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NFUS Awaits EU Tractor Proposals with Interest

New European Commission proposals to simplify agricultural and forestry vehicle laws and improve safety have been welcomed in principle by NFU Scotland, although the Union awaits further details to ascertain whether they will present unnecessary cost and red tape.



Farming Leaders Meet with Treasury Chief

The farming leaders of NFU Scotland and NFU England and Wales have met with the UK Government’s Chief Secretary to the Treasury, Danny Alexander MP in London today (Wednesday, 28 July) to discuss the central role that rural businesses continue to play in the nation’s economic recovery.  



Union Supports Plans for BVD Eradication Scheme

NFU Scotland, following extensive consultation with its members has come out in support of plans for a national eradication scheme for Bovine Viral Diarrhoea (BVD).



CAP Conference Sets the Scene for Reform Debate

European citizens will have a greater role in shaping the forthcoming reforms to the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) than in any previous revisions of the CAP judging by discussions at a major scene-setting conference in Brussels.



Road Map Opportunity to Strip Out Livestock Costs

NFU Scotland has welcomed the publication of a second European Road Map that offers several new opportunities to strip out some of the costs to Scotland’s livestock sector associated with eradicating Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy (BSE).



Union Opens Debate on Dog Threat to Animal Health

NFU Scotland has met with key stakeholders to discuss the threat posed to the health of Scotland’s farm animals by working and pet dogs being exercised in the countryside.



European GM Proposals Add Confusion Not Clarity

NFU Scotland believes European Commission proposals to nationalise the approvals process for planting genetically modified organisms (GMOs) could rob Europe of a common position on GMs and drive confusion into the debate on the role of GM in agriculture rather than adding clarity.



CAP Budget Should Not be Diminished, say MEPs

Members of the European Parliament voted mostly in favour of Scottish MEP George Lyon’s resolution on the future of the Common Agricultural Policy post 2013 at a plenary session in Strasbourg today.  The main themes of the report relate to CAP budget; fair distribution of CAP funds; competitive agriculture; recognising EU food quality; protection against market and climactic fluctuations, and preservation of rural development funds.



Clear Message on the Use of Red Diesel at Agricultural Shows

NFU Scotland and NFU have worked with HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) to clarify the use of red diesel at agricultural shows.



Renewables Event Hailed as Great Success

North East farmers turned out in droves to the recent NFU Scotland renewable energy event, confirming that interest in on-farm energy generation has reached new levels.


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