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  • “LAST WEEK I launched the SNP’s manifesto for the Scottish Parliamentary elections and within it I set out my plans to ensure rural Scotland continues to thrive. Across the length and bread of the nation, farming and food production is a central part of our economy and the bedrock of Scotland’s hugely successful food and drink industry.
  • “SCOTLAND’S farmers could be forgiven for thinking they have been abandoned by the SNP government. Richard Lochhead, the cabinet secretary for rural affairs and the longest serving environment minister in Europe – as he is so fond of telling people – has presided over a payments fiasco which would make the Marx Brothers blush.

  • “WHEN IT comes to the rural economy, the principal responsibility of the government is to get farm payments out the door. Food and drink strategies, animal health, food security and a belief in the industry are important and good. But farmers and crofters want to believe their government can do the basics properly. 

  • “The SNP botched land reform legislation in the last parliament and have let tax dodgers off the hook. 

  • “SCOTTISH GREENS have underlined their commitment to support a thriving food and farming sector, while tackling poor nutrition and food poverty, by proposing the creation of a new Food, Farming and Health Act in the next session of parliament.

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  • TWO Davids have taken on the top two roles at the head of the East Region following the recent agm at the Young Farmers Centre, Ingliston, where retiring chairman Jane Orr led the formal proceedings.

  • A SELL out crowd applauded some exceptional performances at the SECC Armadillo, Glasgow, last weekend, when members of SAYFC's West Region took to the stage for their Talent Spot final.

  • THERE was strong competition forward for the 'Member of the Year' final, in Elgin, but it was Tom Clark's passion and enthusiasm at club level that secured him the prestigious title.

  • THERE was a double celebration for the North Region as the National weekend drew to a close on Sunday, when two teams from the region went on to secure first and second place at the senior speechmaking final.

  • THE audience was certainly entertained as the first of the competitions got underway at the Eight Elgin Hotel, on the Friday evening, when seven clubs battled it out at the one-off 'YF got talent'.



  • ONE OF Fife's most prominent businessmen, who was also a leading breeder of Aberdeen-Angus cattle, has died at the age of 83.

  • Scotland has lost one of its most knowledgeable grassland experts following the death last month of Marshall Morrison.

  • The death has occurred of Hugh R Neilson, who was secretary of the Aberdeen-Angus Cattle Society, then based at 17 Bon-Accord Square, Aberdeen, from 1954 until 1963.

  • Following a short stay in a local hospital, well-known hill farmer and shepherd, Jim Brown, has passed away.

  • With the death of Ian Galloway, Scotland has lost one of its leading businessmen and the Scottish red meat industry one of its most innovative and progressive operators.

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