greening obligations.

23 September 14 - Farmers Urged to put Employment Contracts in Place

NFU Scotland is reminding agricultural employers to ensure they have an up to date contract of employment in place for employees.  The plea comes on the day that the Scottish Agricultural Wages Board (SAWB) announces new minimum wage rates for the sector.

22 September 14 - Farming Presidents Lead Lobbying Offensive in Brussels

The presidents of the four UK farming unions will be in Brussels this week on a major lobbying offensive.
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19 September 14 - Referendum Platform Must Drive Scottish Farming and Food & Drink Sectors Forward

NFU Scotland believes Scotland’s decision to remain within the United Kingdom must provide a platform to drive our farming and food and drink sectors forward.

17 September 14 - News Release on Behalf of NFU Scotland, Scottish Land & Estates and Scottish Tenant Farmers Association

The three main membership organisations representing landowners and tenants in Scotland said today the industry-led rent review initiative, launched in late July, will be ready to deal with any cases that may arise before November’s rent review term date.

17 September 14 - Greening Dilemma for Scottish Growers

With the harvest completed for most, farmer focus is on cropping plans for the 2015 season.
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17 September 14 - Union Board Backs Rural Lifesaving Initiative

NFU Scotland’s Board of Directors have backed an initiative, which could potentially save lives on farms.
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16 September 14 - Top Notch Line Up of Speakers for Dairy Open Day in Dumfries and Galloway

NFU Scotland is inviting farmers from across the country, in particular those with an interest in dairy, to the Wigtownshire Branch Open day when high-profile speakers will take to the floor.
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09 September 14 - Scottish Chicken Shortfall on Supermarket Shelves as Farmers Lose Contracts

Scottish consumers face the prospect of being unable to buy Scottish chicken in their local supermarket as further cuts to Scottish producers’ contracts are announced.
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08 September 14 - Joint Industry Statement Calls for Scottish Sheepkeepers to Double Tag Older Ewes

The derogation that allows older sheep tagged before 2010 to be moved in batches between businesses will end in January 2015.

08 September 14 - More Than 1,700 NFUS Members Attend Referendum Debates Across Country

NFU Scotland has rounded off its series of referendum debates across the country, held over the last six months, aimed at providing its members with information ahead of the independence vote on September 18.

05 September 14 - Inaugural Meeting of Dyslexia Working Group Held

The inaugural meeting of the Farming with Dyslexia Working Group, led by NFU Scotland, took place earlier this week.
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03 September 14 - Devastating Blow for Scottish Chicken Industry as Free Range Contracts Lost

The Scottish chicken industry has been dealt another damaging blow as all four free range producers contracted to Hook 2 Sisters, the dominant processor in Scotland, have been terminated.
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01 September 14 - Voluntary Ban on Pig Imports from Virus-Hit Countries Must Be Upheld

NFU Scotland is calling on pig breeding companies to play their part in keeping Scotland and Great Britain free from a virus that has had a devastating impact in the United States and has spread to Canada.

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