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Director of Policy Blog - 31 January 2017

Headline farm income figures may suggest things are turning around but they always require careful interpretation writes NFU Scotland's Director of Policy Jonnie Hall. According to the Scottish Government, Total Income from Farming (TIFF) is estimated to have increased by £96 million in 2016, after two years of decline. The Chief Statistician in the Scottish Government today published Total Income from Farming Estimates for Scotland 2014-2016 - http://www
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Parliamentary Officer's Blog - 17 January 2017

The Prime Minister, Theresa May MP delivered a speech this afternoon in which she set out the key principles she will stick to in the upcoming negotiation withdrawing the UK from the EU writes NFU Scotland's Parliamentary Officer Clare Slipper. It was not a ‘blueprint for Brexit’ with the Prime Minister not showing her hand on the detail and issues that will be integral to the central negotiation.
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Chief Executive's New Year Message - 30 December 2016

For our members, 2016 has been a torrid time writes NFU Scotland’s Chief Executive Scott Walker in his New Year Message.
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CEO's Blog 20 December 2016

The First Minister of Scotland, Nicola Sturgeon has today (20 December) set out her proposals for Scotland's future relations with Europe after Brexit writes NFU Scotland’s Chief Executive Scott Walker.The document lays out the case for the UK, as a whole, to remain within the European Single Market and within the EU Customs Union.  
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Guest Farmer Blog – 20 December 2016

One of the opportunities afforded to NFU Scotland members each year the chance to participate in a Brussels study trip that gives you a fantastic insight into the workings of the European machine writes Peter Douglas, Ruletownhead Farm, near Jedburgh. With the historic Brexit vote in June, article 50 set to be triggered in March and the potential for many years of negotiations, Brussels will remain a very important institution for Scotland, making this year’s trip one not to miss – which is what we nearly did!
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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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