THE IMPORTANCE of food production and getting profitability and investment into the industry was the key message delivered by NFU Scotland president Allan Bowie when he addressed the Scottish Parliament's cross party group on rural policy this week.
SCOTTISH farmers this week took a timely opportunity to voice concerns and ask questions about the possibility of fracking - hydraulic fracturing of underground shale deposits to release natural gas - under their farmland.
FARMERS SELLING livestock directly to retailers via abattoirs are distorting the market and potentially damaging the price others get for their livestock because there is less demand around the auction ring, it has been claimed.
SCOTTISH PRIME sheep and cattle showmen and women can kiss goodbye to competing at this year's world famous Smithfield Fatstock Show - staged at the East of England Showground, at Peterborough - following the decision to bring the two-day event forward a week.
A FIVE year plan of improvement was this week announced by the LiveScot organisers, stating that the event's governing body would engage with more stakeholders, embrace new knowledge and technology to try to give direction to all of Scotland's farming sectors.
TWO WEEKS from today, farmer Jon Birchall, who is terminally ill with kidney cancer, will start a 5000 mile motorbike journey around the coast of mainland Britain to raise money for the kidney cancer charity, the James Whale Fund.
SCOTTISH TRANSPORT minister Derek Mackay met with dairy farmers on Bute this week to discuss subsidised ferry transport for milk tankers as a way of assisting beleaguered milk farmers on Bute and Gigha.
MILK SUPPLY contracts should be designed to develop long-term relationships between farmers and processors - and not be undermined by "speculative market manoeuvring" by processors making "opportunistic" purchases of milk on the spot market.
MOVEMENT restrictions on Scottish cattle herds not negative for bovine viral diarrhoea come into force on June 1 - and farm shows have been warned that it is up to them to establish the disease status of cattle entries at showfields.
SCOTLAND'S NATIONAL Museum of Rural Life will take on a distinctly post-war flavour this coming Sunday, as it stages a 'Fabulous 50s' event, featuring vintage music, dance lessons, hair styling and tea and cakes!