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Food Chain Policy Manager's Blog 7 December 2016

This Christmas – as with just about every Christmas before -  farmers, crofters and growers are likely to be at home and still be hard at work writes NFU Scotland’s Food Chains Policy Manager John Armour Even I will be milking cows and feeding calves at my parents farm on Christmas day.  While we have the tradition of harvest thanksgiving in our rural communities in Scotland, it doesn’t cut through society in the same way that Thanksgiving does in the United States of America (USA).  
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Crofting Policy Manager's Blog 10 November 2016

Tonight (Thursday 10 November) will see the first screening of a new film ‘Grazing on the Edge’ at the Aros Centre, Portree on the Isle of Skye writes NFU Scotland's Crofting Policy Manager Lucy Sumsion.This short film about Skye Common Graziers, Young Farmers, their sheepdogs and a sheep will highlight the importance of upland land use for agricultural, communities and environmental benefits.Beautifully shot on the Trotternish Ridge and surrounding area on Skye, the film features NFUS members as well as the NFUS Group Secretary there, Jake Sayles.
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Parliamentary Officer's Blog 3 November 2016

Following a summer that was punctuated with the seismic EU referendum result, the quieter start to the autumn was welcome, with the ‘ground-shifting’ stuff being left to farmers and growers who have now finished off a successful harvest for another year. This period of ‘business as usual’ has been short-lived, as we look ahead to the start of the UK’s exit from the European Union from April 2017 onwards.
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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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