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Scottish Election 2016: What are the parties saying?NFU Scotland members may rightly think that not a year has gone by in recent memory without at least one visit to a polling station. However, with agriculture, food and drink policy and rural development all being devolved to the Scottish Parliament, the interests of our industry in the election on Thursday 5 May are clear.
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President's Blog 30 March 2016

Last week I used this blog to say that farmers must be valued in the supply chain, and we must be proud of the provenance story which we provide to the food and drink industry.Today I want to talk about provenance once more. Scotland is home to thousands of farms, each with their own story, their own name and their own specialisation.  And virtually every one of them has bought in to our Scottish ‘farm assured’ message.
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President's blog - 22 March 2016

Last week at Scotland’s Food and Drink Conference I had the pleasure of providing closing remarks.The conference was dominated with the positive story that our food and drink industry had grown at an amazing pace over the last decade and that new ambitious companies were finding fantastic success. It was quite right that the tone was positive – our food has a unique story and it’s a story which we have to shout about far and wide.
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CEO's Blog - 9 March 2016

Let me explain why our rally at Holyrood went ahead last week and what we achieved in our lobbying effforts with Scottish GovernmentThe intervention by the First Minister last week means we finally know now when every farmer and crofter in Scotland will receive part payment of their much needed Basic Payment, Greening Payment, LFASS and beef coupled payments.  
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President's Blog - 4 March

The shift on LFASS payments must only be a stepping stone and I ask all farmers, crofters and associated trades to join us at our rally at the Scottish Parliament on 10 March at 11am as we impress on MSPs the need for more action to be taken.
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Chief Executive's blog - 26 February 2016

The heat has been turned up again this week on the Scottish Government over their failure to deliver CAP payments to farmers, crofters and growers.  Once more, First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has tried to defend the criticisms aimed at her Cabinet Secretary Richard Lochhead and her government over their failure to deliver much-needed vital payments and the severe cash flow problems this is causing farm businesses and the rural economy.
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