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President's Blog 14 October 2016

Unilever and Tesco have been embroiled in a very public dispute over the prices of some well-known household brands.While for most people this appears to be a negotiation between two massive, faceless, corporate giants, to us farmers there is another dimension – the impact of supermarket food deflation.Unilever appear to be taking the stance, from an outsider’s perspective, that in a volatile global market, compounded by the currency impact of ‘Brexit’, price cannot constantly go one way – down.
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East Lothian Branch Chairman's Blog 11 October 2016

The start of October sees farmers in East Lothian frantically trying to get all the autumn sowing completed, tatties being lifted and the very last of harvest 2106 being gathered in, with beans being the only crop still standing awaiting the combine knife.With this being an Olympic year, this year’s harvest would get a bronze medal on the podium compared to the previous two years.And the first harvest estimates from across the whole of Scotland back that up.
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Animal Health and Welfare Policy Manager Penny Johnston's Blog 29 September 2016

Scottish Government’s decision to no longer allow Scottish farmers and crofters to link the holdings on which they will keep cattle, for the purposes of recording movements, is a cause for concern that could lead to problems for many cattle keepers. Indeed, in the North East, producers have already taken their worries about the changes direct to their MSP.
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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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