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International Conference Focuses on ‘Greening’ CAP

Scotland’s leading food and farming organisation, NFU Scotland is welcoming guests from across the EU’s northern Member States today (Monday 30 May) to discuss ways in which the next Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) can meet higher environmental standards and still deliver on food production and rural economic growth.



UK's Farming Union Leaders Seriously Concerned by Attempts to Disadvantage UK Farmers

Farming union leaders in the UK have reacted with serious concern to reports that Government negotiators in Brussels are trying to give Member States the power to cut CAP direct payments by up to 20 per cent though a system which would replace voluntary modulation.



NFUS Guide to the Edinburgh Greening Conference

NFU Scotland is holding a two-day international seminar to discuss the ‘greening’ of support payments delivered to farmers under the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP). The seminar will take place at the Moredun Institute, Edinburgh on Monday, 30 April and Tuesday, 1 May 2012.



Calf Scheme Figures Positive Signal for Beef Herd

NFU Scotland has welcomed confirmation that the number of beef calves securing payment under the Scottish Beef Calf Scheme (SBCS) has risen for the second year in a row and that monies paid out under the scheme will start to hit bank accounts next week.  



Developing Greening Options for Northern Europe

Defra Secretary of State Caroline Spelman, Scottish Cabinet Secretary for Rural Affairs Richard Lochhead and MEP George Lyon are amongst those set to address a two-day international seminar organised by NFU Scotland examining the impacts of the EU Commission's greening proposals and ways in which they can be made to work.



Union Taking Action on NVZ Consultation

NFU Scotland urges its members and the wider farming community to respond to the Scottish Government’s consultation on proposed amendments to the rules that govern the Nitrate Vulnerable Zones (NVZs) and is taking to the road to garner views.



Union to Meet with Scot Gov on GBR Concerns

Further to NFU Scotland’s submission opposing some proposed changes to General Binding Rules (GBRs), that could see a ban on the use of fertilisers and pesticides on land with a slope of more than 12 degrees, the Union will meet with top Scottish Government officials to challenge them to find a more risk based and proportionate route forward on diffuse pollution.



Take Care in The Countryside This Easter

As people head out to enjoy the countryside this Easter weekend, NFU Scotland is reminding everyone to take special care around newborn lambs and calves and to be careful not to disturb them.



Issued on behalf of the Tenant Farming Forum

At a meeting of the Tenant Farming Forum (TFF) in Inverness today, Wednesday 4 April, Cabinet Secretary Richard Lochhead provided his support for the acceleration programme of work planned for the next 18-month period.



Union Warns of Slippery Slope on General Binding Rules

In a submission to Scottish Government, NFU Scotland has branded some of the proposals for changes to the General Binding Rules (GBRs) as neither risk based, nor proportionate.


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