Farm subsidies of the future should not go towards producing Scottish whisky or other food and drink which could be bad for people’s health, according to a leading adviser on public health.
The first tranche of the long-awaited European convergence cash will be distributed to active farmers via a complex formula, the detail of which is still being worked out by the Scottish Government.
Scottish farmers and crofters are set to receive their share of £5.89 million in reimbursement payments from the European Commission.
Additional funding of £211 million for Scottish farmers and crofters must be delivered to the Scottish Government now, rather than in April next year.
Farmers and crofters are being urged to complete and return acceptance letters for the National Basic Payment Support Scheme by Friday September 27.
A well-known Aberdeenshire farming family welcomed Prime Minister Boris Johnson to its farm yesterday as he announced a £51.4 million boost for the sector.
Industry leaders have welcomed a funding boost of £51.4 million for farmers and crofters following publication of the Bew Review Group recommendations.
A long-running spat over historic farm subsidy allocations has been settled and Scottish farmers are set to receive their share of £160 million.
Farmers and crofters have been told subsidy support loans will be made available to them regardless of the outcome of Brexit negotiations.
The Scottish Tories have called for government farm subsidy loan payments to be increased to 100% of what a farmer or crofter is due.
The Scottish Government has asked Defra to deliver almost £110 million in extra Common Agricultural Policy (Cap) support to farmers and crofters north of the border.
Staff overtime costs for the Scottish Government’s beleaguered farm payments IT system have totalled more than £1.8 million since 2015.
Suggestions that other farm sectors should “carry the cost” of the cuts being made to the Less Favoured Area Support Scheme (LFASS) has been dismissed as “wholly unacceptable” by NFU Scotland’s director of policy, Jonnie Hall.
Rural Economy Secretary Fergus Ewing has called on the UK Government to give Scottish farmers and crofters compensation in the event of a no-deal Brexit.
Farm leaders yesterday called for certainty and clarity over the way in which industry will transition from the Common Agricultural Policy (Cap) into post-Brexit policy.
A “screeching U-turn” on cuts to Less Favoured Areas Support Scheme (LFASS) payments hijacked a Holyrood debate on the future of rural policy yesterday.
The Scottish Government has confirmed further cuts to Less Favoured Areas Support Scheme (LFASS) payments for the next two years.
More than £39 million has been awarded to farmers and crofters to help fund environmentally-friendly land management projects.
Scottish farmers and crofters are to receive their share of £5.7 million in reimbursement payments from the European Commission.
The eagerly awaited review of farm subsidy budget allocations will not apply to the current round of Common Agricultural Policy (Cap) funding, Defra Secretary Michael Gove has confirmed.
Scottish farmers’ long-standing hopes of getting their share of £160million of EU funds appear to have been dashed by Defra and the UK Treasury.
A new funding round for the Agri-Environmental Climate Scheme (AECS) will open in January.
NFU Scotland (NFUS) has called on the Scottish Government to pull out all the stops to ensure all outstanding 2017 farm subsidy payments are made as soon as possible.
The Scottish Government has failed to confirm whether applications for its New Entrants Capital Grant Scheme will be accepted after its final deadline on Friday.
Almost 500 farm businesses are still waiting to receive Basic Payment Scheme monies for 2016-17.
The Scottish Government has launched a national loan scheme to administer farm subsidy support from early October.
Farmers and crofters have been urged to share their views on the future of agricultural support.
Future farm payments should be used to encourage arable farmers to diversify into horticulture in a bid to reduce trade deficits and encourage healthier eating, claims an expert in rural policy.
Crofters and farmers are being urged to prioritise their 2018 Single Application Forms (SAF) forms before the May 15 deadline.
Farmers and crofters have 15 days left to apply for subsidy support through the 2017 BPS loan scheme.
Farm subsidy payment loans totalling £254million will start to arrive in bank accounts this week, Rural Economy Secretary Fergus Ewing has confirmed.
The exchange rate being used to calculate 2017 direct farm payments has increased by around 5% on last year.