• THE important role that Taste of Grampian plays in the growth of a strong food community in the North-east has been highlighted by John Gregor, chairman of Taste of Grampian.

  • SCOTTISH breeder, Roy McFarlane, Bridge of Allan, has been elected vice-president of the Hampshire Down Sheep Breeders' Association.

  • DESPITE disastrously low beef prices some 30p per deadweight kg below the 350p per dwkg five-year average in recent weeks, the tide appears to have turned, with abattoirs reporting price rises of up to 5p per dwkg this week and a similar amount next.

  • SCOTTISH sheep and beef farmers are being encouraged to register for the Quality Meat Scotland (QMS) 'Rising to the Challenges' conference on May 17 at Airth Castle, near Falkirk.

  • MICHELIN-STARRED chef Tom Kitchin, one of Scotland's most inspirational celebrity chefs, has congratulated Perthshire's food and farming community for launching an innovative new 'Food Charter'.

  • CONTINUED low milk prices worldwide - often well below the cost of production - are at long last beginning to effect cow numbers across the key dairy exporting nations, which could eventually over-ride the crisis in the dairy industry.

  • SUSTAINED interest in organics - partially driven by an increase in young and socially conscious consumers with strong social, ethical and environmental values - helped boost growth in the Scottish organic sector by 2.6%.

  • FARMERS preparing to submit their claim for the 2016 Basic Payment Scheme (BPS) are being urged to consider how they could reduce their exposure to exchange rate losses when converting funds from euros to sterling.

  • TWO of Scotland's most iconic foods - Scotch Beef PGI and Scotch Lamb PGI - were high profile in Sweden this week at GastroNord, one of the major trade shows for the food and beverage industry in northern Europe.

  • INVERNESS farmer Euan Ferguson decided if he had to electronically identify (EID) his sheep flock, he would make the most of the information it provided.