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Exchange Rate Boosts Support Payments for 2016

The exchange rate to be used to calculate support to be delivered through Scotland’s new Basic Payment Scheme is €1= £0.85228.



Animal Health and Welfare Policy Manager Penny Johnston's Blog 29 September 2016

Scottish Government’s decision to no longer allow Scottish farmers and crofters to link the holdings on which they will keep cattle, for the purposes of recording movements, is a cause for concern that could lead to problems for many cattle keepers.Indeed, in the North East, producers have already taken their worries about the changes direct to their MSP.



Women Working in Agriculture Urged to Complete Survey

As the deadline approaches for a Women in Agriculture online survey, NFU Scotland is encouraging women from across the industry, no matter what role they play in the farm business, to take time to complete it.



Milk Buyers Must Move Now on Milk Price

NFU Scotland is calling on all milk purchasers in Scotland to immediately recognise the strength of current dairy markets and quickly return Scotland’s dairy farmers to profitable production.



Call For MSPs to Challenge Officials on CAP IT Failure

NFU Scotland has urged MSPs to use the opportunity to challenge Scottish Government officials over the flawed delivery of CAP support in 2015, and to seek assurances on what is being done to deliver 2016 payments.



Union Stresses Importance of Agricultural Industry Ahead of Parliamentary Debate

NFU Scotland has stressed the importance of Scotland’s farmers and crofters to the Scottish economy and all of the downstream and ancillary rural industries that they underpin ahead of a parliamentary debate on Scotland’s rural economy and the Brexit negotiation on Tuesday 27 September.



Cattle Movement Changes from Scottish Government

Scottish Government has announced that significant changes to Scotland’s system of recording cattle movements are to be introduced at the end of the year.



Farmers to Take to Clydebank to Promote Fine Scottish Produce

Farmers from Forth and Clyde region will be taking to their local Aldi store in Clydebank this weekend to encourage shoppers to support the industry and buy Scottish produce available on their doorsteps.



Agricultural Wage Negotiations in New Timeframe

Scottish Land & Estates and NFU Scotland have welcomed the decision by the Scottish Agricultural Wages Board (SAWB) to change the effective date of annual changes to the Scottish Agricultural Minimum Wage rate.



Director of Policy's Blog 19 September 2016

As thinking on the future design of agricultural policy in the UK and Scotland begins to emerge, a fundamental policy choice has resurfaced in the wake of the EU referendum.Should we go back to the future – decoupled or coupled support?First and foremost, the UK will REMAIN a Member State of the European Union until it is not! Until such times as Brexit is complete, farm support will still be governed by the current Common Agricultural Policy, and all that goes with it by way of budgets, compliance, inspections and all.  


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