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18 February 2015 - President's Blog

If I hadn't appreciated before that stepping up into the President's position would bring greater media scrutiny, I do now. Fastest out of the blocks were Ewan at The Courier and Gemma at the Press and Journal.
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Presdient's Blog - 11 February 2015

David Bowie (no relation!) perhaps summed up life at NFU Scotland right now when he sang about changes. I am very pleased to be elected into the post of President. It will be a huge task to follow Nigel, but also a huge privilege. I appreciate all the support from the council and members in electing me, and, going forward it is certainly going to remain challenging. I look forward to representing members on all sectors and scales.
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President's Blog - 13 January 2015

It is a bleak start to the New Year for milk producers.  The worldwide collapse in dairy commodity values, compounded by the Russian food ban, continues to have a catastrophic impact on the milk price being received by many Scottish dairy farmers. Last week's announcement by the farmer-owned business First Milk underlines the extreme lengths some milk processors are having to undertake to secure their businesses in light of falling powder prices and cheese values. We spoke at length to the First Milk
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Chairman of NFU Scotland’s Livestock Committee Blog

I want to say something about photography and something about a man in a bowler hat.Before you conclude that I have completely lost my marbles, let me explain….
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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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