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Clock Ticking on NVZ Slurry Storage Requirements

NFU Scotland is urging all livestock farmers within Scotland’s Nitrate Vulnerable Zones (NVZ) to ensure that they have the required slurry storage on their farm before the three-year exemption period for storage runs out on 1 January, 2012.



Union Meets Secretary of State as New Chapter of Dialogue Opens

An NFU Scotland delegation took encouragement from the UK Government's willingness to engage with Scotland on ongoing Common Agricultural Policy discussions following a meeting in Westminster today (Wednesday 30 march).  The group also left the meeting having had a positive discussion around the establishment of the supermarket adjudicator.



Calf Scheme Figures Good News for Beef Herd

NFU Scotland has welcomed confirmation that Scotland’s beef herd is on the rise following an increase in successful claims made to the Scottish Beef Calf Scheme (SBCS).   According to Scottish Government figures, approximately 422,500 calves were claimed in 2010 - around 16,500 more than in 2009. 



Protecting Scotland’s Livestock from Bluetongue

Three years ago, Scotland and Great Britain's response to the threat of Bluetongue virus (BTV) united our livestock producers, politicians and vets in the common goal of keeping our country free from this devastating livestock disease.



Renewables Group Focussing Union Activity

A new working group established by NFU Scotland is tackling the many issues and challenges that farmers face when tapping in to the growing renewable energy sector.



Memorial To Women’s Land Army to be Sited in Moray

A memorial to commemorate the work undertaken by thousands of women during WWII is planned to be sited in Moray. The Land Army Memorial Scotland (LAMS) charitable trust has identified a site, kindly donated by The Crown Estate, on their Fochabers estate, on which to establish the memorial.



Animal Declaration Link to Outstanding LFA Payments

While many Scottish hill and upland farmers have now received lifeline support through the Less Favoured Areas Support Scheme, it has emerged that many of those still awaiting payment for the 2010 scheme may not have completed necessary paperwork, due to have been returned in October 2009.



Budget Result on Fuel as Government Does Its ‘Duty’

NFU Scotland and other organisations’ concerted efforts to encourage the UK Government to scrap the planned fuel duty increase and introduce a fair fuel stabiliser have paid off and should help to ease the financial stranglehold around the necks of many farming businesses and rural communities.



Funding Changes Could Lead to Better Scheme Access

NFU Scotland believes the Scottish Government announcement on funding changes for agri-environment projects should open the door to easier access for all small scale applications to the Rural Priorities scheme – something which NFUS has been arguing for since 2009.



TFF Welcomes Holdings Consultation

Scotland’s Tenant Farming Forum (TFF), which aims to promote a healthy tenanted farm sector in Scotland, has given its welcome to the publication of the Scottish Government consultation on the Agricultural Holdings (Amendment) (Scotland) Bill.


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