Union Hits the Road to Determine Future Agricultural Policy For Scotland

Members encouraged to attend to have their say at 13-date tour

NFU Scotland is taking to the road as it seeks the views of its members on what a new agricultural policy for Scotland should include.

The 13-date ‘Future Agricultural Policy for Scotland’ roadshow, which kicks off in Castle Douglas on Wednesday 7 November, will focus on engaging with members as the Union builds on its Steps to Change – A New Agricultural Policy for Scotland document launched in late March. There will be a member of the policy team, regional team and Presidential team at each of the meetings.

Andrew McCornick, President of NFU Scotland commented: “Scotland’s agriculture policy landscape is shifting, and major influences such as the UK Government’s Agriculture Bill and the Scottish Government’s Stability and Simplicity proposals could have significant implications for every farm and croft in Scotland.

“Determined to get the best possible outcome for all of Scottish agriculture, NFUS has seized the initiative and has developed proposals for future support that would fit with Scotland’s agricultural profile and would recognise activity and reward the decision and risk taker.

“The Union’s principles and priorities for financial stability, productivity gains and environmental delivery must chime with needs of all of its members. So, it is vital that we share our thinking and receive feedback from those that matter most.

“Leaving the European Union means leaving the Common Agricultural Policy and Brexit is the catalyst for a new agricultural policy for Scotland.

“NFU Scotland is determined to ensure Scotland’s future agricultural policy delivers a profitable and sustainable future for all agricultural businesses. To do that, input from our members is needed. We need to know what their priorities are and what measures will best enable them to achieve them.

“That will give us a solid platform on which to base the intense period of lobbying that lies ahead.”  Ends

Notes to Editors

  • The full timetable for the roadshow is as follows:
Wednesday 7 November - Threave Visitor Centre, Castle Douglas 7pm
Thursday 8 November - The Lodge, Carfraemill, Lauder 7.30pm
Monday 12 November - Dewars Centre, Perth 7.30pm
Tuesday 13 November - Western House Hotel, Ayr 7.30pm
Wednesday 14 November - Ayre Hotel, Kirkwall, Orkney 7pm
Thursday 15 November - Lerwick Hotel, Lerwick, Shetland 7pm
Thursday 22 November - Garfield Hotel, Stepps 7.30pm
Friday 23 November - Officers Mess, MACC Business Park, Campbeltown 12pm
Friday 23 November - Cuan Mor, Oban 7pm
Monday 26 November - An Crubh, Sleat, Isle of Skye 7pm
Tuesday 27 November - Pentland Hotel, Thurso 7pm
Wednesday 28 November - Dingwall Mart, Dingwall 7pm
Thursday 29 November - Glen Garioch, Thainstone Mart, Thainstone 7pm
There is no need to book, but if you would like further information then contact
NFU Scotland Head Office on 0131 472 4000. If you can’t make it along, you are encouraged to feed in your views to:
  • Media are invited to attend.  For more details email or call 0131 472 4000 and ask to speak to a member of the communications team.
  • NFU Scotland’s Steps to Change – A New Agricultural Policy for Scotland is available at: 

Contact Ruth McClean on 0131 472 4108

Author: Ruth McClean

Date Published:

News Article No.: 148/18

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Ruth McClean

Having worked in the communications and journalism industry for the last 11 years, NFU Scotland’s Communications Manager Ruth McClean understands the needs of journalists and has extensive knowledge of the wider agricultural industry. After growing up in Argyll and Bute and working in the area as a reporter for local newspapers for eight years, Ruth joined NFU Scotland in 2013 in her current role. She is also Editor of the Union’s membership magazine the Scottish Farming Leader.

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