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Director of Policy's Blog 19 September 2016

As thinking on the future design of agricultural policy in the UK and Scotland begins to emerge, a fundamental policy choice has resurfaced in the wake of the EU referendum.Should we go back to the future – decoupled or coupled support?First and foremost, the UK will REMAIN a Member State of the European Union until it is not! Until such times as Brexit is complete, farm support will still be governed by the current Common Agricultural Policy, and all that goes with it by way of budgets, compliance, inspections and all.  
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Parliamentary Officer's Blog 7 September 2016

Summer recess for Scottish Parliament is well and truly over with First Minister Nicola Sturgeon mapping out a legislative programme that has much for rural Scotland and our agricultural and food sectors to get their teeth into.For the wider rural community, the First Minister prioritised digital connectivity and we await further detail on the delivery plan. Our members around the country are all too aware that rural Scotland has been left woefully behind the central belt when it comes to digital delivery.
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Vice President's Blog 29 August 2016

There has to be new thinking on the way ahead in renewables sector.With the reducing value of Feed In Tariffs (FITs), the Westminster Government has given a clear steer that it no longer intends to support this industry to the same extent.In addition to this, pre-accreditation to protect the longer application process projects is no longer available. This challenges potential developments where there needs to be a larger amount of outlay with no protection on the possible return.
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CEO's Blog 9 August 2016

Not for the first time, I look across at France and wish our Governments would undertake some of the actions that the French are prepared to do to back their farmers and their food industry.  The French Government has shown some mettle and are going to force companies to introduce mandatory country of origin labelling for milk and meat in processed foods.  
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CEO's Blog 26 July 2016

Nicola Sturgeon, Scotland's first minister in a speech on Monday 25 July outlined the key interests she believes must be protected in attempting to secure Scotland's position in Europe.  Amongst the points she said was that "safeguarding free movement of labour, access to a single market of 500 million people and the funding that our farmers depend on" are key issues that need to be protected in attempting to secure Scotland’s position in Europe.  These points align nicely with the commitments we set out for government to take forward as a result of the Bre
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Parliamentary Officer's Blog 12 July 2016

They say a week is a long time in politics. At present, the political picture seems to be shifting by the hour. 
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