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Creamery Closure Would Mark Sad Day for Bute

The announcement that dairy company First Milk is proposing to end more than 40 years of cheese-making at its Rothesay creamery marks a sad day for food and farming on the Isle of Bute.



Tenant Farming Forum Provides Rent Review Guidance

Scotland’s Tenant Farming Forum has issued interim guidance to landlords and tenants on how best to conduct hassle-free rent reviews following concerns raised with the Forum over the past six months.



Clearer food labelling one step closer after EU vote

NFU Scotland has praised the European Parliament’s Environment and Consumer Protection Committee for taking one step further in the fight for clearer labelling which would help customers know where the food they are buying was produced.



Award to Recognise Forward-Thinking Farmers

Organisers of the Future Farmer Award, which is funded by the Elizabeth Murray Trust and run in association with NFU Scotland are inviting farmers across Scotland to tell them which groundbreaking practices they are using on their farm. 



Push for Proportionate Penalties at Home and in EU

NFU Scotland’s demand for a more proportionate penalty system for those Scottish farmers who breach support scheme rules is gathering pace at home and at a European level. 



Tenants Reminded to Re-Register for Right to Buy

NFU Scotland is reminding those tenant farmers who have registered an interest in the right to buy the land they farm that some registrations may well be due for renewal.



Activity Solution to Scotland’s Support System Flaws

In its response to an independent inquiry into the support arrangements for Scottish farming, NFU Scotland has acknowledged the flaws in the current system and proposed solutions that are better focussed on activity for the future.  



Support Sought for Ombudsman Private Members Bill

NFU Scotland is urging Members of Parliament from all parties to support MP Albert Owen’s Private Members’ Bill to establish a grocery market Ombudsman when it comes before the House of Commons for second reading tomorrow (Friday, 5 March 2010).



Cypermethrin Dip Withdrawal to Hit Scottish Sheep Scab Initiative

NFU Scotland believes the decision by Animal Health firms to abandon the manufacture of cypermethrin sheep dip products in the future may undermine the delivery of a new sheep scab control initiative due to get underway in Scotland. It will also increase sheep producers’ reliance on other products to control parasites such as mites, flies and ticks.



Scottish Farmers’ Market Partnership gets Under Way

The first meeting of the Scottish Farmers’ Market Partnership (SFMP) was held today (3 March) at the Rural Centre, Ingliston and was addressed by Cabinet Secretary for Rural Affairs and The Environment Richard Lochhead MSP. 


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