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LFA Funding Boost to Scotland's Hill Farming Sector - Scottish Government takes on NFU Scotland proposals

Scottish Government’s decision to adopt NFU Scotland’s proposals for improvements to the delivery of the Less Favoured Areas Support Scheme (LFASS) will secure a significant uplift in funding to all those receiving LFA payments from the 2011 scheme.  



Long Term Prospects Mask Short Term Arable Gloom

Scottish arable farmers left the UK’s major arable event, Cereals 2010, with a positive view of long term prospects for grain but focussed on short-term concerns over price prospects and uncertainty over input costs.



Minister’s Mull Visit to Study Sea Eagles and Farming

Environment Minister Roseanna Cunningham visited Mull today, at the invitation of NFU Scotland, to meet farmers who are trying to strike a balance between managing the habitat of white-tailed sea eagles and successful farming businesses.



Unions Agree on Future of CAP and Mercosur

Livestock representatives of the UK and Irish farming unions have agreed they will continue to work together to secure a strong and fully funded Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) following a meeting in Edinburgh last week.



New Bluetongue Status to Help Curb Imports

NFU Scotland has welcomed European-approved changes to GB’s health status with regards to the devastating livestock disease, Bluetongue, and has repeated its call for Scottish livestock farmers not to import animals from the Continent during the summer months



Joint Commitment Made by NFUS, QMS and SAOS to Tackling Climate Change

Scottish industry bodies speak ahead of World Environment DayOn the eve of World Environment Day (Saturday, 5 June), three of Scotland’s leading agricultural organisations – NFU Scotland, Quality Meat Scotland and SAOS – have issued a joint statement that maps out a route for the Scottish industry to tackle climate change.



Sheep Farmers Benefit from Fallen Stock Package

NFU Scotland has welcomed details on how the Scottish Government’s £200,000 emergency aid fund, announced in April, will support those Scottish sheep farmers whose flocks were hit hardest by the worst winter in living memory.



Policy to Strike Balance Between Food and Forestry

NFU Scotland has told a major forestry conference that Scottish agriculture will continue to contribute towards Scottish Government targets of expanding woodland cover, but that policy priorities must focus on food production and having active farmers manage the land.



Farmers Urged to Participate in Cattle Health Debate

NFU Scotland is urging every cattle keeper in the country to carefully consider a Scottish Government consultation on a groundbreaking scheme to eradicate the costly disease Bovine Viral Diarrhoea (BVD) from the national herd.



Call to Protect Nation’s Reputation on Plant Health

NFU Scotland President, Jim McLaren, has called for Scottish growers to preserve the nation’s reputation for healthy potatoes when he addressed delegates from Europe and beyond at the Europatat 2010: ‘Potatoes without Frontiers’ conference, held in Edinburgh today (Friday, 28 May). 


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