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How green can this EU go?

GREENING WAS a big source of debate at this year's SIMA agri-trade show in Paris, as industry representatives explained how they would incorporate environmental care into everyday farming practice.

French style amongst the agri-politics and machinery, there was room for a dash of daring Charolais fashion at SIMA in Paris
French style amongst the agri-politics and machinery, there was room for a dash of daring Charolais fashion at SIMA in Paris

As part of CAP reform, greening could have major implications for Scotland through proposed new rules setting aside productive land and requiring rotation of crops. In turn, these could also have implications for Single Farm Payments if farmers do not comply, although this is all still very much subject to negotiation.

During the debate at SIMA, Royal Agricultural Society of England director, David Gardner, highlighted the voluntary schemes UK farmers already take part to help improve the surrounding environment.

(For the full story see The Scottish Farmer this week, March 2, 2013)

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