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Parliamentary Officer's Blog 26 May 2016

The lull that typically tends to follow an election is now past and the ‘winds of change’ are blowing through Holyrood.The First Minister’s Cabinet reshuffle last week gave us some surprises, not least because it was preceded by the resignation of our long serving Cabinet Secretary Richard Lochhead the evening before.
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CEO's Blog 19 May 2016

In a damning report, Audit Scotland’s latest review of the CAP Futures programme, an IT enabled change programme that started in 2012 to implement Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) reforms in Scotland, states that it continues to have serious cost and operational issues, and is unlikely to ever deliver value for money.
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Vice President's Blog - 16 May 2016

The beef sector is going through a particularly difficult time now.So here is something to help suckled calf producers.The recently announced Beef Efficiency Scheme (BES) application period from Scottish Government offers a very short window to apply for additional funding for something that we are, in the main, doing already.
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Parliamentary Officer's Blog

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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