The Conservatives have accused the SNP of “putting nationalism before farming” by snubbing an offer to extend powers in the UK Government’s post-Brexit agriculture plan.
The Scottish Fishermen’s Federation (SFF) has called for a “joined-up approach” from the Westminster and Holyrood governments as the industry prepares to leave the Common Fisheries Policy (CFP).
Tests are being carried out on the carcasses of four cows destroyed at the Aberdeenshire farm where a case of BSE was found, MSPs have been told.
Scotland’s Rural Economy Secretary Fergus Ewing has accused the UK Government of being intent on stopping direct support payments to farmers “just as quickly as they can get away with it”.
Farmers have been given loans totalling more than £294 million in a government scheme to combat the impact of severe weather.
A series of amendments to the UK Government’s Agriculture Bill have been published by Rural Economy Secretary Fergus Ewing.
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 government taskforce is to be established to develop a new, simplified farm and rural support payments system.
Views are being sought on a new forestry strategy for Scotland.
The Scottish Government has called for a “fair solution” to the ongoing problem of red meat levy money from Scottish-born animals being collected down south.
Summer recess provides a welcome opportunity to get out and about in Scotland, attending shows from the Highlands to the south-west, visiting communities and businesses and hearing first-hand how things are in our rural economy.
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.
Payments to help farmers and crofters offset the cost of fallen stock retrieval have begun.
Nicola Sturgeon wielded the axe yesterday as she delivered the most radical reshuffle and restructure of the Cabinet in the 11 years since the SNP took power.
UK Environment Secretary Michael Gove left the Royal Highland showground last night after spectacularly failing to give the Scottish farming industry the one key assurance it demanded - that the long-promised review into the allocation of £160 million of convergence funding would go ahead.
Sheep coupled support payments worth £7 million will start arriving in the bank accounts of farmers and crofters in the next few weeks.
The Highland Council today unveiled plans for the purchase of a significant site on the southern side of Inverness’ Bridge Street.
Fisheries Minister Fergus Ewing batted away rumours of a looming cabinet reshuffle at Holyrood during his visit to the Skipper Expo International Aberdeen show yesterday.
New funding worth more than £6.9 million is to be invested in projects to help fishing fleets land and sell their catch and support jobs in coastal communities.
The long-awaited review into Common Agricultural Policy (Cap) convergence uplift funding has been delayed sparking anger at Holyrood.
Scotland’s fishing fleet is facing a “critical” risk which could force boats out of business or scupper the EU-wide ban on discards, it has been claimed.
UK Farming Minister George Eustice has written to the European Commission requesting a UK-wide exemption from the three-crop rule for 2018.
Payments worth more than £300 million will start arriving in the bank accounts of farmers and crofters today.
A new, independent commission, being launched today, will examine how the economic performance of Scotland’s rural areas can be improved.
The Scottish Government last night announced plans for a new £250,000 fund to help farmers and crofters offset the cost of retrieving fallen livestock.
Members of the public have been asked to “act responsibly” when walking their dogs in the countryside.
Opposition MSPs have united to block plans to bring forestry under the direct control of the Scottish Government.
Up to 60 jobs could be created in a north-east town as part of a massive investment into fish processing.
More than 2,500 acres of publicly-owned land are to be made available to set up around 50 start-up units aimed at helping would-be farmers to get a foot on the first rung of the farming ladder.
Defra’s plan to focus post-Brexit farm funding on environmental projects was yesterday condemned as a “green screen” devised solely to enable the Treasury to withdraw direct support for food production.