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CEO's Blog - 30 June 2016

Today you might have been one of the many who had a near miss while working on your farm or croft.  Most farmers and crofters if being honest will be able to recall an incident that so nearly resulted in them having a serious accident.  But for 80 men, women and children they weren’t as fortunate as it wasn’t a near miss they had.  In the last 10 years, 80 people have lost their lives on Scottish farms.  Everyone wants to return home to their family at the end of a hard working day.  No-one sets out with the intention of having an accident but it can hap
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Parliamentary Officer Clare Slipper's blog - 24 June 2016

After a night of twists and turns, the result is final. The UK has voted to leave the European Union, by a slim majority of 52% to 48%. Turnout was 72%.  Of course, this doesn’t mean we have awoken today as an independent UK. Rather, the result now symbolises a mandate given to the Prime Minister to trigger Article 50 of the European Union, where a Member State will negotiate the terms of its exit.
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Food Chains Policy Manager, John Armour's Blog 14 June 2016

Last Monday I was watching the One Show on BBC One when presenter Matt Baker made a passionate plea that we, as a nation, should value milk more than we do. He stated that milk should not be cheaper than water.Of course Matt Baker is from a farming family, and as a past chairman of the English & Welsh Young Farmers, he knows the impact that the downturn in commodity markets is having on many hard working farming families across the UK.
2 weeks 2 days - read this blog »

Former NFU Scotland President Nigel Miller's Blog

Scotland’s Beef Efficiency Scheme (BES) has been launched into a difficult farming environment where most businesses have been drained by the combined weight of weather, failing markets and the uncertainties of a new CAP support framework.With applications to the scheme closing on 15 June, that overload of economic and bureaucratic pressure is not a good seed bed for new initiatives or schemes!
3 weeks 1 day - read this blog »

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.
5 weeks 8 hours - read this blog »

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.
6 weeks 11 hours - read this blog »

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