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.
The importance of access to an EU migrant workforce was highlighted by Rural Economy Secretary Fergus Ewing during a visit to one of Scotland’s largest egg producers.
No plans have been drawn up for post-Brexit farm payments, the Scottish Government has admitted, leading to accusations of a “dereliction of duty”.
The Scottish Government has spoken out against UK Government plans to ban all live exports of livestock.
Laurencekirk-based co-operative Ringlink yesterday secured £39,000 of government funding to expand its farm apprentice programme and create a training template which can be rolled out across Scotland.
Farmers and crofters have 15 days left to apply for subsidy support through the 2017 BPS loan scheme.
The Scottish Government is to offer free feed budgeting advice to livestock farmers in the wake of fodder shortages and rising straw prices.
An international supermarket has launched a new programme to try to give up-and-coming food and drink companies in Scotland the chance to secure their big break.
Up to 20 jobs will be created in a north-east town as part of a £600,000 investment into fish processing.
A £2million funding package for superfast broadband in Aberdeen has been announced by the Scottish Government.
A new weather advisory panel for the agricultural sector is to be established, Rural Economy Secretary Fergus Ewing revealed at AgriScot.
Farm subsidy payment loans totalling £254million will start to arrive in bank accounts this week, Rural Economy Secretary Fergus Ewing has confirmed.
Scottish farmers have been robbed of £160m in EU convergence payments by the UK Government, Rural Affairs Secretary Fergus Ewing has told the SNP conference.
Scotland will exceed its target of connecting 95% of homes to superfast broadband, according to connectivity secretary Fergus Ewing.
Rural Economy Secretary Fergus Ewing has pledged to do all he can to ensure women have the same rights and opportunities as men in farming.
More than a year has passed since Fergus Ewing was appointed cabinet secretary for the rural economy in the Scottish Government.