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Integrated Pest Management – Guest Blog - 23 January 2020

The Voluntary Initiative (VI), an industry led initiative to promote responsible use of pesticides supported by NFU Scotland amongst others, has named a team of ambassadors throughout the UK to champion their schemes, tools and messages. John Murrie is the VI’s Scottish Champion on the Integrated Pest Management (IPM) Plan



Livestock Policy Manager's Blog - 22 January 2020

This year we expect to see Scottish cattle movement recording move from BCMS CTS Online to ScotEID, with the hope that the change will be seamless, and result in a single provider of the movement systems for official business to business cattle movements as well as ScotMoves.



Legal and Technical Committee Chairman's Blog - 20 January 2020

The difficulties that many users of gas oil (red diesel) have been encountering have been widely reported over many months writes Legal and Technical Committee Chairman Jamie Smart.



Understanding why dogs will chase livestock

Off the back of a paper from the University of Southampton, NFU Scotland Animal Health and Welfare Policy Manager Penny Middleton has taken a look at some of the key issues surrounding dog behaviour around livestock.



Vice President's Blog - 10 January 2020

As farmers and crofters head into the future, we must use 2020 as a launchpad to positivity and common sense about our industry, writes Vice President Martin Kennedy.



Vice President's Blog - 6 January 2020

Extreme weather events are in the news, climate change is high on the political agenda and agriculture is seen by some as a major contributor. Be in no doubt - responsible agriculture is part of the solution writes Vice President Charlie Adam.



President's New Year Message - 24 December 2019

We are leaving the 2010’s in a far different place than we entered it and 2020 doesn’t just bring a New Year, but a new decade and a new world for Scottish farming and crofting writes President Andrew McCornick.



SASA Guest Blog – 20 December 2019

Protecting crops from insects, weeds and diseases is a critical part of sustainable agriculture and producing plentiful, affordable food. Pesticides are often the most effective tool farmers have to achieve this, however their use may present challenges to the natural environment, users and consumers. The collection of data about how pesticides are used is one of a range of pesticide monitoring schemes conducted in the UK.



Forth and Clyde Chairman Willie Harper's Blog - 18 December 2019

The best way for the next generation of Scotland’s farmers and crofters to have their voices heard and to shape their Union is to get involved, according to Forth and Clyde Chairman Willie Harper.



Climate Change Policy Manager's Blog - 17 December 2019

There will be no successful climate change process without the involvement and contribution of the agriculture sector writes Climate Change Policy Manager Ruth Taylor after returning from COP25.


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