• CAMPAIGNING charities should not be given more power to police wildlife crime as a political knee-jerk reaction to as yet unsolved raptor poisoning incidents, Scotland's gamekeepers have warned.

  • THE MOREDUN Foundation, the governing body of Moredun Research Institute, has awarded an honorary fellowship to farmer and former rugby international John Jeffrey.

  • A NEW 'Landowners' Charter' setting out a commitment to the principles and responsibilities of modern landownership was launched this week by landowners body Scottish Land and Estates.

  • PEOPLE DUE to renew their shotgun or firearm certificate in 2015 should make sure they get their application in with plenty of time to spare, according to experts at the UK's largest shooting organisation, the British Association for Shooting and Conservation.

  • THE choice of the majority of people in Scotland to vote No means that there will be far less immediate constitutional change.

  • WELSH FARMERS are up in arms amid fears that their CAP cross compliance regime will place additional costs, burdens or restrictions on food production in Wales compared to other EU countries.

  • UNCERTAINTY remains over what all the rules will be on the 'greening' measures that Scottish farmers must now meet as part of the reformed Common Agricultural Policy.

  • Scotland's rural areas lead the vote against independence, according to the chairman of the Rural Better Together campaign, George Lyon.

  • Scotland's decision to remain within the United Kingdom could precipitate a property boom, according to Charles Dudgeon, joint head of land agents Savills Scotland.

  • In the wake of the 55/45 vote split in favour of staying part of the United Kingdom, Scotland's farming's leaders have pledged to work to unite politicians behind a fresh drive to make the most of the 'real opportunities' for Scottish farm produce.

  • THIS WEEKEND'S edition of The Scottish Farmer went away to the printing presses before the Independence Referendum polls opened, so our coverage of the result - and the farming industry's reaction - will not be carried in print until the September 27 edition.

  • FARMERS AND others in the rural industries are being urged to get behind a new mapping initiative aimed at speeding up emergency service response to accidents.

  • School children from St Elizabeth's Primary School in Hamilton were given the opportunity to visit a working farm in order to be shown how the production line works and, ultimately, what is required of the farmer.

  • MANY FARM businesses have inadequate or out-of-date risk assessments that need to be revised in order to comply with the law

  • A TROUBLESHOOTER group is set to get to grips with any disputes that may arise before November's farm rent review term date.

  • MISS SCOTLAND Ellie McKeating, entered into the ringside spirit at Dalmally Mart last weekend, when she joined in at the United Auctions' sale, successfully bidding (on behalf on an undisclosed buyer) for a Cheviot cross lamb from seller Stuart Neish of Barachander Farm, near Loch Awe.

  • TRACTOR PULLING is a simple sport, with a simple goal - take one heavily modified tractor and try to drag increasingly heavy trailers as far as possible.

  • A REPORT in the wake of the horsemeat scandal has recommended that a food crime unit with full police powers be set up as a priority.

  • RECENT CUTS and closures in Scotland's fresh chicken sector are not the result of normal 'market forces' according to NFU Scotland, which this week called for a Competitions and Marketing Authority investigation.

  • FLOCK KEEPERS have been urged to update their sheep ID ahead of a major rule change - and that will mean double tagging older animals before trading them off the farm.