Gemma Mackenzie

Farming Editor at the Press and Journal.

Government told it must get active farmer test right

April 5, 2014

How the Scottish Government chooses to implement regulations surrounding farming activity will determine whether or not a new era of "slipper" farmers emerges under the new Common Agricultural Policy.

Blow over coupled support option

April 2, 2014

Scottish farming was dealt a bitter blow yesterday with reports the government's request for increased coupled payments have been shot down by the European Commission.

Island farms ‘rely on’ Cap cash

March 25, 2014

Orkney's farming community could lose up to £7million a year as a result of "ill thought out" Common Agricultural Policy (Cap) reforms, NFU Scotland has warned.

Preventing joint-ill in calves

March 22, 2014

Joint-ill is a perennial problem at calving time, with a variety of opportunistic bacterial pathogens capable of causing sporadic outbreaks.

Tenant farmers call for rent reviews to be put on hold

March 20, 2014

The Scottish Tenant Farmers Association is calling for a moratorium on all rent reviews until the dust settles on Common Agricultural Policy (Cap) reform and the government completes its review of agricultural holdings.

Politicians and campaigners grilled over key issues

March 19, 2014

EU membership, the battle for convergence uplift and what currency farmers would be using in an independent Scotland were all up for discussion at a heated NFU Scotland debate in Stirling this week.

2014 profits rise prediction

March 18, 2014

Farmers could be set for a higher profit in 2014, according to estimates from agri-consultancy Andersons.

‘Clock is ticking’ warning over new payments scheme

March 15, 2014

Farmers could be left waiting for vital support payments in 2015 if the Scottish Government does not hurry up and make a decision on the format of the new basic payments scheme, a leading consultant has warned.

North Sea ‘hangover’ ahead

March 11, 2014

The North Sea oil and gas industry is entering a hangover period after years of booming business, a leading energy financier has warned.

Longer contracts the future

March 4, 2014

Longer-term contracts could be a game-changer for North Sea operators and service firms, according to the boss of Aberdeenshire-based pump and rotating equipment specialist Sulzer Wood.

Marine safety experts create 100 jobs

February 22, 2014

Aberdeenshire marine safety specialist Survival Craft Inspectorate (SCI) is creating 100 new jobs as it gears up to meet new maritime safety regulations coming into force in July this year.

Technip predicts strong growth

February 21, 2014

Energy services giant Technip yesterday predicted strong growth for the year ahead with a backlog of orders worth £13.7billion.

Growth in jobs market marks progress

February 10, 2014

Private sector employment rose for the fourteenth month in a row in January, according to the latest Bank of Scotland purchasing managers' index.

Brazil pushes ahead at the double

February 10, 2014

Brazil is open for business and keen to attract investors as it pushes ahead to double its oil and gas production by 2020, industry executives said.