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CEO's Blog 20 March 2017

Food and drink exports from Scotland are again being hailed as a great success story.  Last year a record £5.5 billion was exported.  This creates wealth for Scotland and jobs.  Around one fifth of all the manufacturing jobs in Scotland are part of the food industry.
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Vice President's Blog - 14 March 2017

Does every farm need an apprentice asks NFU Scotland Vice President Gary Mitchell? In the last few weeks, I've been hugely encouraged by how well our politicians have listened to our industry’s needs regarding apprenticeships.  And while they can always do more, it is up to us to us to take the lead, sell our industry to young people and create the opportunities to train and recruit the next generation of farm workers.
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Parliamentary Officer's Blog - 9 March 2017

Was the budget a missed opportunity writes NFU Scotland's Parliamentary Officer Clare Slipper? It was widely anticipated that this final Spring budget would be focused on growth ahead of the triggering of Article 50 and it saw the Chancellor lead with the statement that economic growth in the past year has exceeded expectations. However, few measures appeared in the statement that would stimulate our food and farming sectors. That said, there were several key items of note for the farming community.
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Vice President's Blog - 7 March 2017

Experience in other parts of the world simply serves to reinforce the need for a managed balance in the Scottish countryside.In November 2016, officials in Argentina announced that they had made a deal with neighbouring Chile to exterminate between 100,000 and 200,000 beavers in the Patagonia region that spans the two countries.
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Director of Policy Blog - 31 January 2017

Headline farm income figures may suggest things are turning around but they always require careful interpretation writes NFU Scotland's Director of Policy Jonnie Hall. According to the Scottish Government, Total Income from Farming (TIFF) is estimated to have increased by £96 million in 2016, after two years of decline. The Chief Statistician in the Scottish Government today published Total Income from Farming Estimates for Scotland 2014-2016 - http://www
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Parliamentary Officer's Blog - 17 January 2017

The Prime Minister, Theresa May MP delivered a speech this afternoon in which she set out the key principles she will stick to in the upcoming negotiation withdrawing the UK from the EU writes NFU Scotland's Parliamentary Officer Clare Slipper. It was not a ‘blueprint for Brexit’ with the Prime Minister not showing her hand on the detail and issues that will be integral to the central negotiation.
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