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The Importance of Staying Connected – Robin Traquair Guest Blog

I lose track of exactly when COVID started rearing its ugly head, but one thing is for certain - we have lost two Highland Shows and all the local shows which we look forward to going to each year. Not to mention every other social event, albeit a wedding, christening or funeral which we have not been able to attend.



Future UK trade deals: a joint letter from Scotland’s farming, food & drink industry and its supply chain

Scotland’s farming, food & drink industry and its supply chain have written to Secretary of State for International Trade, Rt Hon Liz Truss MP in respect of the Free Trade Agreement that is currently being negotiated between the United Kingdom and Australia.



#KeepTalking Week – RSABI Guest Blog

We have all heard the old saying it is good to talk. And our #KeepTalking campaign is encouraging everyone in the agricultural community to do just that, writes RSABI Welfare Manager Chris McVey.



EU Settlement Scheme – Four weeks to go

With the deadline for applications to the EU Settlement scheme only four weeks away (30 June 2021) there may be many people who have still to make an application writes Hamish Fraser of Citizens Advice Scotland.



Keeping on top of fuel issues - Jamie Smart, Transport Advisor

NFU Scotland first started receiving reports of problems with gas oil (red diesel) in November 19, these continue to turn up sporadically. A lot of work is being done in the background to try to find out what is causing these problems and what to do to stop it happening. What is becoming apparent is that there are a number of issues all of which can cause problems and also combine to cause other problems.



World Milk Day - Let's celebrate The White Stuff

World Milk Day, the annual celebration of milk which takes place annually on 1 June, has been a fixed date in the calendar for two decades writes NFU Scotland’s Milk Committee Chair and dairy farmer, Gary Mitchell.



Where now for gene editing? The EU View

What happens next, now that the EU has called for a rethink of GMO rules for gene-edited crops asks Jenny Brunton, Senior European Policy Advisor, British Agriculture Bureau?



EU Settlement Scheme – 50 days to apply

Do you employ EU Citizens? Have your staff applied for Settled Status? With applications for Settled Status to be in by 30 June 2021, NFU Scotland’s Policy Team state that time is of the essence to avoid disruption.



Commission door on negotiations remains firmly closed

The EU Commission’s door on negotiations with the UK appears firmly and frustratingly closed according to NFU Scotland President Martin Kennedy who writes:



Scotland needs a defined approach to forestry

If Scottish agriculture is to be part of the solution to climate change, while achieving ambitious food and drink targets, there must be a clearly defined approach to woodland expansion and forestry on agricultural land writes NFU Scotland Vice President Andrew Connon.


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