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President's Blog 8 July 2014

Not all the numbers are negative even if the pain is very real for the beef sector. The consumer has not walked away from steaks and mince as the consumption trends indicate. Households are in fact spending more on beef but getting a smaller basket.
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President's Blog - 9 June 2014

In Scotland, with a historic support system still in place, the 2013 Ciolos reform is the biggest change for agriculture since the UK joined the EU.                                                     
6 weeks 2 days - read this blog »

Vice President's Blog - 5 June 2014

The long awaited CAP announcement from Richard Lochhead will appear in less than a weeks’ time.We seem to have been waiting for this for years and now the final frantic throws from all with an interest in the issue are coming thick and fast.  Screaming, ranting, calming, panicking are all part of the landscape - everyone trying to get themselves the best deal with very limited budget.Throw into the mix the fact that nearly all commodities are feeling the pressure of price reductions from processors, retailers and ultimately from consumers.
6 weeks 6 days - read this blog »

President's Blog

The CAP Reform process has meandered through uncertainty for almost three years leaving all involved fatigued and desperate for some final resolution.In the past few weeks, the headlines on coupling have pulled us one way - dashing our hopes for additional coupling - and then raising expectation that a deal may be done.   It is no wonder people are confused and uncertain on what Scotland may be able to do.
12 weeks 4 hours - read this blog »

President's Blog 24 April 2014

The Agricultural Holdings Review Group have outlined an ambitious  vision for the future of Scotland’s tenanted sector - developing tenancy structures which are fit for purpose, a more collaborative environment and opening up opportunities for both new and growing businesses.Beneath the vision are hard issues like section 13 and the Absolute Right to Buy which divide the sector.  Issues that must be addressed.
12 weeks 6 days - read this blog »

Committee Chairman's Blog 4 April 2014

This week has gone a long way to highlighting how frustrating the European machine can be.  It had me chasing Commission officials through the corridors of power this week but leaves me no clearer on crucial CAP issues.I have been attending the Working Parties on Cereals and Oilseeds and Proteins Advisory group since I took on the role of Combinable Crop Chair three years ago.These meetings are quarterly and made up of working farmers and Policy Professionals from all the EU farming unions which make up Copa (European Farmers) and Cogeca (European Agri- Cooperatives)
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