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President's Blog 21 November 2014

Richard Lochhead launched his Agricultural Holdings Legislation Review Group into a difficult environment.   Although the Group was tasked with assessing the value of an Absolute Right to Buy for ’91 act tenancies and addressing the conflict that surrounded rent determination (Section 13), the terms of reference were far wider and more ambitious.  
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President's Blog 4 November 2014

The shape of Scottish politics seems ragged in the aftermath of the referendum with only the SNP maintaining momentum and a sense of purpose.In that melting pot of opinion, personalities and policy Lord Smith needs a cool head to forge consensus and direction in a matter of weeks. His task can change the core of Scotland’s democracy and shake up the jigsaw of power within the United Kingdom. 
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NFU Scotland Milk Committee Chairman's Blog

At times of crisis, it is always easy to focus on blame.While looking for immediate action and support, it is always important to bear in mind that dairy farmers and dairy processors must also take responsibility and consider the decisions we make for our own businesses.  Now is not the time to blame - how we weather the current storm is what is most important.Whatever you think about the current levels of production, milk price and whatever production or volume bonuses are available are still the main drivers.
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President's Blog - 16 September 2014

The referendum has kindled a new passion in politics in almost every Scottish home and work place.  The independence question has overwhelmed the media and brought a feast of analysis and speculation. The potential of a ‘yes’ vote has now injected feverish energy into both campaigns, sending a shock wave through the rest of the UK.  With 48 hours left for campaigning, there is a mix of adrenaline, exhaustion and expectation driving the well-rehearsed noise and colour.
10 weeks 6 hours - read this blog »

President's Blog - 25 August 2014

Our suckler cow herd underpins a quarter of Scottish farming output and is a cornerstone of the rural economy.We have exported the best beef in the world and provided many of the world’s largest beef producers with their genetics. We can rightly be proud of our national herd but we need to use the beef support package the Cabinet Secretary has offered and the recent Beef 2020 report to build the cattle sector of tomorrow.
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President's Blog 6 August 2014

The Red Tape review, published this week by Brian Pack, has been the most intense and wide ranging audit of regulation, enforcement and the culture of our agencies and auditors ever carried out in the Scottish agricultural sector.The outcomes identified and the recommendations for change mapped out by Brian have the potential to touch every farm, croft and land manager. The impact on day-to-day management could be as significant as CAP reform and turn back the tide of escalating regulation.
15 weeks 6 days - read this blog »

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