Decisions on future rural policy must be taken now to prevent long-lasting negative consequences for the sector, claims Scottish Land & Estates (SLE).
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.
Future rural policy should put the environment and other public goods at the heart of farming and land management.
Scottish Government has written to rural and environmental organisations calling for their help to "develop and guide future policy".
Scottish Land and Estates (SLE) has called for a debate about future policy and support for farms and rural businesses post-Brexit.