Articles by Bob Carruth

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Bew Review Must Deliver for Scotland on Convergence

NFU Scotland has repeated its position that Scotland’s farm funding shortfall of almost £190 million must be addressed in the current Review of Intra-UK Allocation of Domestic Farm Funding, being led by Lord Bew.



NFU Scotland Puts Farmers and Crofters at Centre of Vision for a Good Food Nation

NFU Scotland has submitted a response to the Scottish Government’s Good Food Nation consultation, setting out its vision for a Scotland which values Scottish farmers and crofters as producers of high-quality, local food.



UK Unions Seek Support from European Farmers on Need to Avoid ‘No Deal’ Brexit

Faced with ongoing division amongst politicians and continued uncertainty, the Presidents of NFU Scotland, Ulster Farmers’ Union, NFU and NFU Cymru have written to the presidents of farming unions in Europe stating their unequivocal position that a no deal exit would be economically disastrous, and that it is in every nation’s interest that we avoid a catastrophic, disorderly exit of the UK from the EU.



UK Farming Unions and IFA Discuss Brexit

In advance of the European Council meeting on 10 April, where an extension to Article 50 could be agreed, the NFU Scotland has met with its UK farming counterparts – NFU and NFU Cymru – at a summit in Co Fermanagh hosted by the Ulster Farmers’ Union. The Irish Farmers Association also joined discussions on the impact of the UK leaving the EU without a deal.



Plant Protection Blow for Scottish Growers

Reports that the European Standing Committee on Plants, Animals, Food and Feed (SCoPAFF) has voted against renewing the approval of fungicide chlorothalonil will rob Scottish growers of a vital plant protection product.



Single Application Form Window to Open

With the Single Application Form (SAF) window opening tomorrow (Friday 15 March), NFU Scotland is encouraging crofters and farmers to prioritise filling out their forms online before the 15 May deadline.



Tariff Reduction Proposals Undermine UK Food Security

Publication of the Government’s tariff schedule in the event of a no-deal Brexit has further exposed the catastrophic impact that a no deal would have on the nation’s farming; food and drink sectors and the wider rural economy.



Scottish Farmers Tackling Climate Change on the Agenda at Scottish Labour Party Conference

NFU Scotland addressed the impact of climate change on Scottish farms and crofts when it hosted a fringe event at the 2019 Scottish Labour Party Conference in Dundee.



Heartbreak as Orkney Member Scammed out of Five-Figure Sum

NFU Scotland is urging its members to remain vigilant as fraudulent telephone scams continue to target the farming community.



Arbitrary Sheep Ageing Rules not to change as a result of Brexit Uncertainty

The Scottish sheep sector this week received confirmation from the UK Government that it was unlikely to introduce a change to sheep ageing for the purposes of TSE controls.


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