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Scottish Farmers Can Shape Future of CAP

Scotland’s farmers are being presented with another opportunity to help shape the future of the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) as the Scottish Government launches its consultation on the EU Commission’s proposals for the Policy today (Tuesday 31 January).



Output Growth Highlight of Farm Income Figures

NFU Scotland has welcomed the growth in Scottish farm output but points out that rising input costs and the continued importance of public support are important features of the Scottish Farm Income Estimates for 2011, published by the Scottish Government today (Tuesday, 31 January).



Union Calls for Support Payment Flexibility

NFU Scotland has written to the Scottish Government calling for a more flexible payment system to be factored into future support payment arrangements.



Happy Lantern-Free Chinese New Year

NFU Scotland has joined farming organisations across the UK in wishing well all those who celebrate the Chinese New Year, which officially begins today (Monday 23 January), but has urged all those taking part to resist the temptation to light ‘sky lanterns’ as part of the festivities.



EU Must Learn From Laying Cage Ban Say Pig Producers

NFU Scotland has met EU Commission animal welfare staff asking that lessons be learned from the debacle that surrounded recent laying hen legislation ahead of the deadline for implementation of similar welfare-driven rules on sow stalls at the end of 2012.



Scottish Sector Watching Proposed Dairy Deal

NFU Scotland has had discussions with representatives of the East Kilbride-based milk processor Robert Wiseman Dairies after confirmation that the company is subject to a bid from Müller Dairy (UK).



Ian Steps Back into NFUS Regional Manager Role

NFU Scotland has welcomed back Ian Wilson to the post of Regional Manager.  Previously Regional Manager for the Highlands, Ian will now take on an expanded role that also includes Orkney and Shetland.



NFUS Welcomes Open Dialogue with Defra on CAP

NFU Scotland has welcomed renewed open dialogue with Defra and the UK Government following a visit by Defra Secretary of State Caroline Spelman and Scottish Secretary Michael Moore to NFUS President Nigel Miller’s farm at Stow in the Scottish Borders.



NFUS Slams Poor Stats on Laying Cage Ban Compliance

NFU Scotland will be in Brussels next week urging Commission officials to learn lessons from the debacle surrounding implementation of the laying cage ban.



Union Welcomes Defra CAP Commitment

NFU Scotland has welcomed a renewed commitment from Defra Secretary of State Caroline Spelman to show positive leadership on reform of the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) when she spoke at a major agricultural conference in Oxford today (Thursday, 5 January). 


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